Last Second Shot Falls Short, Bears Fall to Big Red, 61-59
Feb. 9, 2007
Ithaca, New York - Mark McAndrew's last second shot for Brown from behind the three-point arc missed its mark as Cornell held on for a 61-59 Ivy League win over the Bears Friday evening. The win lifts the Big Red to 12-9 overall, 5-2 in the Ivy League, while Brown falls to 7-15, 2-5 in Ivy play.
McAndrew finished the game with a double-double, scoring a game high 17 points and pulling down a game high 13 rebounds.
Junior forward Mark MacDonald pulled down a rebound off a missed Cornell shot with 25 seconds left to play and the Bears trailing by a bucket, 61-59, giving Brown the opportunity for the game's last shot. McAndrew pulled the trigger from behind the three-point arc, but his attempt from the left side with three seconds remaining was long and Cornell pulled out the victory.
A sloppy first half was tied, 25-25, when the two teams exchanged three-point baskets in the final two seconds, freshman Louis Dale for the Big Red, and McAndrew at the buzzer for the Bears. McAndrew's 10 points led all scorers in the first half.
Brown grabbed a two point lead with 15:05 left in the game, 34-32, whenjunor Damon Huffman scored on a lay-up. The Bug Red outscored the Bears 10-0 over the next three minutes to build an eight-point advantage, 42-34, with 12:07 remaining on three free throws by freshman Ryan Wittman.
The Bears pulled to within two points of the Big Red several times in the game's waning minutes, the last time with 1:49 remaining on two free throws by senior Marcus Becker.
Huffman and Becker each scored 11 points for Brown, with Huffman adding five rebounds and four assists. MacDonald added nine points and seven rebounds for the Bears.
Cornell was led by Wittman and Dale who scored 14 points each, while Andrew Naeve registered a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
The Bears will travel down to New York City to face Columbia in an Ivy League on Saturday. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at Levien Gymnasium.