Providence, Rhode Island – Senior forward Peter Sullivan exploded for a game high 26 points, connecting on 16 of 16 attempts from the free throw line, to lead Brown to a 75-65 Ivy League win over first place Princeton at the Pizzitola Sports Center, sending the Tigers to their first Ivy loss of the season.
With the win, Brown moved to 10-14 overall, 3-7 in the Ivy League, while Princeton falls to 20-5 overall, 8-1 in the Ivy League.
Sullivan, who scored 20 or more points for the 18th time in his career, netted 16 of his game high 26 points in the decisive second half. He also pulled down a team high eight rebounds. His 16 free throws are the most by an Ivy player this season.
With 26 points against the Tigers, Sullivan moved into the Top 10 on Brown's all-time scoring list, now with 1,299 career points, good for ninth place.
Bears' freshman point guard Sean McGonagill also turned in a strong performance with 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Sophomore forward Andrew McCarthy came off the bench to score a season high 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting from the field for the Bears.
Princeton was led by Kareem Maddox, who did most of his damage from the free throw line, hitting 11 of 13 free throws in scoring a team high 19 points. Ian Hummer registered a double-double for the Tigers with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Brown shot a sizzling 25 of 27 from the free throw line, while Princeton wasn't far behind, knocking down 19 of 24 free throws.
Brown never trailed in the first half, and grabbed its biggest lead, 35-24, after a trey by senior Garrett Leffelman with 2:30 left before halftime. The Tigers clawed back with the last six points of the half to trail, 35-30, at intermission
Princeton grabbed its only lead of the game, 45-44, on an Ian Hummer jump shot at the 12:28 mark of the second half.
The Bears came back immediately and pulled ahead by six points, 54-48, following three free throws by Sullivan. Brown extended its lead eight points, 65-55, on two free throws by McCarthy with 3:11 remaining. The Bears put the game away by connecting on 10 of 12 free throws in the final 2:40.
Leffelman was Brown's fourth double figure scorer with 11 points on 5 of 6 shooting from the field. Brown sophomore Tucker Halpern scored just five points for the Bears, but played a pivotal role for the Bears with four rebounds and a career high seven assists.
Brown's final home weekend of the season is next weekend, Friday and Saturday, February 25 & 26, against Harvard and Dartmouth. Friday's home game starts at 7:00 p.m. against the Crimson, while Saturday's Senior Day game against the Big Green tips-off at 6:00 p.m.
Pictured: Peter Sullivan '11. photo by dspics.com