November 29, 2008

Bears Rally For 53-51 Win Over Eastern Michigan

Nov. 29, 2008

Final Stats

Providence, RI - Sophomore Peter Sullivan tossed in a game high 20 points, and junior Matt Mullery scored 9 points and grabbed a career high 13 rebounds, to lead Brown to a 53-51 come-from-behind win over Eastern Michigan at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

Brown, now 3-3 on the young season, will travel down College Hill to the Dunkin Donuts Center on Wednesday to face cross-town rival Providence College at 7:00 p.m. The loss sends Eastern Michigan to 1-6 overall.

The game was played at a frenetic pace with 16 lead changes, including nine lead changes in the second half. The Bears tied the game on a Mullery free throw with 2:12 remaining, and took the lead for good, 53-51, with 1:56 left on the clock on a foul-line jump shot by Sullivan.

Brown's staunch defense forced two Eastern Michigan turnovers in the next 60 seconds, and gained possession with 45 seconds left in the game. The Bears were unable to get off a good shot, and were called for a shot clock violation, giving Eastern Michigan the ball with 7.7 seconds remaining.

Again, Brown turned up the defensive pressure and forced the Eagles into a desperation three-point shot by Wendale Farrow as the final buzzer sounded.

"I can't wait to have an easy one," said Bears head coach Jesse Agel. "This one was a struggle. I hope our kids enjoy this win, earning a victory when we didn't play well. This has been a good week for our team with two wins, and now heading into the Providence game with a .500 record."

Brown trailed by as many as nine points in the first half, 23-14, with 5:27 remaining. The Bears stormed back with a 13-2 run, capped off with back-to-back treys by sophomore Morgan Kelly, giving the Bears a 25-23 lead with 30 seconds left in the half. A three-point basket by Eastern Michigan's Zane Gay with one second remaining lifted the Eagles to a 28-26 halftime lead.

Sullivan scored eight of his 20 points from the free throw line, aggressively driving to the hoop. He connected on 5 of 10 field goals and 8 of 12 free throws. Mullery controlled the boards for Brown, grabbing eight of his career high 13 rebounds in the first half to keep the Bears in the game.

Brown senior point-forward Chris Skrelja helped the Bears cause with nine points and nine assists. Kelly, who hit the two big treys at the end of the first half, finished the game with eight points.

The Bears were able to win the game despite shooting just 35 percent from the field (14 of 40). Brown held the Eagles to 38 percent shooting from the field (21 of 54).

The difference proved to be at the free throw line where Brown connected on 20 of 25 free throws and Eastern Michigan made just two free throws on five attempts.

Solomon Farris tossed in 13 points to lead Eastern Michigan, while L.J Fraser scored 11 points and handed-out a game high six assists.