Nov. 30, 2004
Staten Island, New York - Senior guard Jason Forte exploded for 25 points on 6 of 10 shooting from three point range to lead Brown to its first win of the season, a 76-60 victory over Wagner. The Bears are now 1-4 overall, while Wagner drops to 1-3.
A 15-2 spurt late in the first half gave the Bears a 31-24 lead with 3:59 remaining when Forte connected on his second straight three-point basket. The Seahawks battled back to tie the game, 33-33, with 1:05 left in the half, but Forte's three-point basket gave Brown the lead for good, 36-33 at the half. Forte scored 11 first half points to lead the Bears.
Brown dominated the second half, jumping out to a 53-41 lead on a Forte three-point jumper with 13:35 remaining in the game. Wagner pulled to within three points of the Bears, 53-50, but that was as close as the Seahawks would get.
Forte six three-point baskets rank fifth in the Brown record book and are a personal high for the Ivy League Player of the Year. The Bears connected on 13 of 27 three-point baskets, including 7 of 12 in the second half.
With 25 points against the Seahawks, Forte moved past Lou Murgo (1,147 points from 1951-55) and Mike Waitkus (1,165 points from 1982-86), who was in attendance at the game, into 12th place on Brown's all-time career scoring list with 1,171 career points.
Brown was also solid from the free throw line, connecting on 11 of 13 shots from the charity stripe. Wagner struggled from the line, hitting just 6 of 20 free throws, missing 10 straight free throws in the second half.
Junior Luke Ruscoe also scored in double figures for the Bears, adding 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting from the field. Barrington freshman Mark McAndrew tossed in nine points on three of 5 shooting from behind the three-point arc, while pulling down 5 rebounds..
The Seahawks were led by sophomore Durell Vinson, who scored 12 points.
The road weary Bears return home for their first home game of the season on Friday, December 3 against Binghamton. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at the Pizzitola Sports Center.