Brown Falls To Cornell, 73-68, On Late Big Red Surge

Tamenang Choh '21
Tamenang Choh '21

 

Ithaca, N.Y. – Matt Morgan scored 17 points and Cornell out-scored Brown by an 8-2 margin in the final 2:04, to come away with a 73-68 Ivy League win over the Bears Saturday evening at Newman Arena. The loss drops Brown to 11-14 overall, 4-8 in the Ivy League, while Cornell improves to 11-14 overall, 5-7 in Ivy play.

 

Brown freshman Tamenang Choh (Lowell, MA) posted his first career double-double with a career high 17 points and 12 rebounds, while adding a career high four assists. Bears' junior Obi Okolie (Ajax, Ontario) added 15 points and eight rebounds.

 

Freshman Desmond Cambridge (Nashville, TN), the Bears' leading scorer, tossed in all of his 11 points in the second half for the Bears after picking up three fouls in the first six minutes of the game. Brown sophomore Brandon Anderson (Mahwah, NJ) finished with nine points.

 

Morgan added a team high eight rebounds go with his 17 points, while Stone Gettings added 12 points and five assists. Terrance McBride chipped in with 10 points and four assists for the Big Red.

 

Cambridge was on the bench for most of the first half, but Brown took its first lead of the half, 26-24, on a three-point play by Zach Hunsaker (Orem, UT) with 3:05 left.  Two free throws by Anderson with 1:04 remaining gave the Bears a 35-31 lead at the half.

 

With the score tied, 50-50, Cornell reeled-off 10 straight points on treys by Jordan Abdur-Ra'oof and Morgan, plus consecutive dunks by Abdur-Ra'oof and Joel Davis to grab a 60-50 lead with 8:13 remaining.

 

Brown got back in the game with seven straight points to trail, 60-57, with 5:34 remaining on an Anderson layup.

 

The frenetic pace continued and Brown took a 64-63 lead on a three-point play by junior Chris Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) at the 3:23 mark.

 

With Brown leading 66-65 following a Cambridge layup with 2:22 left to play, Gettings ignited an 8-2 Big Red run to finish the game, giving Cornell the lead for good, 67-66, with 2:02 left on the clock. Cornell connected on 4-of-4 free throws in the final 16 seconds.

 

Brown closes out its regular season at home next week, hosting Princeton on Friday, March 2 at 7:00 pm, and Penn on Saturday, March 3 at 6:00 pm.