Blackmon and Massey Lead Brown Over Bryant, 76-68

Blackmon and Massey Lead Brown Over Bryant, 76-68

Smithfield, R.I. -  Sophomore Justin Massey (Cooper City, FL) and junior Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MA) scored 19 points each as Brown led from start-to-finish in a 76-68 win over Bryant at the Chace Center.  The win pushed the Bears to 3-5 overall, while Bryant falls to 2-7.


With the Bears playing Georgetown in Washington, DC on Monday, the coaching staff will start getting ready immediately. 


"We'll enjoy this win and start preparing for Georgetown tonight," said Brown head coach Mike Martin.  "We're excited to be heading to the Washington, DC area. We have a lot of alumni and friends in that area and it's a homecoming for Tavon (Blackmon)."


Massey's 19 points came on 7-of-13 from the field, including 4-of-8 from beyond the three-point arc. Blackmon did most of his scoring from the free throw line, hitting 8-of-11 free throws and 5-of-10 field goals.


Brown senior forward Cedric Kuakumensah (Worcester, MA) scored 14 points and pulled down six rebounds.  Junior forward Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX) was held to five points, but pulled down a team high 13 rebounds. Justin Massey's twin brother, Jason, had eight points and five rebounds.


"While we were sloppy with the ball, I thought we were able to get off some good shots," said Brown head coach Mike Martin.  "Cedric (Kuakumensah) played just six minutes in the first half due to foul trouble and we were able to hold onto the lead in his absence."


Nisre Zouzoua led the Bulldogs with 18 points, while Hunter Ware netted 15 points.  Dan Garvin posted a double-double for the Bulldogs with 12 points and a game high 16 rebounds.


The Bears came out firing at the outset and grabbed an early 13-4 lead following a Blackmon trey. Brown led by as many as 12 points in the half, 23-11, on a trey by JR Hobbie (Spring Lake, NJ) with 7:46 left, before settling on a 33-25 advantage at intermission.


Bryant came out strong to open the second half, cutting Brown's lead to five points, 38-33, on a trey by Ware.


The Bears answered the Bulldogs' surge with a 21-4 run, to break the game open and build a 22-point advantage, 59-37, on a corner trey by Jason Massey with 11:43 left in the game.


A late Bulldog rally cut the Bears' lead to seven points several times, the last with 20 second remaining on the clock, 75-68, on a lay-up by Marcel Pettway.


Brown travels to our Nation's Capital to face Georgetown on Monday, December 7.  The game can be viewed on Fox Sports 2 with tip-off at the Verizon Center at 7:00 p.m.