February 21, 2008

Bears Travel To Columbia and Cornell For Ivy League Weekend Showdown

Feb. 21, 2008

Providence, RI -

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Providence, RI - With six league games left to play and Brown (6-2 Ivy) alone in second place in the Ivy standings, this weekend could go a long way in deciding the eventual Ivy Champion. The Bears first travel to New York City to face third-place Columbia (5-3 Ivy) on Friday night, before heading to Ithaca, New York on Saturday to battle first place Cornell (8-0).

Brown (14-8, 6-2 Ivy) earned its first ever sweep of Penn and Princeton on the road, dealing the Quakers a 66-61 loss to snap Penn's 24 game Ivy League home game winning streak, and coming back to beat Princeton, 65-63, in overtime, to complete the historic sweep. Since the Ivy League went to its current travel-partner format in 1956-57, the Quakers and Tigers have hosted 156 Ivy League weekends, and in that time, the two had never before combined for a 1-3 weekend record.

Bears' senior Mark McAndrew (Barrington, RI) will look to become the 21st player in Brown basketball history to score 1,000 or more career points. McAndrew, who leads the Ivy League in scoring with 16.8 points per game, has scored 992 career points for the Bears.

Brown freshman Peter Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after scoring 13 of his 15 points in the second half in Brown's win over Princeton.

Brown and Columbia have met 120 times, dating back to 1900-1901, with the Lions holding a 62-58 series advantage. Brown defeated the Lions, earlier this year, 68-63, in Providence. Columbia's last win over the Bears came last year, 77-68, in New York City. The Bears have won 12 of the last 15 games over the Lions.

Brown and Cornell will be meeting for the 111th time, dating back to 1949-1950, with the Big Red holding a 64-46 series advantage. The Big Red have won the last three games, including a 75-64 decision earlier this year in Providence. Brown' last win over the Big Red was a 69-64 victory in Ithaca on 2/26/06.