February 5, 2005

Jason Forte's Basket With 3.2 Seconds Remaining Lifts Bears Over Columbia

Feb. 5, 2005

Box Score

New York, New York - Senior guard Jason Forte scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half, including a 19 foot jump shot with 3.2 seconds remaining to lift Brown to a 54-52 come-from-behind victory over Columbia. The win lifts the Bears to 9-9 overall and 2-2 in the Ivy League, while Columbia is 12-7 overall and 3-3 in Ivy play.

With the shot clock off, Forte held the ball, just inside halfcourt, waiting for the clock to tick down. With nine seconds remaining, Forte moved toward the basket, crossed-over a defender, and coolly sank the game winning 19-foot jump shot to give Brown the victory.

Brown got off to a sluggish start, falling behind at the half, 27-16, its lowest first half point total of the season. The Bears were held to 19 percent shooting from the field (5 of 26) in the half.

The Bears came out in the second half with fire and determination, outscoring the Lions 21-10 to open the second half to tie the game, 37-37, on a three point play by sophomore Marcus Becker with 11:27 remaining.

Junior Luke Ruscoe gave the Bears their biggest lead of the game, 45-41, when he stole a ball at half court and scored on a dunk with 4:17 left to play. The Lions clawed back and grabbed their last lead of the game on a layup by senior Jeremiah Bosworth with 2:52 remaining. After Ruscoe gave Brown a 52-49 lead on a three-point basket, freshman Matt Loscalze tied the game, 52-52, on a three-point basket with 34 seconds left.

Forte's 15 points led three Brown plyers in double figures. Freshman Damon Huffman scored nine of his 11 points in the second half, all on treys, while sophomore PJ Flaherty netted 10 points. Ruscoe finished with seven points, all in the second half, and pulled down five rebounds.

The Lions were led by junior Dragutin Kravic, who scored 18 points. Senior Matt Preston added eight points and 10 rebounds.

The Bears will return home next week after a 52-day hiatus from the Pizzitola Sports Center to battle Harvard and Dartmouth, next Friday and Saturday night.