November 17, 2002

Brown Falls To IUPUI, 66-65, In Guardians Classic

Nov. 17, 2002

Notre Dame, Indiana - Brown senior Earl Hunt had his 13-foot baseline jumper blocked by Josh Murray with one second remaining, as the Brown men's basketball team opened its season with a 66-65 loss to IUPUI in the first round of the Guardians Classic at the Joyce Center on the campus of Notre Dame.

Trailing 66-64, Hunt converted one of two free throws with 48 seconds remaining to pull the Bears to within one point, 66-65. Brown got the ball back when sophomore Jason Forte tied-up IUPUI's Marcus May for a jump ball with 13 seconds left to play.

Following a Brown timeout, Forte dribbled to the top of the key and spotted Hunt on the left side. Hunt drove the baseline and appeared to get bumped by Murray as he pulled up for the short jump shot, but no call was made as time expired.

The Jaguars led for most of the game and held a 34-25 advantage with 2 minutes remaining in the first half. Brown got back into the game with a slam dunk by senior Alai Nuualiitia, a three-point basket by Hunt and a lay-up by freshman Luke Ruscoe at the buzzer to trail 34-32 at the half. Hunt scored 15 points in the half.

IUPUI led by as many as 10 points in the second half, 51-41, with 11:49 left in the game. The Bears chipped away and drew to within one point, 65-64, on Hunt's three-point basket with 2:41 remaining. Odell Bradley converted one of two free throws with 56 seconds left to play to extend the Jaguars' advantage to 66-64.

Hunt, the Ivy League's top scorer for the last two years, led all scorers with 22 points, hitting 4 of 6 three-point baskets. Senior Alai Nuualiitia scored 15 points on perfect 6 of 6 shooting from the field, and pulled down a team high seven rebounds. Nuualiitia needs just 8 more points to become Brown's 18th career 1,000-point scorer.

May led the Jaguars with 17 points, while Bradley added 15 points. Josh Murray registered a double-double for IUPUI, scoring 10 points and pulling down a game high 10 rebounds.