Feb. 22, 2008
New York, NY - Senior Mark McAndrew scored 18 points, including his 1,000th career point, and freshman Peter Sullivan and senior Damon Huffman added 16 points each, to lead Brown to 67-52 Ivy League win over Columbia. The win lifts the Bears to 15-8 overall and 7-2 in the Ivy League, while Columbia drops to 12-12 overall and 5-4 in Ivy play.
The second place Bears will battle the first place Cornell (9-0) Saturday night in Ithaca, NY, trying to pull within one game of the Big Red.
Trailing 33-29 at the half, Brown took control of the game in the first seven minutes of the second half by outscoring the Lions, 13-0, to grab a 42-33 lead with 13:03 left in the game, on a free throw by freshman Adrian Williams. The Bears continued the onslaught and built an 18-point lead, 58-40, with 5:26 remaining on a dunk by junior Chris Skrelja. Brown's extended zone in the second half held the Lions to just 19 points.
Columbia had the better of play in the first half, leading by as many as nine points, 33-24, on a free throw by John Baumann with 1:54 left in the half. The Bears scored the last five points of the first half, including a three-point basket by Williams with one second left in the half, pulling the Bears to within 33-29 of the Lions at intermission.
McAndrew became the 21st player in Brown basketball history to score 1,000 or more career points, connecting on a three point basket with 4:15 left in the first half to hit the 1,000 point milestone. He finished the game with 18 points, moving past Woody Grimshaw (1,009 points from 1944-1947) into 20th place on Brown's all-time scoring list, now with 1.010 career points. McAndrew also came up big defensively with a career high seven steal, while pulling down five rebounds.
Sullivan connected on 3 of 6 field goals and was a perfect 8 of 8 from the free throw line. With 16 points, Huffman moved into 13th place on the Bears' all-time scoring list with 1,179 career points, moving past Mike Waitkus, who scored 1,165 points for the Bears from 1982-1986. Junior Chris Skrelja added nine points and eight rebounds for the Bears.
Columbia was led by Niko Scott, who scored 24 points and pulled down six rebounds, while John Baumann added nine points and eight rebounds for the Lions.