March 19, 2003
Charlottesville, VA - The Brown men's basketball season ended in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament as the Bears dropped an 89-73 decision to Virginia.
Brown, making its first appearance in the NIT and its third post-season appearance ever, battled the Cavaliers of the Atlantic Coast Conference, trailing, 44-40, at halftime. Junior Patrick Powers led Brown's first half surge by scoring 12 points in the half, connecting on 5 of 7 shots from the field.
It looked as if the Bears were going to upset the Cavaliers when senior Earl Hunt knocked down a jump shot to pull the Bears to within one point, 47-46, with 17:39 left in the game.
The strong inside play of Virginia finally wore the Bears out as the Cavaliers outscored Brown 10-0 over the next 1:50 to grab a 57-46 lead and control of the game.
Powers led the Bears with 18 points while grabbing a team-high 6 rebounds. Sophomore Jason Forte played all 40 minutes for the Bears, netting 14 points, handing out six assists and making four steals. Forte's six assists established a new season record for assists at Brown, bringing his season total to 155, eclipsing the mark of 150 assists by Mike Waitkus in 1985.
Hunt, Brown's all-time leading scorer, chipped in 11 points for the Bears to extend his career scoring ledger to 2,041 points. Senior Alai Nuualiitia tossed in 10 points to finish his career with 1,344 points, third best in Brown history.