February 28, 2003

Brown Narrowly Falls To Penn In Men's Basketball, 69-65

Feb. 28, 2003

Box Score

Providence, RI - Despite Earl Hunt's 26 points, Brown fell to Penn, 69-65, in the battle for first place in the Ivy standings before a sellout crowd of 2,800 at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Bears are now 14-11 overall and 9-2 in the Ivy standings.

Brown built up an early 13-8 lead over the first 4:12 of the game, but Penn responded by scoring 11 straight, jumping on top by a 19-13 score. The Bears cut Penn,s lead to 26-25 with 8:05 remaining when Harold Bailey made a pair of 3-pointers. The Quakers opened up a 37-30 margin off a David Klatsky free throw with 4:47 left in the half, though Brown went on an 8-3 run in the final minutes to enter the intermission down 40-38.

The Quakers took a 50-38 lead at the start of the second half, scoring 10 straight points over a 4:27 span, capped off by Klatsky,s 3-pointer. With the Bears in early foul trouble, Penn was able to stay in control of the game, at least for a while.

Down 59-48 after an Archibong 3-pointer with 8:58 left, the Bears rallied, going on a 16-7 run and cutting the Quakers, lead to two points when Bailey hit a free throw with 2:29 remaining. Andrew Toole,s fade-away put Penn up 68-64 with 1:58 to play, though Jason Forte made one of two free throws to pull the Bears within three.

After Klatsky missed a 3-pointer with 0:24 remaining, Forte came up with the defensive rebound, putting the ball in the Bears, hands for the final possession, down 68-65. Patrick Powers and Earl Hunt both saw 3-point attempts roll off the rim, and when Jeff Schiffner came up with the rebound with :03 remaining, Penn had sealed the victory.

The Quakers (18-5, 10-0), who retain possession of first place in the Ivy League, shot 59.5 percent from the field for the game. Koko Archibong scored 17 points to lead teh Quakers.

Hunt led the Bears (14-11, 8-2) with a game-high 26 points.