Brown Earns First Ivy Win, 61-43, Over Princeton, Behind Matt Mullery's 19 points
Feb. 14, 2009
Providence, Rhode Island - Junior center Matt Mullery scored 19 points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked four shots to lead Brown to its first Ivy League win of the season, 61-43, over Princeton at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The win was Brown's fifth straight over the Tigers and gives the Bears a 7-15 record, 1-7 in the Ivy League.
Princeton came into the weekend in first place in the Ivy standings at 4-0, and comes out of the weekend with a 4-2 Ivy mark, 9-10 overall.
Mullery played with his usual domination inside the paint, but also found success from three-point range. He connected on 8 of 10 field goals, including two of three from behind the three-point arc. With his four blocked shots, Mullery moves into second place in career blocked shots at Brown, now with 94 blocks.
With the score tied, 21-21, at intermission, Brown took control of the game at the outset of the second half, outscoring the Tigers, 17-3, to open the half, to grab a 37-24 lead on a lay-up by Mullery with 11:00 remaining in the game. The highlight of the 17-3 run was a rare four-point play by Bears' sophomore Peter Sullivan, who was fouled on a good three-point basket and converted the free throw.
Both teams played at a slow pace in the first half with the Bears leading by as many as six points, and the Tigers holding a five point lead. When the dust settled, the two teams were tied, 21-21, at the half, with Brown's Mullery scoring 12 of the Bears' 21 points.
Sophomores Adrian Williams and Sullivan also scored in double figures for the Bears with Williams netting 11 points and Sullivan tossing-in 13 points and grabbing six rebounds. Bears' senior Chris Skrelja added nine points and nine rebounds, while sophomore Morgan Kelly added seven points.
The Tigers were led by Kareem Maddox, who tossed in 10 points, and Doug Davis, who chipped in with nine points.
Brown takes on Columbia and Cornell at home next weekend, February 20 and 21, at the Pizzitola Sports Center.