Hobbie and Spieth Lead Brown Over Cornell, 78-66
Providence, R.I. – Freshman guard Norman Hobbie and freshman forward Steven Spieth scored 18 points each to lead Brown to a 78-66 come-from-behind win over Cornell in an Ivy league game at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
Brown improves to 10-7 overall and moves into a second place tie in the Ivy League with a 2-1 league mark. Cornell drops to 1-16, 0-3 in Ivy play.
"Every game in this league is a championship game with no post-season tournament," said Brown head coach Mike Martin. "Our intensity was better in the second half and our offense got going in transition. We have to do a better job of utilizing our size inside."
Hobbie scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half with all of his points coming on treys, connecting on 6-of-9 treys overall. Spieth netted a career high 18 points with near perfect shooting for the game, connecting on 5-of-5 field goals and 8-of-9 free throws.
Bears' senior guard Sean McGonagill, the Ivy League's leading scorer, was held to two points in the opening half with three fouls, but came back with 13 second half points to finish with 15 points, a team high eight rebounds and six assists.
Big Red senior guard Jake Matthews came off the bench to score 17 points. Nolan Cressler had 16 points for Cornell and Devin Cherry registered a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Hobbie gave Brown the lift it needed at the beginning of the second half. Trailing 33-30 at intermission, Brown got back in the game with defense and a three-point barrage, led by Hobbie's trey at the 16:43 mark gave Brown the lead for good, 38-37. McGonagill's trey at 15:21pushed the Bears' lead to six points, 43-37.
Back-to-back treys by Hobbie lifted the Bears to a 13-point advantage, 55-42, followed by a lay-up by freshman Leland King to extend the Bears' lead to 57-42 and put the game out of reach.
Brown jumped out to a 19-4 lead in the opening eight minutes, capped off by a basket by freshman Leland King. In the stretch, Brown held the Big Red to 6-percent shooting (1-of-15) from the field.
Cornell got back into the game with an 11-0 run to pull to within four points, 19-15, on a lay-up by Cressler with 7:42 remaining in the half.
The Big Red kept the pressure up and took its first lead, 27-25, with 4:00 left in the half on a jump shot by Cherry. Cornell's biggest lead came at the half, 33-30, on a lay-up by Dominick Scelfo.
Brown returns to action again Saturday evening, hosting Columbia at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Game time is 6:00 pm.