NEWARK, N.J. – Martina Matejcikova's trey with 1:45 to play cut a Brown comeback bid short as the NJIT Highlanders held off the Bears, 48-43 at the Estelle Zoom and Fleisher Athletic Center on Saturday. Brown concludes its non-conference schedule at 6-8 overall before entering Ivy League play against Yale next Friday night.
Matejcikova (13 points) and Alyssa Albanese (10 points) each scored in double figures for the 5-15 Highlanders.
Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, N.J.) led the way for the Bears with 11 points on 5-of-15 shooting from the field.
Junior Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.) added three points and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Bears jumped out to an early 10-4 edge on the strength of five points from senior Carly Wellington (Lake Oswego, Ore.). After exchanging baskets, the Bears found themselves with a 16-13 lead, but NJIT rallied with 10 straight points to go up 23-16 with 2:43 left in the half.
Clarke's six points in the opening half, including a layup with 2:17 to play, cut the Highlanders' lead to five before late free throws extended the NJIT cushion to six at the half.
Trailing by eight early in the second half, a furious 10-0 Brown run capped off by Sophie Beutel's layup, put the Bears ahead 39-35 with 9:10 to play.
As the teams battled to a 41-41 deadlock with under two minutes to play, Matejcikova's trey gave NJIT a lead they would not relinquish.
The Bears had a chance to send the game into overtime, but Bikofsky's attempt from three was off the mark. The Highlanders converted on both free throws to give them a 48-43 triumph.
Brown opens the 2013-14 Ivy League schedule with home-and-home set against Yale, beginning Friday at the Pizzitola Sports Center.