Bears Second Half Rally Falls Short In 56-52 Loss To Dartmouth
Jan. 26, 2007
Hanover, New Hampshire - Alex Barnett scored 16 points and Jonathan Ball added 13 points to lead host Dartmouth to a 56-52 Ivy League win over Brown Friday night at Leede Arena. The win lifts the Big Green to 7-9 overall after a 0-6 start, 2-1 in the Ivy League, while Brown drops to 6-12 overall, 1-2 in Ivy play.
Following a blocked shot by the Bears' Mark MacDonald with 25 seconds remaining, Brown had a chance to tie the game, trailing, 54-52. Dartmouth's defense stiffened and the Bears lost the ball out of bounds without getting off a shot. DeVon Mosley iced the game for the Big Green by connecting on two free throws with nine seconds remaining.
After Brown grabbed a 25-23 lead with 2:10 remaining in the first half on a three-point basket by junior Mark McAndrew. The Big Green scored the last six points of the half, including four points by Kurt Graeber, to pull ahead by a 29-25 lead at intermission.
Dartmouth came out strong at the outset of the second half and led by as many as nine points, 46-37, on a three point play by Alex Barnett with 9:48 left to play.
The Bears came storming back, outscoring the Big Green, 8-0, over the next five minutes to pull to within one point, 46-45, on two McAndrew free throws.
Dartmouth built the lead back up to five points, 54-49, on a jump shot by Leon Pattman with 1:02 left, but McAndrew's three-point basket drew the Bears to within a bucket of the Big Green, 54-52, with 55 seconds left.
McAndrew led the Bears in scoring once again, scoring a game high 25 points, including 12 of 12 shooting from the free throw line. Sophomore Scott Friske scored eight points, while junior Damon Huffman added eight points and a team high six rebounds.
Barnett added seven rebounds with his 16 points, while Ball connected on 6 of 9 field goals in scoring 13 points, and grabbed eight rebounds.
The Bears will travel down to Cambridge, Mass. on Saturday to face the Harvard Crimson. Game time is 7:00 p.m.