January 31, 2008

Bears Host Cornell and Columbia in Key Ivy Weekend

Jan. 31, 2008

Providence, RI -

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Providence, RI - When the league champion is determined by a 14-game regular season schedule, every game is important. When you're playing the pre-season favorite at home for the first time, it's an especially big game.

The Brown men's basketball team will host Cornell and Columbia this weekend, Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Friday night's game against the Big Red will pit the Bears against the Ivy League pre-season favorite, a team that is already 2-0 in Ivy play. Columbia comes into the Bears Den on Saturday evening, looking to get back in the thick of the Ivy League race.

Brown (9-7, 1-1 Ivy) is coming off a 77-68 Ivy League victory over Yale at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Saturday. Damon Huffman `08 was named the Ivy League Player of the Week after scoring 23 points, and Adrian Williams `11 was named the Ivy Rookie of the Week for his 11-point performance. Chris Skrelja `09 registered a double-double for the Bears with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Cornell (10-5, 2-0 Ivy) completed a season sweep over Columbia (7-10, 0-2) with a 72-54 win over the Lions last Saturday.

Brown and Cornell will be meeting for the 110th time, dating back to 1949-1950, with the Big Red holding a 63-46 series advantage. Cornell swept the Bears last year, winning 61-59 in Ithaca, and 79-67 in Providence. Brown's last win over the Big Red was a 69-64 victory in Ithaca on 2/26/06.

Brown and Columbia have met 119 times, dating back to 1900-1901, with the Lions holding a 62-57 series advantage. The two teams split games last year, with the Lions defeating the Bears, 77-68, in the first meeting between the two teams on 2/10/07, and Brown coming back for a 64-59 victory in Providence on 2/23/07. The Bears have won 11 of the last 14 games over the Lions.