Bears Face URI In Home Opener At The Pizzitola Sports Center

Nov. 13, 2007

Providence, RI -

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Coming off a weekend split at Eastern Michigan and Michigan, coach Craig Robinson's Brown basketball team opens its home schedule at the Pizzitola Sports Center against cross-state rival URI on Wednesday, November 14, with game time slated for 7:00 p.m.

The Bears (1-1) split their opening games in the state of Michigan, earning a 74-55 victory over Eastern Michigan, and falling to Michigan, 72-57. Rhode Island (1-0) earned a 90-63 win over Florida Atlantic in its season-opening game.

Senior guards Mark McAndrew and Damon Huffman led the way in the Bears' first two games, with McAndrew averaging 19.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, and Huffman scoring at a 20.5 points per game clip.

Brown and URI have met 150 times, dating back to the 1906-1907 season, with the Rams holding a 98-52 series advantage. URI has won the last five games between the two teams, including a hard-fought 72-68 decision last year at the Ryan Center. Brown's last win over the Rams came in the 2001-2002 season when the Bears came away with a 91-76 victory at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

Huffman and Rhode Island's Jimmy Baron each connected on eight treys in a shootout at the Ryan Center last year on 12/6/06, with the Rams coming out on top of a 72-68 decision over the Bears. Huffman finished with a career high 30 points for the Bears, while Baron tossed in 28 points.