February 15, 2008

Brown Beats Penn, 66-61, Ending Quakers' 24-Game Ivy Home Winning Streak

Feb. 15, 2008

Final Stats

Philadelphia, PA - Senior Mark McAndrew scored 20 points and senior Damon Huffman added 19 points to lead Brown to a 66-61 Ivy League win over Penn, snapping the Quakers' 24-game Ivy League home winning streak at the Palestra. The win gives the Bears a 13-8 overall record, 5-2 in the Ivy League, good for second place in the Ivy standings. the loss drops Penn to 8-15, 3-3 in Ivy play.

"It's really hard to win here," said Brown head coach Craig Robinson. "The Palestra is a tough place to play as evidenced by Penn's 24-Ivy game winning streak. We're still trying to figure out how to win games, so this was a big one."

The Quakers had won 24 straight Ivy games at the Palestra, dating back to the 2004 season when they fell to Princeton late in the season.

Playing against their former coach Glen Miller, McAndrew scored 11 of his 20 points in the second half, while Huffman netted 14 of his 19 points in the first half.

McAndrew finished the game with six rebounds to go with his 20 points, and connected on 5 of 9 field goals and 8 of 10 free throws. Huffman, whose 19 points came on 7 of 14 shooting from the field, grabbed five rebounds for the Bears.

Huffman also led a strong defensive effort by the Bears, making a career high seven steals, second best in Brown basketball history.

Brown led from star- to- finish, but clung to a narrow 30-29 at the half. The Bears opened the second half by hitting their first 10 field goals to grab a 53-40 lead on a three-point basket by Huffman with 13:33 remaining in the game.

The closest Penn got down the stretch was four points, 65-61 with 13 seconds left to play.

The first half was one of spurts, with Brown jumping out to a 12-2 lead in the first four minutes as Huffman scored 10 of his 14 first half points. Brown led by as many as 14 points in the half, 27-13, on a layup by junior Chris Skrelja with 8:18 left in the half. But the Quakers outscored the Bears 16-3 for the remainder of the half to pll to within one point of the Bears, 30-29, at intermission.

Skrelja had a typical game, scoring nine points, hitting 4 of 5 field goals, handing out eight assists and grabbing a game high seven rebounds. The Bears connected on 54 percent of their shots from the field, hitting 22 of 41 field goals.

The Quakers were led by senior Brian Grandieri, who scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half. Kevin Egree also scored in double figures for Penn, adding 15 points.

The Bears will head south to Princeton, New Jersey Saturday night for a battle against the Princeton Tigers, looking for its first ever sweep of Penn and Princeton on the road. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Jadwin Gym.