Princeton Beats Brown 77-63
Friday, February 03, 2012
The Brown Bears played with a lot of energy last week winning games against Bryant and Dartmouth before losing to 23rd-ranked Harvard. Last night, that energy wasn’t quite there as the Bears fell to Princeton 77-63 at home.
Brown can be excused for being a bit worn down. The Bears have been extremely undermanned all season long due to injury, illness and ineligibility. That situation worsened this past week when freshman Jon Schmidt missed practice with an eye problem, fellow freshman Longi Yiljep was declared out for the season with a toe injury. So, too, was junior Patrick Donnelly with a hip injury. Stephen Albrecht missed practice all week with a back injury and senior Jean Harris is out for the weekend with the flu.
Both teams started the game on fire hitting shots from everywhere. Princeton was the hotter of the two teams as the Tigers raced out to a 19-point lead with less than 5 minutes to play in the first half.
Brown trailed 48-34 at halftime and cut the deficit to 11 a few minutes into the second half. Unfortunately, the Bears couldn’t capitalize on some great offensive opportunities to cut the deficit to single digits.
Sophomore Ben Hazel, a 26% shooter from three, drained a career-high four three’s for the Tigers. He and Doug Davis led the team with 12 points each.
Brown was paced by Sean McGonagill’s 17 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Tyler Ponticelli has 13 points and 6 rebounds. Matt Sullivan finished with 10.
The win improved Princeton’s record to (11-9) overall and (2-2) in the Ivy League. Brown falls to (7-15). The Bears are (1-4) in Ivy play.
Brown hosts Penn (11-10, 3-1) at the Pizz Saturday night at 6pm. The Quakers lost at Yale 60-53 Friday night.