January 27, 2007

Crimson Outlast Bears, 92-88, In Foul Plagued Game

Jan. 27, 2007

Box Score

Boston, Mass. - Harvard scored its last 14 points at the free throw line and five Brown players fouled out, as the Crimson outlasted the Bears, 92-88, in an Ivy League game Saturday night. The loss drops Brown to 6-13 overall and 1-3 in the Ivy League, while Harvard evened its record at 9-9 and 2-2 in Ivy play.

There were 48 personal fouls whistled in the game, 28 on the Bears, as Harvard converted 25 of 30 free throw attempts, and the Bears connected on 22 of 26 free throws.

Brown junior guard Damon Huffman tried to rally the Bears from a nine point halftime deficit, scoring 20 of his game high 26 points in the second half, while connecting on 13 of 14 free throws, before fouling out.

Trailing 40-31 at the half, Brown fell behind by as many as 12 points in the second half, 50-38, on a layup by Evan Harris with 10:01 left to play. The Bears clawed back into the game and pulled to within three points of the Crimson, 87-84, on a three point basket by freshman Colin Aldridge with 39 seconds remaining.

The game got even closer in the waning moments when freshman Matt Mullery scored on a layup with 6.9 seconds to bring the Bears to within 90-88 of the Crimson. But Harvard's Brad Unger converted two free throws with four seconds remaining to ice the Crimson victory.

Harvard took control of the first half early, outscoring the Bears, 22-8, in the game's first 10 minutes. Crimson senior Brian Cusworth, a 7-0 center, playing his last game of the season, contributed 11 of Harvard's opening 22 points.

After falling behind by as many as 14 points, 35-31, with 5:00 left in the half, the Bears pulled to within seven points of the Crimson, 38-31, when freshman Colin Aldridge buried a trey with 18 seconds remaining.

For the Bears, sophomore Scott Friske scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half and blocked three shots before fouling out. Junior Mark McAndrew added 16 points, including 11 second half points. He also connected on all six of his free throw attempts, extending his streak of consecutive free throws to 20 over three games.

Sophomore Chris Skrelja added 10 points, as did Aldridge, who added a game high six rebounds for the Bears.

The Crimson was led by senior Jim Goffredo, who scored 20 points, while Cusworth finished with 19 points and a team high six rebounds, and Harris tossed in 18 points, converting 8 of 8 free throws.

The Bears return home next Friday, February 2, to host Penn and former head coach Glen Miller, followed by Princeton on Saturday night. Both games start at 7:00 pm at the Pizzitola Sports Center.