Bears Earn 70-64 Victory Over Yale

Feb. 22, 2005

Box Score

New Haven, Conn. - Junior Luke Ruscoe scored a team high 15 points, including nine points in the last 4:42, to lift Brown to a 70-64 Ivy League win over Yale. The win was Brown's fifth straight over Yale. The Bears are now 10-13 overall and 3-6 in the Ivy League, while Yale falls to 9-13 overall and 5-4 in Ivy play.

Trailing 57-56, Ruscoe sparked a 10-2 Brown run with a three-point play with 4:42 remaining to give the Bears the lead for good, 58-57. After Ruscoe gave Brown the lead, senior Jason Forte hit a three-point basket, and Ruscoe added four more points to give the Bears a 65-57 lead with 46 seconds remaining.

Yale clawed back to pull to within one point of the Bears, 65-64, on a layup by Dominick Martin and a three-point basket by Eric Flato with 24 seconds left to play. The Bears iced the game by converting 5 of 6 free throws in the last 23 seconds, one by Forte, two by Ruscoe and two by freshman Keenan Jeppesen.

"We're a really young team, and the two guys with the most experience on our team - Luke Ruscoe and Jason Forte - really stepped up to lead our team tonight," said Brown coach Glen Miller.

The Brown team arrived at the game 30 minutes before the scheduled tip-off, and was afforded an extra 15 minutes to prepare for the start of the game. The Bears showed no ill effects from the late arrival, jumping out to a 10-0 lead to open the game, with Jeppesen scoring five points in the spurt.

Brown stayed in front of the Elis throughout the first half, leading by as many as 15 points, 29-14, on a three-point play by sophomore Nathan Eads with 5:20 left in the half, before settling on a 36-27 halftime advantage. Freshman Damon Huffman tossed in eight first half points to lead the Bears.

The Elis got back into the game behind the play of senior Edwin Draughan, who scored 12 of 15 points in the second half. Trailing 53-45 with 8:55 to play, Vaughan helped the Elis to a 12-2 spurt, giving Yale its first lead of the game, 56-55, on a jump shot with 4:41 remaining in the game.

Ruscoe's 15 points led four Brown players in double figures. Forte finished with 13 points and six assists, Jeppesen scored 11 points and grabbed a game high 9 rebounds, and Huffman tossed in 10 points.

Yale was led by Martin, who scored a game high 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.

The Bears will be back in action on Friday and Saturday on the road against Dartmouth and Harvard.