Peter Sullivan’s 21 Points Lifts Brown Over Maine, 62-54
Brown scored the last eight points of the game, and senior Peter Sullivan scored a game high 21 points with perfect 13 of 13 shooting from the free throw line, to lift the Bears to a 62-54 come-from behind victory over Maine at the Alfond Arena.
The win gives the Bears a 4-3 overall record heading into Monday's game against Providence at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The loss drops Maine to 2-3 overall.
With the score tied, 54-54, Sullivan's lay-up with 59 seconds remaining game the Bears the lead for good, 56-54. After a defensive stop, Bears' sophomore Tucker Halpern hit two free throws with 24 seconds left to put Brown up by four points, 58-54. Four straight free throws by Sullivan in the last 17 seconds put the game away.
"This was a long trip and a solid win against a good team that was picked to win the America East Championship," said Agel. "Our team played really good basketball this afternoon. We have really tough kids, who share the ball, and it was great to come back in the game with my guys."
With 21 points against the Black Bears, Sullivan jumped two spots into 16th place on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,144 career points. He moved past both Russ Tyler, who scored 1,133 career points from 1968-1971, and Matt Mullery, who tallied 1,134 career points for the Bears from 2006-2010. Tyler was in attendance at the game as Brown's radio color commentator. Sullivan and Tyler exchanged high-fives after the final buzzer sounded.
Halpern registered his first career double-double for the Bears with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Garrett Leffelman scored nine points and freshman Sean McGonagill added seven points. Senior forward Chris Taylor equaled his career scoring high with six points, while also grabbing four rebounds for the Bears.
Murphy Burnatowski led the Black Bears with 15 points, connecting on 6 of 12 field goals. Raheem Silgleton also scored in double figures for Maine with 11 points.
Maine held a 28-27 lead at the half and scored the first six points of the second half to grab a 34-27 lead to open the half. Brown clawed back to grab a one point second half lead, 41-40, with 12:10 remaining on a trey by senior Adrian Williams.
The game continued back-and-forth with several lead changes, before Maine knotted the score at 54-54 on two free throws by Troy Barnies with 1:18 left in the game.
Brown had the better of play in the first half, leading by as many as six points, 25-19, following six straight free throws by Sullivan with 3:35 left in the half. The Bears would score just one more basket for the remainder of the half, as Maine took a 28-27 advantage into the locker room following a 10-foot jump shot by Jon Allison at the buzzer.
Brown is back in action again on Monday, traveling down College Hill to downtown Providence, for the 116th meeting with Providence College. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
Pictured: Peteer Sullivan '11. photo by dspics.com