Brown Gets First Ivy League Win — Downs Dartmouth 60-58

Saturday, February 02, 2019

 

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Coach Mike Martin

Playing without point guard Brandon Anderson and with Desmond Cambridge scoring just four points, the Brown Bears were able to beat Dartmouth on the road 60-58.

The Key was Brown did get 26 points off the bench.

Senior Obi Okolie scored 15 points and fellow senior Chris Sullivan adding a career-high 13 points to lead the Bears giving Brown (13-6, 1-2 Ivy) its first Ivy win of the season. 

"I'm really pleased with the way the game turned out despite not playing our best offensively," said Brown head coach Mike Martin. "Our defense really kept us in the game and was responsible for the win."

The game ended in “wild finish punctuated a game with seven lead changes, with the Bears rallying from a seven-point deficit, 53-46, with 4:10 remaining. An 11-1 Brown run lifted the Bears to a 57-54 lead with Okolie leading the way with four points.”

Shooting Woes

The Brown win is a bit of a shocker as they continued to struggle on offense. The Bears shot just 37 percent from the field and only 52 percent from the foul line.

Things don’t get easier for Brown who heads to Cambridge Saturday to take on Harvard.

After Dartmouth cut the Bears' lead to one point on two free throws by Taurus Samuels with 22 seconds left, Okolie put Brown back up by three points with two free throws, 59-56, with 18 seconds remaining.

Big Green forward Chris Knight scored on a layup with nine seconds remaining to trail, 59-57, and Brown freshman David Mitchell added a free throw with eight seconds left for a 60-58 Bears' lead.

Big Green guard Guilien Smith had a chance to win the game with one second remaining, but his trey was off the mark.

Okolie connected on 4-of-7 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws while grabbing four rebounds. Sullivan came off the bench to convert 5-of-6 shots from the field, including 3-of-3 from beyond the three-point arc.

Brown sophomore Tamenang Choh fouled out with 22 seconds remaining, registering 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while sophomore George Mawanda-Kalema chipped in with seven points, all in the first half.

The cold shooting Bears hit just 1-of-11 treys in the opening eight minutes, falling behind 17-11. Seven straight points by Mawanda-Kalema gave the Bears their first lead, 18-17, with 6:14 left in the half. 

The Bears finished strong and held their biggest lead at the half, 27-23, on a Chris Sullivan trey.

Sullivan's trey at the 9:14 mark of the second half gave the Bears a 43-42 lead, but the Big Green scored seven straight points to pull ahead, 49-43, with 6:37 remaining on a corner trey by James Foye.

Zach Hunsaker's trey with 1:54 remaining cut Dartmouth's lead to 54-52 and Desmond Cambridge drew the Bears to within one point, 54-53, on a free throw with 1:31 left to play.

Choh's layup on a pass from Cambridge with 1:00 remaining gave Brown a 55-54 advantage, and he connected on a free throw with 42 seconds left for a 56-54 lead. Okoli hit a 28.5 seconds left on the clock to give Brown a 57-54

The Harvard game is at Levities Pavilion. Tip-off is 7:00 pm on ESPN+.

 

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