Feb. 6, 2004
Providence, RI - Cody Toppert scored 29 points and Ka'Ron Barnes added 28 points as Cornell defeated Brown by a 96-81 score in an Ivy League game Friday evening.
The Big Red jumped out to an early 7-2 lead when Gabe Stephenson made a layup and foul shot with 17:22 to play in the half. Brown pulled within one, as Jason Forte's driving layup at 16:02 made it a 7-6 score. From there, Cornell took complete control of the game, outscoring the Bears 26-5 over the next 9:55 and building a 33-11 lead with 6:08 to play in the half.
Mike Martin stopped the Big Red charge with a fast-break layup, but Ka'Ron Barnes, who scored all nine of Cornell's points in the final 4:19 of the half, kept the Bears from making up much ground and sent his team into halftime up 42-22.
The Bears pulled within 14 points to start the second half, as Patrick Powers, 3-pointer shaved the deficit to 46-32 with 17:11 left. Cornell kept the Bears at arm's length before going on a 10-2 run and extending the lead to 63-41 with 12:42 to play. The Big Red built their lead to 25 points when a Barnes 3-pointer gave Cornell an 87-62 advantage with 4:26 left. Brown would pull no closer than the 15-point deficit that ended the game.
Toppert scored 26 of his 29 points in the second half, including six 3-pointers.
Cornell shot 56.5 percent from the field and a perfect 15-of-15 from the free throw line. The Bears were held to 24.4 percent shooting from the field in the first half.
Barnes tallied 28 points for the Ivy League-leading Big Red, while Eric Taylor registered a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Forte led all scorers with 30 points. Powers recorded 23 points, all in the second half, and 10 rebounds for the Bears (7-11, 3-2).