Philadelphia, PA – Brown senior Matt Mullery scored 22
points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while juniors Peter Sullivan and
Garrett Leffelman added 18 points each, as the Bears withstood a
late Penn rally to defeat the Quakers, 80-73, at the Palestra.
The win by Brown avenges a controversial last second loss to the Quakers three weeks ago, and lifts the Bears to 9-17 overall and 3-6 in the Ivy League. Penn falls to 4-17 overall and 4-4 in league play.
Mullery netted 12 of his 22 points in the second half, and shot a torrid 9 of 12 from the field. He also blocked three shots for the Bears. Leffelman scored a career high for the second straight game with 18 points and 4 rebounds. Sullivan’s 18 points came on 5 of 9 shooting from the field.
Penn sophomore Zack Rosen led all scorers with 29 points, and completed the double-double with 10 assists. Senior Jack Eggleston added 16 points for the Quakers.
Brown shot 52 percent from the field (26 - 50) while holding the Quakers to 40-percent shooting (27-66). The Bears also out-rebounded the Quakers by a 34-32 margin.
With the Bears holding a 41-25 lead at the half, Penn cut the Bears’ lead to seven points, 51-44, on a lay-up by Dan Monkton. Brown came back right away to go up by 16 points with a 15-6 run to pull ahead by a 66-50 margin on a trey by freshman Tucker Halpern with 6:45 left in the game.
The Quakers pulled to within four points of the Bears, 73-69, on a trey by Eggleston with 47 seconds left on the clock. But strong free throw shooting down the stretch iced the game for Brown.
Rosen scored 12 of Penn’s first 18 points, all on treys, to help the Quakers build an early 18-15 lead.
Brown answered with a 15-2 run, to pull ahead, 30-20, on a jump shot by freshman Tucker Halpern with 6:15 left in the half. Junior Sullivan registered eight points in the spurt to help Brown take control of the game.
Brown extended its lead to 16 points at the half by outscoring the Quakers, 11-5, the rest of the way to grab a 41-25 halftime advantage. The Bears shot a sizzling 67 percent from the field (16 of 24) in the first half with Sullivan hitting all four of his field goal attempts.
The Bears take on second place Princeton Saturday night, facing the Tigers in Jadwin Gymnasium, starting at 6:00 p.m.