Dec. 5, 2006
Kingston, Rhode Island - Despite a career high 30 points from junior guard Damon Huffman, Brown's furious second half comeback fell short as the Bears dropped a 72-68 decision to Rhode Island at the Ryan Center.
Huffman's 30 points came on phenomenal 8 of 11 shooting from behind the three-point arc. His eight treys are one short of the Brown record and rank second in the Brown record book. Huffman, who missed his first three attempts from three-point range, helped the Bears convert 14 of 32 treys(44 percent) for the evening.
Rhode Island had the better of play in the first half, leading by as many as 11 points, 29-18. The Bears clawed back and cut the URI lead to six points at the half, 35-29, on a three-point basket buzzer-beater by Huffman. Each team connected on seven first half treys, with Huffman scoring all nine of his first half points from behind the three-point arc.
The Rams scored the first eight points of the second half to grab a 43-29 lead. Brown battled back once again and cut the URI advantage to just two points, 61-59, on a lay-up by junior Mark McAndrew with 4:28 left in the half.
Rhode Island went back up by 10 points, 70-60 with 1:24 remaining, but Brown rallied once again to pull to within three points, 71-68, on a McAndrew trey with :35 seconds to play. Following a URI turnover, sophomore Chris Skrelja had a chance to tie the game with nine seconds to play, but his three-point attempt fell off the rim.
Joining Huffman in double figures for Brown were McAndrew with 12 points and Skrelja with 10 points. Huffman's eight treys are one short of the Brown record of nine by Brian Lloyd vs. Lafayette in 1995. Three other Brown players have hit for eight treys - Patrick Lynch vs. Dartmouth in 1987; Chuck Savage vs. Columbia in 1991; and Brian Lloyd vs. Yale in 1995.
The Rams' Jimmy Baron also converted eight threes on the night, while connecting for 28 points.
The Bears will be back in action on Saturday, December 9th, on the road against Albany. Following the Albany game, the Bears will break for final exams, returning to the hardwood on Friday, December 22 at home against Hartford at 12:00 noon.