Steven Spieth and Brandon Anderson Lead Brown Over Columbia, 88-68

Brandon Anderson '20
Brandon Anderson '20

Providence, R.I. - Senior Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX) scored 20 points and freshman Brandon Anderson (Mahwah, NJ) added 16 points to lead Brown (13-16, 4-9 Ivy) to an 88-68 win over Columbia (11-15, 5-8 Ivy) in an Ivy League game at the Pizzitola Sports Center.


Spieth's 20 points came on 5-of-10 shooting from the field, including 3-of-3 from beyond the three-point arc, and perfect 7-of-7 shooting from the free throw line.


Anderson added a career high seven assists to go with his 16 points, while freshman Joshua Howard (Charlotte, NC) posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.  Bears' sophomore forward Obi Okolie (Ajax, Ontario) added 11 points and five rebounds, while sophomore Corey Daugherty (Barrington, RI) chipped in with nine points.


Bears' senior guard JR Hobbie (Spring Lake, NJ), who scored nine points on three treys, established a new Brown record with 252 career 3-point baskets, breaking the mark of 249 treys by Sean McGonagill from 2010-2014.  Hobbie's 252 career treys are sixth best in Ivy basketball history.


The game may have come down to Brown's rebounding edge against the huge Columbia front line.  Brown held a 24-7 rebounding advantage at the half and finished with a 46-21 rebounding edge overall. Howard's 10 rebounds and Spieth's eight rebounds paced the Bears.


"We played with great energy and I'm thrilled how we played without our injured senior point guard Tavon Blackmon, who has been a great player for us over the last four years," said Brown head coach Mike Martin.  "Brandon Anderson and Corey Daugherty really stepped up in his absence."


Columbia was paced by Luke Petrasek with 18 points and Mike Smith, who added 17 points.


Brown had the better of play at the outset of the game, building a 19-10 advantage at the 12:50 mark on a Spieth trey.


Leading 25-22 with 9:12 left in the half, Brown out-scored Columbia, 26-6, to finish the half, taking a 51-28 lead at intermission following a short jump shot by Anderson with two seconds remaining.


Columbia pulled to within 12 points in the second half, 63-51, on a dunk by Rodney Hunter at the 10:37. But the Bears quickly built the lead back to 24 points, 77-53, at the 6:46 mark when sophomore Travis Fuller (Encinitas, CA) finished the 14-2 run with two free throws.


Brown concludes its season at home tomorrow evening, hosting Cornell at the Pizzitola Sports Center, starting at 6:00 pm.