Gamecenter: Brown 59, Cornell 61

1st 2nd Final
Brown (7-15, 2-5 Ivy) 25 34 59
Cornell (12-9, 5-2 Ivy) 25 36 61
Newman Arena – Ithaca, NY Boxscore
Keys to the Game
Key sequence Damon Huffman gave Brown a 34-32 lead with a layup at the 15:06 mark of the second half, but Ryan Wittman put Cornell back on top with a three-pointer. After a Scott Friske turnover, Jason Battle found Graham down for a layup. Marcus Becker couldn’t connect on a three-pointer, and Dow added another layup. Following several fruitless possessions for each team, Mark McAndrew fouled Wittman shooting a three, and the freshman hit all three free throws to cap off a 10-0 run that gave the hosts a 42-34 advantage.
Key sign it was over McAndrew drew the Bears to within two with a three-pointer at the 3:26 mark, and Brown had a chance to tie the game, but Huffman missed the front end of a one-and-one. At the other end, Alex Tyler grabbed his own miss and put it back for a two-possession lead. Becker came up with an offensive rebound and was fouled, hitting both free throws to make it a two-point game once again. Louis Dale turned it back over to the Bears, but Chris Skrelja missed a three-pointer and Andrew Naeve controlled the rebound. Dale missed a three-pointer, and Brown had a chance to tie or take the lead, but McAndrew’s attempted game-winner wouldn’t fall in the final seconds, and Cornell escaped with the win.
Key performance Naeve finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds — four offensive — to go with two blocks and two steals without committing a turnover in 31 minutes.
Key statistic Brown is accustomed to outscoring its opponents at the line, but it was Cornell who made the most of the charity stripe, attempting 24 free throws compared to 11 for the visitors. The Big Red outscored the Bears 17-7 at the line on the evening.

– McAndrew led all scorers with 17 points on 6-for-13 shooting — 4 of 9 from three — and added 13 rebounds and three assists in 40 minutes.

– Dale and Wittman tied for high-scoring honors for Cornell with 14 points, but the pair combined to shoot just 7 of 27 (26.0 percent) from the field.

– The Big Red controlled the boards, rebounding at 35.7 percent offensively while holding the Bears to 14.7 percent, yet owning only a 10-7 lead in second-chance points.

– Cornell won despite shooting just 20 of 57 (35.1 percent) overall and 4 of 18 (22.2 percent) from three.

– Brown shot 6 of 12 (50.0 percent) from three in the first half, but just 4 of 15 (26.7 percent) in the second half.

– Brown heads to the city to face Columbia (12-9, 3-4 Ivy) on Saturday, February 10, at 7:00 pm ET, while Cornell welcomes Ivy leader Yale (10-10, 6-1 Ivy) to Newman Arena.

Jake Wilson

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Basketball U.

Jake Wilson wrote 754 posts

Post navigation

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>