Peter Sullivan’s 26 Points Leads Brown Over Sacred Heart, 81-67

Peter Sullivan’s 26 Points Leads Brown Over Sacred Heart, 81-67
 Providence, RI -  Senior forward Peter Sullivan exploded for 26 points to lead Brown to an 81-67 non-league victory over Sacred Heart in the Bears' home opener at the Pizzitola Sports Center.  The win lifts the Bears to 2-1 overall, while the Pioneers drop to 0-4 for the early season.

Sullivan's 26 points came on a torrid 6 of 8 shooting from the field and perfect shooting from the free throw line, converting 12 of 12 shots from the charity stripe.  He also pulled down a game high eight rebounds and handed out five assists in a complete performance.


With 26 points tonight, Sullivan moved into 19th place on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,088 career points, passing Ira James, who scored 1,079 points for the Bears from 1979-1982.


Sophomore Tucker Halpern (14 points) and senior Adrian Williams (12 points) also scored in double figures for the Bears. Freshman point guard Sean McGonagill was solid under pressure,  scoring nine points and handing out eight assists for the Bears.


Shane Gibson led the Pioneers with 17 points, while Femi Akinpetide chipped in with 14 points.


Brown opened the game by taking an early 21-12 lead on a three-point basket by Sullivan with 11:39, his 11th point of the game.  The Bears led by as many as 12 points in the first half, 26-14, on a trey by Williams with 9:42 left in the half.


The Pioneers rallied to pull to within one point of the Bears, 32-31, with 1:43 left in the half on a dunk by Akinpetide.  Brown built its lead back up to nine points, 40-31, on a three-point play by sophomore Tyler Ponticelli with 1.1 seconds left.  But an 75-foot  buzzer-beater by Sacred Heart's Evan Kelly cut Brown's halftime lead to 40-34.


Brown turned up the defensive heat in the second half and took control of the game.  Sophomore Matt Sullivan's lay-up with 8:11 left in the game gave Brown a 17-point lead, 65-48. The Bears' biggest lead of the game was 18 points, 75-57, on a back-door lay-up by Halpern.


The Bears are back in action again on Wednesday, November 24, hosting St. Francis (NY) on Thanksgiving eve.  Game time is 4:00 p.m. at the Pizzitola Sports Center.


Pictured:  Peter Sullivan '11.  Photo by