Quakers Crush Bears
Saturday, February 09, 2013
Let it never be said that Brown freshman forward Cedric Kuakumensah isn’t a generous person. Kuakumensah invited the entire Penn Quakers men’s basketball team to his block party at the Palestra Saturday night.
Let me explain.
Kuakumensah (5 pts, 6 reb, 7 blks) set a Brown University single-game record Saturday night swatting away seven Penn would-be scoring attempts. Unfortunately, while Kaukumensah was winning his battle, the Bears lost the war falling to Penn 71-48.
Kuakumensah's 7 blocks ties Andrew McCarthy for most blocks in a single game by anyone in the history of the program. McCarthy blocked 7 shots against Dartmouth to set the school record a year ago.
And that wasn't the only milestone chieved by the Bears Saturday night. Junior guard Sean McGonagill (12 pts, 7 reb) became the 25h player in Brown basketball history to score 1,000 points in his career. McGonagill now has 1,006.
But the Bears didn't feel like celebrating those individual accomplishments which they would have gladly traded for a team victory.
It was a closely contested first half between the two teams with Penn surging ahead just before halftime for a 28-25 lead at the break.
The Quakers also came out of the locker room following halftime on a 12-5 run in the first four minutes to extend their lead to 40-30.
Coming out of the under 16-minute media timeout, Bears senior Matt Sullivan (15 pts) went on a 6-0 run to get Brown back to within four at 40-36.
However, at that same time, Brown sophomore center Rafael Maia (10 pts) had to leave the game after picking up his third foul of the game. That may have helped fuel a 9-0 run by the Quakers pushed the lead up to 13 at 49-36 with 11 minutes to play.
Penn would hold off Brown behind from Miles Cartwright’s game-high 28 points.
For the second straight game, the Bears struggled to shoot the three. After going 1-12 (8%) from three at Princeton on Friday night, Brown managed to go just 2-18 (11%) from three-point range.
Conversely, Princeton went 8-13 from beyond the arc on Friday and the Quakers nailed 9 of their 15 attempts.
The two losses over the weekend drops Brown’s record to (8-12) overall and (2-4) in the Ivy League. It also ends a grueling 5-game road trip for the Bears within the Ivy League. Six of the team’s remaining eight games will be played at the Pizzitola Sports Center including next weekend when the Bears host Columbia on Friday night followed by Cornell on Saturday.
-Brown forward Dockery Walker was in attendance at the Palestra Saturday night. Walker played two seasons for the Bears but is taking the year off from school this year as he recovers from offseason knee surgery.
-Saturday night’s game marked the return of Brown head coach Mike Martin to Penn where he served as assistant coach for six years for both Glenn Miller and Jerome Allen. Many of the players on Penn’s roster were recruited into the program by Martin. Martin and Allen embraced one another following the final horn.
-While Rhode Islanders continue to dig out from all of the snow dumped on the state by winter storm Nemo, folks in Philadelphia suffered no ill effects from the storm which dumped mostly rain on the city.