Men's Basketball Topples Columbia, 83-70
Feb. 21, 2003
PROVIDENCE - Senior center Alai Nuualiitia scored 22 points to lead Brown to an 83-70 win over Columbia at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Brown has now won 10 of its last 11 games and maintains second place in the Ivy standings with an 8-1 Ivy mark, a half game behind Penn (8-0).
Brown jumped out to an early 13-8 lead when Patrick Powers hit a 3-pointer with 15:52 remaining in the first half. The Lions evened the score at 18-18 when Allan McQuarrie nailed a 3-pointer of his own with 12:40 left. Jaime Kilburn scored six straight for the Bears, giving them a 26-20 edge with 8:44 left, but the Lions tied the game again, when a Dragutin Kravic 3-pointer evened the score at 26-26 with 7:29 to play. An 8-0 run gave Brown a 37-30 lead with 4:31 to play in the half and the Bears were able to withstand a Columbia surge to take a 45-41 lead into the locker room.
Columbia threatened early in the second half, as a bank shot by Chris Wiedemann cut Brown's lead to 50-49 with 16:32 to play. The Bears responded with a 25-11 run over the next 12:26 to take a 75-60 advantage into the final minutes of the game. Earl Hunt scored 12 of his 21 points during that stretch while Powers added a pair of 3-pointers.
Jason Forte scored six of his 14 points in the final 2:21 to cap off the win for the Bears (13-10, 8-1), who retained their second-place position in the Ivy League.
Columbia (2-20, 0-9) lost its 13th straight game - its longest losing streak since dropping 17 consecutive games in 1958-59.
Kravic led the Lions with 24 points while Wiedemann added 18.
Prior to the game, a moment of silence was observed for the victims of Thursday night's nightclub fire in West Warwick.