January 14, 2006

Bears Drop Ivy Opener To Yale, 75-61

Jan. 14, 2006

New Haven, Conn. - Senior transfer Dominick Martin scored 13 points to lead four Yale big men in double figure scoring in a 75-61 victory over Brown in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The win for Yale snapped a six game losing streak to the Bears and extended its record to 9-7 overall, 1-0 in the Ivy League. Brown drops to 4-10 overall and 0-1 in Ivy play.

Yale led from start-to-finish, jumping out to a 16-4 lead to open the game, with junior Sam Kaplan scoring all nine of his first half points in the spurt. The Elis led by as many as 14 points in the first half before settling on a 36-23 lead at the half.

The second half was much of the same as the Elis built a 29-point lead, 69-40, with 5:30 to play on two free throws by Casey Hughes. The Bears were held to just four field goals in the first 18 minutes of the half.

Brown senior captain Luke Ruscoe saw his first playing time since December 20, when he was injured against Maryland Eastern Shore. He entered the game early in the first half, but did not score.

The Bears were led by junior forward PJ Flaherty, who scored all of his team high 12 points in the second half. Bears' freshman Scott Friske scored 11 points and pulled down a game high 8 rebounds, while sophomore Keenan Jeppesen also scored 11 points, pulling down seven rebounds. Sophomore Damon Huffman was Brown's fourth double figure scorer with 10 points.

Martin's 13 points came on 6 of 10 shooting from the field. Freshman Ross Morin and Kaplan each scored 11 points, while sophomore Matt Kyle added 10 points.

The two teams will battle each other again next Saturday in Providence when Brown hosts Yale at 2:00 p.m. at the Pizzitola Sports Center.