Maia and Halpern Propel Brown Past Cornell, 84-65

Providence, R.I. -  Sophomore forward Rafael Maia registered a double-double with a career high 22 points and 13 rebounds, while junior forward Tucker Halpern also scored 22 points, to power Brown past Cornell, 84-65, in an Ivy League game at the Newman Arena, snapping a 13-game drought against the Big Red.

 

The win extends Brown's record to 11-14 overall, 5-6 in the Ivy League, while Cornell falls to 14-14, 5-6 in league play.

 

Brown held a 43-31 lead at the half and kept up the offensive pressure in the final 20 minutes, expanding its lead to 20 points, 68-48, on a long trey by junior Sean McGonagill with 11:25 left in the game.

 

The Bears continued their hot shooting and expanded their lead to 27 points, 79-52, on a trey by Halpern with just over seven minutes left on the clock. Brown's biggest lead came with 6:22 left in the game on a Maia tip-in, giving the Bears an 82-53 advantage.

 

Maia turned in a complete performance, connecting on 9-of-14 field goals, with the 13 rebounds just two shy of his career high.

 

Halpern did most of his damage from behind the three-point arc, connecting on 6-of-11 treys in scoring 22 points, while converting 4-of-4 free throws.

 

Bears' freshman forward Cedric Kuakumensah was a shot-blocking machine, tying his own record for blocked shots in a single game with seven blocks, and setting a single-season Brown record with 60 blocked shots.

 

Kuakumensah, who played at the St. Andrew's School, broke the previous single season mark of 59 blocked shots by Matt Mullerey from 2006-2009. He also moved up the Ivy League chart for blocked shots in a season, and now stands in 11th place on the Ivy single season blocks list.

 

Kuakumensah also scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds.

 

Senior Matt Sullivan scored 16 points for the Bears and has registered 990 career points.  He'll look to reach the 1,000 point plateau tomorrow at Columbia.

 

Cornell freshman Nolan Cressler scored a team high 22 points, while Errick Peck added 13 points for the Big Red.

 

The Bears built a 30-21 advantage to start the game on 12 points by Halpern and eight by Maia.

 

Brown's largest lead of the opening 20-minutes came at the end of the half when Maia grabbed his own rebound and scored with three seconds remaining to give the Bears a 43-31 lead at intermission.

 

Halpern connected on 4-of-6 first treys in scoring 14 points as the Bears connected on 7-of-12 first half treys.

 

Brown plays its final road game of the season on Saturday evening, facing Columbia in New York City.  Tip-off is 7 pm.