Late Rally Lifts Cornell Over Brown, 75-66

Ithaca, New York – Leading 66-62, Brown was held scoreless for the last 6:54 of the game as Cornell rallied for a 75-66 Ivy League win over the Bears and complete the season sweep at Newman Arena.  The win gives the Big Red a 9-18 record, 5-8 in the Ivy League, while Brown falls to 11-16, 4-9 in Ivy play.
 
Brown forward Tucker Halpern scored 17 of his game high 18 points in the first half, and scored his only point of the second half on a free throw with 6:54 remaining to give Brown a 66-62 advantage. Cornell took the lead for good, 67-66, on a trey by Josh Figini with 3:31 remaining.
 
Halpern was dogged by the Big Red in the second half and was able to get off just four shots.  His 18 points came on 6 of 16 shooting from the field, and 4 of 9 shooting from behind the three-point arc.
 
Brown sophomore forward Andrew McCarthy scored 14 points on 5 of 7 shooting from the field, and pulled down a team high five rebounds. Senior Peter Sullivan scored 12 points, while handing out a career high six assists for the Bears. Freshman Sean McGonagill chipped in with 10 points and handed out five assists.
 
With 12 points tonight, Sullivan continues his upward climb on the Brown career scoring ladder. Sullivan jumped into 5th place on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,340 career points, moving past Mike Cingiser, who scored 1,331 points for the Bears from 1959-1962.
 
Junior Chris Wroblewski led the Big Red with 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Drew ferry (13 points) and Mark Coury (12 points) also scored in double figures for Cornell.
 
Trailing, 21-20, midway through the first half, Brown out-scored the Big Red, 10-0, to pull ahead 30-21, on a trey by Sullivan with 6:59 remaining in the half.  Cornell answered immediately with an 11-0 run to pull ahead by a 32-30 margin with 3:56 left.
 
In a first half that featured 11 lead changes, Brown finished strong to grab a 41-39 advantage at the half, with Halpern hitting a trey at the intermission buzzer.  Halpern finished the half with 17 points on 6 of 12 shooting from the field, including 4 of 6 from behind the three-point arc.
 
The Bears started the second half much like they finished the first half. Brown opened up a 10-point advantage, 56-46, on a three-point play by McGonagill.
 
Brown concludes its 2010-2011 season Saturday evening, traveling to New York City to face Columbia.  Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

 

Pictured:  Tucker Halpern '13.  photo by dspics.com