Jan. 4, 2003
San Francisco, CA - Junior guard John Cox scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, and senior guard Shamell Stallworth added 18 points, to lead the University of San Francisco to an 81-52 non-league win over Brown.
The loss drops the Bears to 3-9 overall, while San Francisco is now 5-8 overall, 5-2 at home.
Brown held a 31-30 lead at the half on the strong play of senior Earl Hunt, who scored all of his 12 points in the half. Sophomore GJ King gave Brown the lead, 29-28, with 1:31 left in the half when he connected on two free throws. Hunt's layup with 1:01 remaining gave the Bears a 31-28 advantage, before Cox cut the Brown lead to one point, 31-30, with a 15-foot jump shot with 35 seconds remaining.
San Francisco turned up the heat in the second half with full court pressure, forcing eight Brown turnovers in the first eight minutes, outscoring the Bears 19-6 over that span to grab a 49-37 lead. The Dons' pressure defense held the Bears to just one basket in the first 11:30 of the half.
The Dons converted 9 of 16 three-point attempts in the second half, outscoring the Bears by a 51-21 margin.
Senior Alai Nuualiitia led the Bears with 15 points, hitting 8 of 10 free throws in the second, while scoring 10 of Brown's 21 second half points. Patrick Powers and Jaime Kilburn scored 7 points each for the Bears.
James Bayless also scored in double figures for the Dons, while Alvin Broussard grabbed 13 rebounds and scored 8 points.
The game completed a 12-day West Coast trip for the Bears, who return to Providence today, and will host Rider College on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Pizzitola Sports Center.