Penn’s Late Free Throws Topple Brown, 66-64
Providence, R.I. – Junior Miles Cartwright scored 25 points, including two free throws with 0.7 remaining, rallying Penn to a controversial 66-64 Ivy League win over Brown at the Pizzitola Sports Center, snapping a three-game Bears' winning streak.
The loss drops Brown to 12-15 overall, 6-7 in the Ivy League, while Penn goes to 8-20 overall, 6-6 in league play.
A trey from the corner by senior Matt Sullivan gave the Bears to a 64-58 advantage with two minutes left in the game. Six straight points by Cartwright tied the game, 64-64, with 42 seconds remaining.
Sullivan missed a trey for the Bears with seven seconds remaining, and Penn headed down court. With two fouls to give, Brown junior guard Sean McGonagill gave a foul with two seconds left on the clock. On the inbound pass, Brown slapped the ball out of bounds with 1.1 seconds remaining.
On the throw in, Brown still had a foul to give and seemingly fouled Cartwright immediately with his back to the basket, 40 feet from the hoop. Cartwright then turned and threw the ball toward the basket and Brown, inexplicably, was whistled for a shooting foul with 0.7 seconds left on the clock. Cartwright made the first two and intentionally missed the third to give Penn the win.
"Disappointing night and a disappointing result," said Brown head coach Mike Martin. "The game doesn't come down to one shot or one play. It's a 40-minute game and we have to play for the full amount of time."
Brown had four players in double figures, led by McGonagill, who netted 15 points. Bears' sophomore forward Rafael Maia registered a double-double, scoring 12 points and a game high 14 rebounds. Senior guard Stephen Albrecht scored 13 points, on 4-of-5 shooting from the field, while Sullivan added 13 points for the Bears.
Cartwright scored 17 of his 25 points in the first half and shot 8-of-12 from the field, including a perfect 4-of-4 from behind the three-point arc. Patrick Lucas-Perry chipped in with 15 points for the Quakers.
Penn led by as many as eight points in the first half, 31-23, following a trey by Cartwright with 3:12 left in the opening 20 minutes. The Bears clawed back and cut the Quakers' lead to five points at the half, 33-28, on a Maia lay-up with 1:20 left.
Brown came roaring back to tie the game, 46-46, on a four-point play by McGonagill at the 12:21 mark. The Bears took their first lead, 51-48, with 11:30 remaining on a trey by senior Stephen Albrecht.
Sullivan gave Brown its biggest lead, 60-53, on a trey with 6:08 left in the game. The Quakers came back and cut the Brown lead to just two points, 60-58.
Brown wraps-up its season Saturday evening, hosting first-place Princeton at the Pizzitola Sports Center, starting at 6 p.m.