January 16, 2004

Brown Wins Ivy Opener Over Yale, 85-75 in Overtime

Jan. 16, 2004

New Haven, Conn. - Senior Pat Powers scored 12 of his 21 points in overtime and Jason Forte netted 8 of his 26 points in overtime to lead Brown to an 85-75 Ivy League win over Yale in the Ivy opener for both teams.

Yale (5-9, 0-1 Ivy) scored the first basket in overtime to grab a 65-63 lead on its first possession on a layup by Paul Vitelli. Powers took over the game at that point, connecting on two straight three-point baskets to ignite a 10-0 Brown run that gave the Bears a 73-65 lead over the Elis on a layup by Forte with 2:10 left in overtime.

"There is more parity in the Ivy League this year than in the last three years," said Brown coach Glen Miller. "Our execution really came together down the stretch."

Brown (5-9, 1-0 Ivy) battled back from a five point second half deficit, taking its first lead late in the game, 62-61, on a three point basket by Powers with 1:09 remaining. The Bears fell behind, 63-61, when Edwin Draughan connected on two free throws with 49 seconds remaining. The Bears' Jaime Kilburn hit one of two free throws with 39.5 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. Draughan's three point attempt at the buzzer rimmed out, sending the game into overtime.

Yale grabbed its biggest lead of the first half, 30-25, on a basket by freshman Casey Hughes with 2:00 remaining in the first half. The Bears clawed back and trailed by one point at the half, 31-30, following a three-point basket by sophomore Luke Ruscoe and two free throws by Forte.

Forte was nearly unstoppable in the second half and overtime, scoring 14 points in the second half and eight points in overtime in scoring his 26 points. Forte also connected on 13 of 15 free throws, including 6 of 6 in overtime.

Kilburn provided an inside presence for the Bears, scoring a career high 22 points, converting 9 of 15 shots from the field. In addition to Powers' 21 points, Ruscoe scored 11 points and pulled down a career high 14 rebounds.

The Bulldogs had four double figure scorers and were led by Paul Vitelli, who scored 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Matt Minoff scored 15 points, while Draughan added 12 points.

The Bears and Bulldogs will have a rematch next Friday at the Pizzitola Sports Center.