Princeton, New Jersey - Princeton used a strong second half surge to pull away from Brown and earn an 81-47 Ivy League victory over the Bears at Jadwin Gymnasium behind junior Brandon Connolly's 14 points. Brown completed its season with an 8-23 overall record, 2-12 in Ivy play, while Princeton has posted a 18-11 overall record, 9-4 in Ivy play, with one game remaining.
The 7:30 p.m. start at Jadwin Gym turned into an 8:05 p.m. tip-off when a bolt came loose from one of the main baskets 45 minutes prior to game time when a Princeton played dunked on the hoop. A much longer than anticipated delay took place to bring in a replacement basket and position portable bright yellow shot clocks at each end of the court.
Senior Jean Harris led the Bears' attack with 12 points in his final collegiate game, hitting 5 of 10 field goals. Junior Matt Sullivan also scored 12 points, including 11 of Brown's 23 first half points. Junior Tyler Ponticelli chipped in with 10 points, while hitting all six free throws. Sophomore forward Josh Biber didn't score for the Bears, but grabbed a career and game high 8 rebounds.
Brown sophomore point guard Sean McGonagill handed out four assists in the game and established a new Brown single season record for assists with 157, breaking the previous mark of 155 by Jason Forte in 2002-2003. McGonagill, who played 40 minutes for the second straight night, finished the game with nine points.
With Brown playing a school record 31 games, Sullivan and Ponticelli each set school records for games played. In an injury-ridden season, not one Brown player was able to start all 31 games.
Connelly led Princeton with 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting from the field, while adding seven rebounds and six assists. Patrick Saunders and Doug Davis each scored 12 points for the Tigers.
Princeton held a 33-23 lead at the half and broke the game open with 65-percent shooting in the second half, connecting on 20 of 31 field goals after intermission. The Tigers shot 54-percent from the field overall (32 of 59), while Princeton's tenacious defense held the Bears to 29-percent shooting (18 of 62).
With the score tied, 15-15, with 10:39 remaining in the first half, Princeton out-scored the Bears, 18-8, for the remainder of the half to grad its biggest lead, 33-23, following a layup by Doug Davis with two seconds left. Sullivan scored 11 of Brown's 23 first half points.
The Tigers took control of the game by scoring the first nine points of the second half, to build a 19-point advantage, 42-23, with 17:30 remaining in the half on a lay-up by senior Ian Hummer.