Kuakumensah, Blackmon Lead Brown Past Penn, 89-83

Kuakumensah, Blackmon Lead Brown Past Penn, 89-83

Providence, R.I. - Brown senior forward Cedric Kuakumensah (Worcester, MA) exploded for 26 points, and junior guard Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD) added 23 points to lift Brown to an 89-83 Ivy League win over Penn at the Pizzitola Sports Center.


Brown improves to 6-12 overall, 1-3 in the Ivy League, while Penn falls to 6-11, 0-3 in Ivy play.


Kuakumensah was recognized prior to the game for setting the Ivy League's all-time record for blocked shots.  He broke the mark held by Dartmouth's Brian Gilpin, who was on hand for the pre-game recognition, along with Brown President Christina Paxson, Ivy League Deputy Executive Director Carolyn Campbell-McGovern and Brown Athletic Director Jack Hayes.


"I'm proud of our guys and happy with the win," said Brown head coach Mike Martin.  "It's never easy in this league and this win gives us confidence heading into next weekend's game against Cornell and Columbia."


Brown led by as many as 10 points in the second half, 72-62, on a layup by junior Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX) with 11 minutes remaining.


After the Quakers battled back to grab an 81-80 lead on a Rothschild jumper, Bears' freshman guard Corey Daugherty (Barrington, RI) gave Brown the lead for good, 82-81, on a driving layup with 2:49 left on the clock.


Kuakumensah's game high 26 points came on 10-of-16 shooting from the field, including a career high 5-of-6 from beyond the three-point arc. He also grabbed eight rebounds and blocked five shots.


Blackmon posted a double-double for the Bears with his 23 points, including a career high four treys (4-4), while handing out a career high 10 assists.  Spieth posted his second straight big game, with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. Daugherty finished with nine points for the Bears.


Matt Howard paced the Quakers with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Max Rothschild scored 18 points with six rebounds.  Jackson Donahue chipped in with 17 points for the Quakers.


Kuakumensah, who was held scoreless the night before against Princeton, came out with a vengeance, scoring 11 of Brown's first 16 points, hitting all three treys, to help the Bears build a 16-8 advantage in the opening six minutes.


The Quakers took their first lead of the half, 45-44, on basket by Matt Howard with 42-seconds remaining, but Daugherty gave Brown a 46-45 lead at the half on two late free throws.


Brown returns to the hardwood again next weekend, hosting Cornell on Friday, February 5 at 7pm and Columbia on Saturday, February 6 at 6pm at the Pizzitola Sports Center.