Dec. 3, 2007
Hamden, Conn. - Senior Mark McAndrew (Barrington, RI) scored five of his game high 21 points in overtime to lift Brown to an 86-79 victory over Quinnipiac at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. The win lifts the Bears to 4-3 for the season, while the Bobcats fall to 2-4 overall.
"It's great to be able to beat an athletic team on the road, especially in overtime," said Bears' head coach Craig Robinson. "We had contributions from a lot of players. If you stick to your game plan, you can beat a team like this."
The score was tied, 74-74, at the end of regulation, and the Bears quickly jumped out to a six point lead in overtime, 80-74, on a free throw by junior Scott Friske, two free throws by McAndrew, and a trey by senior Damon Huffman with 2:20 remaining.
Friske tied the game, 74-74, with 1:14 left in the game, and gave Brown had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation after he grabbed an offensive rebound with 17.5 seconds left. Following a timeout, senior Damon Huffman attempted a 10-foot baseline jump shot that hit the side of the rim and fell out.
Brown held a 38-36 lead at the half with an early three-point barrage, where six of the Bears' first seven field goals came from behind the three-point arc. Huffman connected on three first half treys, finishing with nine points in the half, as the Bears connected on 7 of 13 first half treys.
Robinson's team opened the second half with a 13-3 run to grab a 51-41 advantage on a three-point play by sophomore Matt Mullery with 16:56 left in the game. Quinnipiac answered with a 22-6 run to grab its biggest lead, 63-57, on a jump shot by DeMario Anderson with 8:55 remaining in regulation.
McAndrew's 21 points led five Brown players in double figures. Huffman scored 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting from the field. Friske scored 11 points and grabbed a game high nine rebounds. Junior Chris Skrelja tossed in 11 points, while senior Mark MacDonald added 10 points for the Bears.
Quinnipiac's DeMario Anderson led all scorers with 22 points, connecting on 8 of 15 field goals, while Justin Rutty, Evann Baker and James Feldeine added 10 points each.
The Bears will be back in action on Thursday, December 6th, playing their fourth game in eight days at home against New Hampshire. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at the Pizzitola Sports Center.