Jan. 13, 2007
Providence, RI - The 14-game Ivy League Playoff began for Brown and Yale Saturday evening, with the Bulldogs coming out on top of a 56-42 win over the Bears at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Brown junior guard Mark McAndrew led all scorers with 18 points, while Yale's Casey Hughes earned a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Yale (5-9, 1-0 Ivy) controlled the play for most of the first half, leading by as many as 15 points, 30-15, with 1:38 remaining in the half before settling on a 30-21 lead at intermission.
The Bears (5-11, 0-1 Ivy) scored the first six points of the second half on a lay-up by sophomore Scott Friske, two free throws by McAndrew and a layup by freshman Matt Mullery to cut the Yale lead to 30-27 with 17:33 left in the game.
The Elis broke the game by outscoring the Bears 10-0 over the next three minutes to grab a 40-27 advantage on a jump shot by Hughes with 13:37 remaining.
Yale out-rebounded the Bears by a 34-19 margin in the physical contest. The Elis defense held the Bears, one of the top three-point shooting teams in the league, to just 26 percent shooting (5-19) from behind the three-point arc.
McAndrew's game high 18 points came on 5 of 8 shooting from the field, including 3 of 5 shooting from three-point range. Junior Damon Huffman, who came into the game with a 14.1 points per game scoring average, was held to eight points.
In addition to Hughes' 10 points, senior Sam Kaplan netted 10 points for the Elis, hitting 5 of 5 field goals, while grabbing five rebounds.
Brown-Yale Round 2 will be held next Saturday, January 20, as the Bears and Bulldogs battle once again, this time in New Haven. Game time is 3:00 p.m.