November 25, 2003

Men's Basketball Takes 63-57 Victory Over Wagner

Nov. 25, 2003

Providence, Rhode Island - Sophomore forward Luke Ruscoe scored a career-high 15 points as Brown University defeated Wagner College by a 63-57 score Tuesday evening at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

The Bears (1-2) won their home opener for the third time in four years. The Seahawks (0-2) remain winless after a pair of road games.

After the Bears raced out to a 37-27 lead to start the second half, Wagner rallied, outscoring Brown 17-6 over a seven-minute stretch to take a 44-41 lead with 9:44 to play. Nigel Wyatte scored 13 of his game-high 20 points during the Seahawks, run.

Down 45-43 with nine minutes to play, the Bears broke the game open by scoring 12 straight points, capped off by Jason Forte's 18-foot jump shot with 5:31 remaining. Sean Munson scored four points in the next :29 to pull the Seahawks within six, at 55-49. Brown responded immediately, as Patrick Powers nailed a wide open 3-pointer, followed by a Forte baseline jumper, giving the Bears a comfortable 60-49 edge heading into the final three minutes.

In the first half, both teams struggled from the field, shooting a combined 22-of-60 (36.6 percent). Neither team took control of the game until Brown broke a 17-17 stalemate with 7;17 to play, outscoring Wagner 14-5 during the remainder of the half and taking a 31-22 lead into the locker room at halftime. Ruscoe hit a pair of 3-pointers while Forte added one of his own during the Bears, run.

Wyatte tallied 20 rebounds to complete his first double-double of the season. Munson, with 11 points, was the only other Seahawk to reach double figures. Forte (12 points) and Powers (11) followed Ruscoe as the Bears, scoring leaders.