November 30, 2005

Bears Toppled By Wagner, 72-59

Nov. 30, 2005

Box Score

Providence, RI - Brown's furious second half comeback fell short as the Bears dropped a 72-59 non-league decision to Wagner in its home opener at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

Brown dug itself a deep hole in the first half, trailing by as many as 25 points, 40-15, with 37 seconds left in the half. The Bears had a drought of nearly 10 minutes between baskets in the half, scoring at the 17:58 mark on a lay-up by junior Sam Manhanga, and not again until the 8:11 mark when Manhanga scored again.

Brown got back in the game, chipping away at the Wagner lead with defense and offensive execution. The Bears cut the Seahawks' lead to seven points, 61-54, on a driving lay-up by Marcus Becker with 2:48 left in the game, and inched closer again on senior Luke Ruscoe's free throw with 1:35 remaining. But a controversial five-second call on the Bears halted the momentum and Wagner took over down the stretch by converting 7 of 8 free throws.

Manhanga led the Bears with a season high 14 points, connecting on 5 of 8 shots from the field and 4 of 5 free throws. Junior tri-captain PJ Flaherty tossed in 11 points, while sophomore Damon Huffman and Becker added eight points each.

The Seahawks were led by Jamal Smith, who scored 20 of his 25 points in the first half to help Wagner build a 40-17 lead at intermission. Durell Vinson netted 14 points and grabbed a game high eight rebounds for the Seahawks.