Cornell Holds Off Brown, 72-63, Despite Sullivan's 21 Points

Ithaca, New York – Junior Jonathan Gray scored 16 points and senior Chris Wroblewski added 15 points to lead Cornell to a hard fought 72-63 Ivy League win over Brown at Newman Arena. Brown junior guard Matt Sullivan led all scorers with 21 points.

 

The Bears fell to 7-18 with the loss, 1-7 in the Ivy League, while Cornell extended its record to 10-12 overall, 5-3 in league play.

 

With the Bears down to nine players due to injury, Sullivan stepped up and scored 17 of his game high 21 points in the first half.  Sullivan hit 7 of 13 field goals and 5 of 8 treys. Junior Stephen Albrecht also scored in double figures with 11 points, while junior Andrew McCarthy, senior Jean Harris, and sophomore Josh Biber added seven points each.

 

Bears' junior forward Tyler Ponticelli was the game's top rebounder, pulling down a career high 10 carroms.

 

Gray was a strong inside and outside presence for the Big Red, scoring 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting, and hauling in nine rebounds. Wroblewski had eight assists to go with his 15 points, while Jon ferry added 11 points.

 

Cornell used full-court pressure for 40 minutes to force 14 Brown turnovers.  The difference in the game came from behind the three-point arc where Cornell connected on 12 of 23 treys, while Brown converted 8 of 22 three-point attempts.

 

Holding a 36-34 lead at the half, Cornell utilized a 15-1 surge, all on treys by five different players, to break the game open up take 51-45 lead over the Bears.

 

Brown pulled to within six points of the Big Red, 66-60, on a lay-up by Sullivan with 2:39 remaining in the game. But the Big Red out-scored the Bears, 6-3 down the stretch to account for the final score.

 

A fast paced first half had seven lead changes before Cornell seemingly took control in the last eight minutes.  Brown held a 25-24 advantage following a layup by Tyler Ponticelli with 8:07 remaining in the half. 

 

Cornell out-scored the Bears, 8-0, to pull ahead by a 32-25 margin after Wroblewski connected on a trey with 5:28 left in the first half. 

 

A late Brown 9-2 surge that included two treys by Sullivan and a three-point play by junior Tellef Lundevall, cut Cornell's halftime lead to two points, 36-34.

 

Sullivan kept the game close for the Bears in the first half by scoring 17 points, including all five of his three-point attempts and 6 of 8 field goals overall.

 

Next week, the Bears will travel to Boston to challenge #23 Harvard on Friday, February 17 (7:00 p.m.), and continue north to Hanover, NH to face Dartmouth on Saturday, February 18 (7:00 p.m.).