Durham, New Hampshire – Senior Dane DiLiegro scored a game high 23 points, including a game-winning lay-up with 2.8 seconds remaining to break a 66-66 tie and give New Hampshire a 70-66 win over Brown in a non-league game at Lundholm Gymnasium. Bears' senior Peter Sullivan scored 20 points as Brown dropped to 3-2 on the season.
Brown sophomore Tucker Halpern tied the game for the Bears, 66-66, by connecting on two free throws with 8.1 seconds left on the clock. New Hampshire guard Chandler Rhodes drove the length of the court and dished to DiLiegro under the basket for the game-winning shot with just 2.8 left on the clock.
Brown rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit, and tied the game, 60-60, with 2:13 remaining on Sullivan's two free throws. The Bears grabbed their first lead since 2-0, when freshman Sean McGonagill connected on two free throws to grab a 61-60 advantage with 1:40 left on the clock.
The Wildcats (4-1 overall) jumped back to a three lead, 65-62, but a lay-up by McGonagill, and two free throws by Halpern tied the game once again for the Bears, 66-66.
With 20 points this afternoon, Sullivan moved into 18th place on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,114 career points, moving past Mark McAndrew, who scored 1,100 points for the Bears from 2004-2008. Sullivan also had a career high four steals, and a team high eight rebounds.
Halpern also scored in double figures for Brown with 15 points, while adding five rebounds. Senior Garret Leffelman chipped in with 12 points for Brown.
DiLiegro also grabbed 12 rebounds to go with his 23 points, connecting on 8 of 10 field goals. Tyrone Conley (19 points) and Ferg Myrick (12 points also scored in double figures for the Wildcats.
New Hampshire opened the game by building an early 13-point lead, 21-8, following two free throws by DiLiegro with 11:30 left in the half. The Wildcats hit 8 of 12 shots to open the game, while the Bears converted just 2 of their first 12 shots.
The Bears clawed back into the game and pulled to within six points, 29-23, on a trey by McGonagill with 3:11 remaining. Jordan Bonner's three-point basket at the first half buzzer sent the New Hampshire into the locker room with a 36-26 advantage.
Brown out-scored the Wildcats 16-4 to open the second half, and pulled to within two points of the Wildcats, 42-40, following a Sullivan free throw with 13:03 left to play.
The Bears travel to Hartford, CT, on Thursday, December 2, to face the University of Hartford, for its second of six games against Connecticut schools. Game time is 7:00 p.m.
Pictured: Peter Sullivan '11. photo by dspics.com