Men's Basketball Earns Sixth Straight Win, Beats Columbia, 72-59

Feb. 1, 2003

New York, New York - Senior Alai Nuualiitia scored 20 points and senior Earl Hunt added 17 points to lead Brown to its six straight win, a 72-59 Ivy League win over Columbia.

The Bears, who hold sole possession of first place in the Ivy standings, are off to their best Ivy League start ever with a perfect 4-0 Ivy League record. Brown, winners of eight of its last 10 games, are now 9-9 overall.

The Bears got off to a sluggish start after a four and a half bus ride from Ithaca, N.Y. Friday night, following their win over Cornell. Trailing 16-14 with 5:59 remaining in the first half, Brown outscored the Lions 16-2 for the remainder of the half to grab a 30-18 halftime lead. Sophomore Jason Forte, who scored nine points in the half, gave Brown the lead for good when he converted two free throws with 4:23 left in the half.

Brown broke the game open by outscoring the Lions 15-2 to open the second half, extending its lead to 45-21 on a layup by Hunt with 15:32 remaining. Hunt scored 13 of Brown's 15 points in the spurt.

The Bears led by as many as 17 points in the second half when Nuualiitia scored on a layup to give the Bears a 60-33 advantage with 8:05 remaining.

Hunt, Brown's all-time leading scorer, moved into sixth place in all-time Ivy League scoring with 1,835 points, moving past Penn's Ernie Beck, who scored 1,827 points for the Quakers from 1950-1953.

Forte finished the game with 15 points and a game high five assists and five steals for the Bears.

After playing three of its first four ivy League games on the road, Brown returns home to the Pizzitola Sports Center next Friday to battle Harvard. Game time is 7:00 p.m.