Brown Outscores Cornell, 69-66, For Fourth Straight Winning Season
March 6, 2004
Ithaca, NY -
Senior Patrick Powers scored 14 of his team high 19 points in the second half to lead Brown to a 69-66 Ivy League victory over Cornell in its final regular season game, giving the Bears to a school record fourth straight winning season for the first time ever. The victory gives the Bears a 14-13 overall record, 10-4 in the Ivy League, while Cornell finishes its season at 11-16, 6-8 in the Ivy League after opening the season with five straight Ivy wins.
Powers connected on two free throws with 7:58 remaining gave Brown the lead for good, 54-52. The Bears led by as many as five points down the stretch, grabbing a 65-60 lead on a Powers lay-up with 2:50 remaining.
After Cornell's Ka'Ron Barnes pulled the Big Red to within one point, 67-66, with 12.3 seconds left in the game, Brown senior Mike Martin iced the game with two free throws with 10.8 seconds remaining.
Cornell had two chances to tie the game in the last seconds. Cody Toppert's three-point attempt with 4 seconds remaining missed its mark, and Dave Lisle's three-point attempt at the buzzer hit the side of the rim
The first half featured two big streaks. Brown opened the game by outscoring the Big Red 20-7, taking its biggest lead on a three-point play by senior forward Jaime Kilburn at the 13:35 mark. Cornell got right back into the game with a 9-0 spurt of its own, pulling to within 20-16 of the Bears on a layup by David Lisle with 10:00 left to play.
The Bears built a 33-24 lead at the half when freshman Marcus Becker connected on a three-point basket from the right side with 29 seconds left in the half.
Powers connected on three treys for the game, finishing his career with77 treys, a new Brown record. Senior Jaime Kilburn finished with 15 -points on 7 of 10 shooting from the field. Martin had 14 points and six assists, while junior Jason Forte scored 14 points and pulled down a team high 7 rebounds.
Cornell was led by senior Ka'Ron Barnes, who scored 20 points. Junior Gabe Stephenson scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half.
Brown's senior class of Powers, Martin and Kilburn completed their careers with a school record 64 victories over the last four years.
Junior guard Jason Forte, a candidate for Ivy Player of the Year honors, became the first Ivy League player to lead the league in both scoring and assists. He finished the season with 21.8 points and 5.8 assists per game in Ivy play.