Men's Hoops Holds Off Cornell, 81-78

Men's Hoops Holds Off Cornell, 81-78

Feb 16, 2002

Box Score

Senior Earl Hunt, the Ivy League's leading scorer, tossed in a game high 29 points as Brown withstood a late Cornell challenge to beat the Big Red, 81-78, in Ivy League action. The win extends Brown's record to 15-8 overall, 6-4 in the Ivy League, while Cornell falls to 4-19, 1-9 in Ivy play.

Coach Glen Miller's team become the sixth team in Brown history to reach the 15-win plateau, equaling last year's victory output when the Bears finished with a 15-12 record.

Cornell, who clawed back from a 10 point second half deficit with a 3-point barrage, had a chance to tie the game at the end. The Big Red in-bounded the ball under its own basket with 3.6 seconds, but senior Wallace Prather's 3-point attempt from the top of the key went wide at the buzzer.

Brown built a 51-39 halftime advantage after leading by as many as 17 points in the half, 43-26, with 3:48 remaining on a layup by senior Omari Ware. Hunt scored 16 points in the half, hitting 6 of 9 shots from the field. Nine different Brown players scored in the half as the Bears shot a torrid 58 percent from the field, connecting on 19 of 33 field goals.

Cornell came storming back in the second half and tied the score, 61-61, on a free throw by freshman Eric Taylor with 10:56 remaining. Brown responded with a 10-0 run that included two 3-point baskets by Hunt, the second to give the Bears a 71-61 advantage with 7:45 remaining. Junior Brandon Howard scored four points in the spurt, including a layup that gave Brown the lead for good, 63-61.

Hunt's 29 points came on 10 of 16 shooting from the field and 7 of 9 shooting from the free throw line. Hunt also added six rebounds and four steals. Junior Alai Nuualiitia also scored in double figures for the Bears with 12 points. Prather led the Big Red in scoring with 19 points, while freshman Cody Toppert added 18 points.