Nov. 19, 2005
New Britain, Conn. - The Brown men's basketball fought to the finish, but couldn't pick up its first win of the season, falling to Birmingham Southern, 63-62, in the second round of the Mohegan Sun Classic on the campus of Central Connecticut State University. The Bears are now 0-2 overall, while Birmingham Southern evens its record at 1-1.
The game was evenly played in the first half before Birmingham Southern went on a 13-0 spurt to extend an 18-16 lead to a 31-16 advantage with 5:10 left in the half. The Bears trailed 39-27 at the half as Birmingham Southern shot a torrid 88 percent from three-point range, converting 7 of 8 treys.
The Bears came roaring back in the second half, whittling away at the Birmingham Southern lead, pulling to within one point of the Panthers, 55-54 on a three-point basket by sophomore Damon Huffman with 4:20 remaining in the game.
Birmingham Southern extended its lead to 60-54, before the Bears came back once again and pulled to within two points, 62-60, on two free throws by sophomore Marcus Becker with 34 seconds remaining. Following a free throw by Ed Horton with 22 seconds left to play, Becker's lay-up cut the Panthers lead to one point, 63-62, with 14 seconds remaining to play.
The Bears had a chance to win it when Birmingham Southern's James Collins missed two free throws with 3.5 seconds remaining. But senior Luke Ruscoe's long-range final shot from just inside mid-court fell short as well as the Bears' comeback bid.
Huffman scored 10 of his game high 17 points in the second half to lead the Bears on 5 of 10 shooting from the field. Becker scored a career high 14-points, while sophomore Keenan Jeppesen and Ruscoe scored 10 points each.
Birmingham Southern's Tom Viglianco tossed in 16 of his game high 17 points in the first half, shooting 6 of 10 from the field and 4 of 6 from three-point range. Dwayne Paul chipped in 11 points for the Panthers.
The Bears will be back in action again next Wednesday on the road against the University of Hartford.