Bears Rally To Defeat Rider, 65-53

Jan. 8, 2003

Providence, RI - Senior guard Earl Hunt scored 24 points as Brown University rallied from an 11-point deficit to defeat Rider by a 65-53 score on Wednesday night.

Rider controlled the first half defensively, holding the Bears to 6-of-25 shooting from the field. The Broncs built up their largest lead of the game with 1:15 to play when Armel Minyem tipped in an offensive rebound to give his team a 31-20 advantage. Hunt cut the halftime deficit to 31-22 with two free throws in the final minute.

The Bears continued to struggle early in the second half, missing their first four field goal attempts. But a 3-pointer by Jason Forte with 15:26 to play turned the momentum around. From that point onward, the Bears played nearly flawless basketball, shooting 12-of-18 and committing only two turnovers while outscoring Rider 37-15 over the remainder of the game.

Brown scored 12 straight points during a five-minute stretch of the second half, taking the lead for good when Hunt hit a long 3-pointer from atop the arc with 6:32 left to put the Bears up 50-47. Forte scored 8 of his 11 points during the final 2:21 of the game to hold off any Rider rally.

The Bears (4-9) capitalized on 13 second-half fouls by Rider, converting on 13-of-20 free throw attempts, while sending the Broncs to the line only four times.

Paul Johnson led the Broncs (5-6) with 10 points.