December 9, 2008

Mullery and Williams Power Brown Over Hartford, 72-62

Dec. 9, 2008

Providence, RI - Junior center Matt Mullery scored 22 points, and sophomore Adrian Williams added a career high 19 points, as Brown (4-5) led from start-to-finish in a 72-62 non-league win over Hartford (3-7) at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

Mullery, the Ivy League's leader in field goal percentage, scored 22 points on five of eight shooting from the field and 12 of 17 shooting from the free throw line. He also pulled down eight rebounds and blocked two shots. Williams connected on five of eight first half treys en route to his career best 19 points.

Brown came out of the gate with a three-point barrage on the Hawks, building a 34-19 advantage in the first 15 minutes. The Bears connected on 9 of 16 treys in the spurt, with Williams connecting on five treys and sophomore Sean Kane hitting a career best three treys.

The Bears extended the lead to 18 points, 37-19, on a three-point play by Mullery with 4:34 left in the half. Mullery later made it a 19-point Brown lead at the half, 42-23, on another three-point play.

After the Bears opened a 21 point second half lead, 47-26, on a Mullery free throw with 18:15 left in regulation. Hartford mounted a comeback, pulling to within eight points of the Bears, 54-46, on a jump shot by Joe Zeglinski with 9:14 remaining in the game.

Brown quickly answered by scoring the next eight points to build the lead back up to 16 points, 62-46, with senior Chris Skrelja scoing four of the Bears' eight points in the spurt.

Sophomore Peter Sullivan also scored in double figures for Brown with 10 points, while also grabbing six rebounds. Kane finished the game with career high nine points. Skrelja scored just five points for the Bears but added 13 rebounds and five assists.

Morgan Sabia led the Hawks with 18 points, while Zeglinski chipped in with 14 points and a team high eight rebounds.

The Bears will break for final exams for the next 12 days, returning to the hardwood on Sunday, December 21 at Wagner in Staten Island, NY, starting at 4:00 p.m.