Feb. 23, 2007
Providence, Rhode Island - Junior Damon Huffman's game high 22 points led four Brown players in double figures as the Bears earned their third straight victory, a 64-59 Ivy League decision over Columbia at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
The win gives Brown sole possession of fourth place in the Ivy standings with a 5-6 league mark, 10-16 overall, while Columbia suffered its third straight loss to fall to 13-12 overall, 4-7 in Ivy play.
The Bears dominated play in the first half, grabbing a 28-17 lead at intermission. Junior Mark McAndrew scored seven first half points and pulled down nine rebounds, while Huffman and junior Mark MacDonald netted nine points each in the half.
Brown had several chances to score the knock-out punch in the second half, leading by as many as 14 points early, but the Lions heated up from behind the three point arc and made a comeback down the stretch.
With the Bears leading by 11 points, 51-40, on two free throws by Huffman, the Lions pulled to within three points with a three-point barrage, 55-52, with 2:45 remaining on a trey by Mac Montgomery. Brown hit 7 of 9 free throws down the stretch to salt the game away. Columbia connected on 9 of 13 second half treys (69 percent) to make the game close.
Huffman's 22 points came on 7 of 13 shooting from the field, including 6 of 12 shooting from behind the three-point arc. MacDonald finished the game with 13 points, while McAndrew registered his second straight double-double, scoring 12 points and pulling down a game high 10 rebounds. Sophomore Chris Skrelja was Brown's fourth double figure scorer with 10 points and 7 rebounds.
Junior John Baumann led the Lions with 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Brett Loscalzo and Montgomery added 11 points each.
The Bears will play their final home game of the season on Saturday against Cornell, and will honor four seniors in pre-game ceremonies. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at the Pizzitola Sports Center.