Feb. 13, 2009
PROVIDENCE, RI -
Brown (6-14, 0-6 Ivy) returns to the Pizzitola Sports Center after a month on the road, taking on perennial Ivy League powers Penn (5-13, 1-3 Ivy) and Princeton (9-8, 4-0 Ivy) at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Friday and Saturday, February 13 and 14. Tip-off for both games is 7:00 p.m.
The Bears last played at home on January 16 vs. Yale, and have played five straight Ivy League road games, covering three weekends, away from Providence. Last week's heartbreaking loses to Dartmouth (63-61 ot) and Harvard (64-63) marked the first time since the 1978-79 season that Brown had lost two games on an Ivy weekend by just three points.
Bears' junior center Matt Mullery scored a career high 27 points, including 21 in the second half, in Brown's one-point loss to Harvard, connecting on 13 of 16 field goals in just 26 minutes of play. He also registered a double-double vs. Dartmouth with 12 points and 13 rebounds in an overtime loss to the Big Green. Mullery is the Ivy League's fourth leading scorer (16.1 ppg.) and leads the Ivy League in field goal percentage (121 of 208, .582). His 90 career blocked shots rank third in the Brown record book.
Sophomore forward Peter Sullivan scored 18 points and pulled down six rebounds in Brown's overtime loss to Dartmouth, playing 44 minutes. He tossed in 20 points in Brown's one point loss to Harvard, while also pulling down a team best eight rebounds. Sullivan is averaging 14.6 points per game, fifth best in the Ivy League.
Senior forward Scott Friske contributed a double-double vs. Dartmouth, scoring 19 points and grabbing a career high 13 rebounds. His 8.2 rebounds per game in league contests leads the Ivy League.
Sophomore Adrian Williams is shooting 89 percent from the free throw line (41 of 46) to lead the Ivy League. He is averaging 12.1 points per game, 11th best in the Ivy League, while his 2.6 three-point field goals per game are second in the league. Senior Chris Skrelja ranks second in the Ivy League with 6.4 rebounds per game and third in the league with 3.7 assists per game.
The Bears and Quakers have met 112 times, dating back to 1901-1902, with Penn holding a 91-20 series advantage. Brown swept Penn last season, first earning a 66-61 win over the Quakers in Philadelphia to snap the Quakers 24-game home Ivy League winning streak. The Bears completed the sweep with a 75-43 win over the Quakers in Providence, Penn's biggest Ivy loss ever. Princeton's last win over the Bears came on 3/2/07, 67-64.
Brown and Princeton will be meeting for the 114th time, dating back to 1907-1908, with the Tigers holding a 90-23 series advantage. Brown earned its second straight season sweep over the Tigers last year, earning a thrilling 65-63 overtime win in Princeton, and a 64-57 victory over Princeton in Providence. The Tigers' last win over Brown came in 2005-06, 52-37.