Bears Close Out Season With 69-59 Win Over Dartmouth
March 7, 2009
Providence, Rhode Island - Brown's basketball team saved the best for last, completing the sweep Harvard and Dartmouth on the final weekend of the season with a 69-59 Ivy league victory over Dartmouth at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Bears' sophomore Peter Sullivan scored 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting from the field to lead Brown to the win.
The victory, Brown's second straight, gives the Bears a 9-19 overall record, 3-11 in the Ivy League, while Dartmouth finishes at 9-19 overall, 7-7 in Ivy play.
Bears' senior Chris Skrelja also had a big game in the final appearance for the Bears, scoring 17 points on 6 of 9 shooting from the field, and grabbing six rebounds.
He also handed out five assists in the game and moved into 10th place in all-time Brown career assists, now with 263 handouts, moving past Marcus Becker, who dished out 259 assists for the Bears from 2003-2007.
"Chris controlled the game from start-to-finish," said Agel. "It was a great way for him to end his collegiate career."
Brown junior center Matt Mullery, who scored 21 points and pulled down 20 rebounds Friday night against Harvard, netted 17 points against the Big Green, connecting on 7 of 9 field goals, while pulling down six rebounds.
Mullery also blocked four shots against the Big Green and finished the season with a Brown record 59 blocks, seventh best in Ivy League basketball history.
Brown took control in the first half, leading by as many as 11 points, 37-26, on a lay-up by Steve Gruber with 3:45 remaining, before settling on a 37-29 lead at the half. Mullery netted 12 first half points for the Bears, connecting on all five field goal attempts.
The closest Dartmouth got in the second half was five points of the Bears, 58-53, following two free throws by senior Alex Barnett with 4:48 remaining. Brown put the game out of reach with a 6-0 spurt to pull ahead by 11 points, 64-53, with Sullivan scoring four of his 21 points in the spurt.
The Bears a torrid 58 percent from the field for the game, connecting on 28 of 48 field goals. Defensively, Brown held the Big Green to just 39 percent (23 of 59) shooting from the field.
Barnett came up with a solid performance in his final collegiate game. The Ivy League's top scorer tosses in a team high 19 points. Dan Bieber added 15 points for the Big Green.