March 18, 2008
Athens, Ohio - Brown senior Damon Huffman turned in a virtuoso performance in his final collegiate game, scoring a career high 39 points and tying the school record with nine 3-point field goals. But Brown's record-setting season came to an end in the inaugural Collegiate Basketball Invitational (CBI), with the Bears falling to host Ohio, 80-74.
Brown, making its fourth appearance in the post-season, finished the season with a school record 19 victories, posting a 19-10 overall record. Ohio advances to the second round of the CBI wit a 20-12 overall record.
"This was a tough loss for our team, especially our three seniors, who changed the culture of losing," said Brown head coach Craig Robinson. "I'm disappointed for them because we expect to win every game we play. I can't say how proud I am of these guys."
Huffman scored 22 of his career best 39 points in the first half and connected on 13 of 20 field goals for the game, including 9 of 15 treys. The nine treys give him 82 for the season, a Brown single season record, breaking the previous mark of 77 treys by Patrick Powers in 2003-04.
"I would trade every point to get another win," said the selfless Huffman after the loss to the Bobcats.
Senior Mark McAndrew, the Ivy League's leading scorer, scored in double figures for the Bears with 15 points, while adding six points and six assists. Bears' freshman Peter Sullivan added 10 points on 4 of 6 shooting from the field.
The first four and a half minutes of the game could have been called the "Damon Huffman Show," as Brown's senior guard scored the Bears' first 14 points on an array of long 3-point field goals to help build a 14-7 lead to open the game.
Brown's hot shooting from behind the 3-point arc continued through the half with McAndrew giving the Bears a 10 point lead, 29-19, on a trey with 7:21 left in the half.
Huffman sent the Bears into the locker room at the half with a 37-32 lead when his three-point basket at the buzzer swished through the hoop. Huffman accounted for 22 of Brown's 37 first half points, connecting on 6 of 10first half treys.
The second half turned into an old fashion shootout with several lead changes heading down the stretch. Brown held a 60-57 lead with just 5:33 left in the game on a McAndrew 3-point field goal, but Ohio rallied to take the lead for good, 62-60, with 4:57 remaining on a lay-up by Jerome Tillman.
The Bears were never out of the game and trailed by just two points with 1:22 left in regulation on two Huffman free throws. Tommy Williams' dagger from behind the 3-point arc gave the Bobcats control of the game, 72-67, with 55 seconds left to play.
Huffman, the Bears' all-time leader in career treys, finished his Brown career with 232 treys, eighth best in the Ivy League record book. He also moved up to 8th place on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,296 career points.
McAndrew, who connected on 5 of 9 treys for the game, completed his stellar Brown career with 1,100 points, 17th all-time at Brown. His 66 treys this season rank fifth in the Brown record book.
The difference in the game was the strong inside game by the Bobcats. Two Ohio players registered double-doubles, with Tillman scoring 21 points and pulling down 11 rebounds, and Leon Williams powering for 20 points and 12 rebounds. Williams and Tillman combined for 16 of 21 shooting from the field, with most of the shots coming in the paint.