Brown's 65-63 Overtime Win Over Princeton Gives Bears Historic Victory
Feb. 16, 2008
Princeton, New Jersey - Freshman Adrian Williams connected on two free throws with 39.6 seconds left in overtime to lead Brown to its fifth straight win, a 65-63 Ivy League win over Princeton to cap an historic weekend for the Bears. The win gives Brown a sweep of perennial Ivy League powers Princeton and Penn on the road for the first time ever. The Quakers and Tigers have been swept at home just four prior times now since the Ivy League began play 52 years ago.
In posting its fourth straight win over Princeton, Brown extended it record to 14-8 overall and 6-2 in the Ivy League, two games behind first place Cornell. The loss drops Princeton to 5-17 overall, 2-5 in the Ivy League.
"This was a gutsy win for our team," said Brown head coach Craig Robinson. "We had to fight for this victory. Good teams have to win on the road when they don't play well, and we found a way to win." The victory over the Tigers also capped a homecoming for Robinson, a 1983 Princeton graduate and two-time Ivy League Player of the Year for the Tigers.
With the score tied, 63-63, Williams was fouled on a drive for the basket. Following a timeout, Williams coolly stepped to the free throw line and buried two free throws, his only points of the game, to give Brown the victory.
Bears senior Damon Huffman sent the game into overtime by connecting on two free throws with 4.7 seconds remaining, knotting the game, 59-59. Huffman had given the Bears a 57-56 lead with 21 seconds left, but Princeton's Noah Savage connected on a trey with 10.1 seconds left, giving the Tigers a 59-57 lead.
Trailing by 10 points, 49-39, with 8:37 left in the game, Brown rallied to outscore the Tigers, 20-10, down the stretch to force overtime.
After a physical game against Penn Friday night, Brown played a lethargic first half, trailing the Tigers, 25-21 at the half. The Bears stayed in the game behind senior Mark McAndrew's 11 first half points, while Savage netted 10 first half points for the Tigers.
The Tigers had the better of play as play continued in the second half, building a 10 point lead, 49-39, following a three-point basket by Savage with 8:37 left in the game.
The Bears were led by McAndrew, who registered a double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing a game high 10 rebounds. Freshman Peter Sullivan scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half to help the Brown comeback. Sophomore Matt Mullery also had a big second half, scoring all of his 12 points after intermission, hitting 8 of 10 free throws. Huffman finished with 10 points for the Bears.
Savage was a one man show for the Tigers, scoring a career high 35 points to lead all scorers. He connected on 11 of 16 field goals, including 7 of 11 from behind the three-point arc. Zach Finley also scored in double figures for the Tigers, adding 12 points.
Brown will be on the road once again next weekend, February 22 and 23, battling Columbia in New York City on Friday, and first place Cornell in Ithaca, NY on Saturday.