Jan. 29, 2009
Providence, Rhode Island -
Head coach Jesse Agel's Brown men's basketball team hits the road on a New York swing, facing defending Ivy Champion Cornell (12-6, 2-0 Ivy) on Friday, January 31 in Ithaca, NY, and Columbia (5-11, 0-2 Ivy) on Saturday, January 31 in New York City. Friday's game at Cornell will be the second of five straight road games for the Bears.
Brown (6-10, 0-2 Ivy) will look to get back on the winning track following a 57-55 loss to Yale in New Haven last Friday. Junior Matt Mullery scored 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked a school record six shots to lead the Bears, while sophomore guard Adrian Williams added 16 points.
Brown and Cornell will be meeting for the 112th time, dating back to 1949-1950, with the Big Red holding a 65-46 series advantage. The Big Red have won the last four games, including a both games last year, 75-64 in Providence and 74-65 in Ithaca. Brown' last win over the Big Red was a 69-64 victory in Ithaca on 2/26/06.
Brown and Columbia have met 121 times, dating back to 1900-1901, with the Lions holding a 62-59 series advantage. Brown has won three straight games over the Lions, sweeping the season series last year, winning 68-63, in Providence and 67-52 in New York City. Columbia's last win over the Bears came on 2/10/07, 77-68, in New York City. The Bears have won 13 of the last 16 games over the Lions.
Sophomore Peter Sullivan (35.7 minutes per game) and senior Chris Skrelja (34.8 minutes per game) are 1-2 in the Ivy League in minutes played. Williams is close behind in fifth place, averaging 34.2 min. per game, while Mullery has logged 32.8 min. per game, eighth in the Ivy League.