Jan. 23, 2009
New Haven, Conn. - When Brown and Yale get together the game usually goes down to the final buzzer. This year's game held true to form as Yale came away with a hard-fought 57-55 win over Brown Friday evening to sweep the season series over the Bears, despite 22 points and a school record six blocked shots by Bears' junior center Matt Mullery.
Mullery just missed a double-double for the Bears with nine rebounds, while his 22 points came on 9 of 15 shooting from the field. His six blocked shots tied the Brown school record held by Chris While against Holy Cross on 12/10/96.
The Bears trailed by six points, 57-51, when Mullery connected on two free throws with 26 seconds remaining to pull the Bears to within four points of the Elis. Brown senior Scott Friske stole the inbounds pass and scored on a lay-up to pull the Bears to within two points, 57-55, with 24 seconds left to play.
Yale's Porter Braswell missed two free throws with 18 seconds left in the game, setting up a last second opportunity for the Bears. Following a Brown timeout with nine ticks on the clock, the Bears were unable to get off a last second shot and Yale came away with the win.
After the Yale jumped out to a 9-2 lead to open the game, the two teams settled down the rest of the way. The Elis held their biggest lead, 15-7, with 11:24 left in half, but Brown battled back behind Mullery's 10 first half points to trail, 28-27 at halftime.
In a sea-saw second half, Brown tied the game for the seventh time, 47-47, on a lay-up by Mullery with 6:50 remaining in the game. Yale took the lead for good, 49-47, on a short jump shot by Michael Sands with 6:20 left to play.
Sophomore Adrian Williams chipped in with 16 points for the Bears, connecting on 4 of 5 field goals, while hitting 3 of 4 shots from behind the three-point arc. Williams, the Ivy League's leader in free throw percentage, also connected on 5 of 5 free throws.
Friske had a solid game for the Bears, scoring six points, grabbing six rebounds and handing out seven assists.
Senior Ross Morin led the Elis with 20 points and 10 rebounds. while Alex Zampier added 12 points.
Brown will play the second of five straight road games, traveling to Ithaca, New York next week to face defending Ivy League Champion Cornell on Friday, January 30. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at Newman Arena.