Matt Mullery’s Overtime Basket With :05 Remaining Lifts Brown Over Wagner, 72-71

Matt Mullery’s Overtime Basket With :05 Remaining Lifts Brown Over Wagner, 72-71

Providence, Rhode Island - Senior center Matt Mullery’s lay-up with five seconds remaining rallied Brown to a 72-71 overtime victory over Wagner at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The win lifts the Bears to 6-9 on the season, while Wagner falls to 2-13.

Trailing 71-70 with 20 seconds remaining in overtime following a Bears’ field goal by freshman Tucker Halpern (photo right), Brown called timeout. The Bears put pressure on the Seahawks and Brown junior Adrian Williams picked up a loose ball on the Wagner inbounds pass giving the Bears possession with nine seconds remaining.

Following a timeout, Mullery took the inbounds pass at the top of the key and blew past his defender to hit the game winning lay-up with five seconds remaining in overtime. Wagner’s Chris Martin got off a desperation trey and the ball fell off the rim at the buzzer.

Halpern was the big story for the Bears, scoring 22 points on 9 of 20 shooting from the field, and pulling down seven rebounds, both career highs.

Neither team led by more than three points in the second half with the score tied 14 times and 14 lead changes.

The Bears grabbed a 62-60 lead with 34 seconds left in regulation on a 10-foot jump shot by Halpern. Wagner’s Michael Orock scored on a dunk with 19 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

Brown led by as many as six points in the first half, 31-25, following three point baskets by freshmen Tucker Halpern and Matt Sullivan with 3:34 remaining. The Seahawks closed the half with a 10-2 run to pull ahead, 35-34 at the half.

Freshman Andrew McCarthy scored 15 points and six rebounds in 14 minutes of play, connecting on 7 of 9 shots from the field. Mullery ended the game with 14 points and seven rebounds. Junior Peter Sullivan added nine points and a team high eight rebounds.

Orock led Wagner with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Tyler Murray added 15 points.

Brown travels to West Point, New York to battle Army on Wednesday, January 6. Game time is 7:00 p.m.