Bears Earn First Win, 70-60, Over Hartford
Nov. 23, 2005
After shooting just one free throw in the first half, the Bears pounded the ball inside in the second half and connected on 29 of 30 shots from the free throw line. Both Friske and Huffman were the difference in the second half, with Huffman scoring 12 of his 16 points, and Friske netting 10 of his 12 points. The Bears earned the victory without the benefit of a three-point basket, shooting 0-13 from behind the three-point arc.
The Bears led for the entire second half, leading by as many as 13 points, 54-41 on a lay-up by James Daniels. Hartford pulled to within two points of the Bears, 60-58, on a jump shot by David Ruffian with 6:32 left to play. Huffman answered by connecting on two free throws with 4:48 remaining, and the Bears were never challenged for the remainder of the game.
The Bears attacked the pressing Hawks from the outset and built a 21-5 lead with 10:59 remaining in the first half on a lay-up by freshman Chris Skrelja, as eight different players scored for coach Glen Miller's team.
Brown's 16 point lead quickly evaporated as Hartford went on a 16-0 run over the next five-plus minutes to tie the game, 21-21, on two consecutive three-point baskets by Brian Glowiak.
The remainder of the half was evenly played as the Bears took the lead again, 31-27, on baskets by freshman Damon Huffman and junior PJ Flaherty. A late basket by Hartford's Bo Taylor cut Brown's halftime lead to 31-29.
Huffman connected on 6 of 7 free throws and grabbed six rebounds for the Bears. Brown also received a solid performance by its lone senior, Luke Ruscoe, who netted nine points and grabbed a game high 11 rebounds. Junior forwards PJ Flaherty and Sam Manhanga connected on eight points each from inside the paint.
The Hawks were led by senior Kenny Adeleke, who netted 16 points, and Ruffian, who finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds.
The Bears will be back in action on Saturday against intra-state rival Rhode Island. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at the Ryan Center.