Bears Fall Short Against Penn, 79-62
Feb. 18, 2005
Providence, RI - Tim Begley and Ibrahim Jaaber scored 22 points each to lead first place Penn to a 79-62 Ivy League victory over Brown at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The win gives the Quakers a 15-7 overall record and an 8-0 Ivy record, while the Bears fell to 9-12, 2-5 in the Ivy League.
The Bears are mired in a shooting slump from behind the three-point arc. Brown shot just 17 percent from three-point range (4-23), and over its last three games have converted just 12 of 65 treys (18 percent).
Trailing 31-26 at the half, Brown cut the Quakers' lead to three-points, 31-28, on a layup by Luke Ruscoe with 19:39 remaining. The Bears had several opportunities to get closer, but a missed shot and a turnover on their next two possessions stopped the momentum. The Quakers outscored the Bears, 27-6 over the next nine minutes to take control of the game.
For the Quakers, Jabber grabbed 9 rebounds to go with his 22 points, while Begler dished out 8 assists with his 22 points. Mark Zoller scored 14 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Ryan Pettinella also scored in double figures with 10 points. The Quakers out-rebounded the Bears by a 51-25 margin, grabbing 16 offensive rebounds.
The Bears will be back in action Saturday night at the Pizzitola Sports Center, facing Princeton, who lost to Yale Friday night by a 56-43 margin.