Feb. 14, 2003
Princeton, New Jersey - The Brown men's basketball ream remained undefeated in the Ivy League and won at Princeton for the first time ever, defeating the Princeton Tigers, 80-73.
The victory, Brown's ninth in a row, was the first in 53 tries in Princeton. It also kept the Bears on top of the Ivy League standings with a 7-0 record, 12-9 overall.
"This win feels great," said Brown coach Glen Miller. "We didn't place any extra emphasis on this game. We played like a team that expected to win. We needed to be mentally tough for 40 minutes to win this game."
In a fast-paced first half, Brown grabbed the lead just before intermission when Earl Hunt connected on a three-point jumper with two seconds remaining on a pass from Jason Forte. Hunt and Bears' junior Mike Martin each scored nine first half points for the Bears, while Princeton junior Spencer Gloger tossed in 12 first half points for the Tigers. Both teams shot well from the field, with Brown converting 57 percent of its field goals (12 of 21) and Princeton shooting 54 percent (14 of 26).
Sophomore Jason Forte's jump shot with 12:40 left to play broke a 50-50 tie and gave Brown the lead for good, 52-50. The Bears went on to complete a 19-6 run when senior Alai Nuualiitia scored on a layup to give the Bears a 69-56 lead with 4:05 remaining.
Princeton's Ed Persia didn't make it easy for the Bears, scoring 15 points down the stretch, twice pulling the Tigers to within three points of the Bears. His three point jumper with 22 seconds left cut the Bears' advantage to 74-71. Hunt connected on two free throws to push the Brown lead to 76-71, but Persia answered once again to pull the Tigers to within 76-73 with 16 seconds remaining. Hunt and Forte connected on two free throws each in the last 13 seconds to seal the victory.
Forte led all Brown scorers with 18 points, while also handing out nine assists. Nuualiitia scored 16 points on perfect 8 of 8 shooting from the field.
"The media may have hyped this game, but we remained focused and played like a team," said Forte. "We hope to take the momentum of this game into Penn on Saturday."
Hunt, the Ivy League's leading scorer, netted 15 points and Mike Martin added 1o points for the Bears. Junior Jaime Kilburn, who scored 8 points, had his consecutive field goal streak snapped at 20, just five short of the NCAA season record.
Persia captured game scoring honors with 22 points, while Spencer Gloger and Konrad Wysocki added 12 points each.
The Bears will be back in action tonight for a first place showdown with Penn, who is a half game behind the Bears in the Ivy League with a 6-0 league mark. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at the Palestra in Philadelphia.