Dec. 9, 2006
Albany, NY - Despite a game high 19 points by Brown junior Mark McAndrew, the Bears dropped a 62-52 non-league decision to Albany Saturday afternoon. The loss drops the Bears to 3-7 overall, while the Great Dames are now 3-4 overall.
Albany used a 12-0 first half run to turn a 20-16 lead into a 32-16 advantage with 2:52 left in the first half on a lay-up by senior Jason Siggers with 2:56 remaining. The Bears cut the Albany lead to 32-21 at the half on a basket by sophomore Scott Friske and a three-point basket by junior Damon Huffman, who scored 10 points in the half.
The Bears clawed back to within five points in the second half, trailing 48-43, with 8:42 left to play on two free throws by Huffman. But that was as close as the Bears could get down the stretch as the Great Danes pulled away for the victory.
Brown struggled from the field, connecting on just 7 of 27 second half field goals (25 percent) and shooting 27 percent for the game (14 of 51). While the Bears forced 22 Albany turnovers, they committed 19 turnovers of their own.
McAndrew tossed in 16 of his game high 19 points in the second half. All of his field goals came on three-point baskets, connecting on 5 of 7 treys and 4 of 4 free throws. Huffman also scored in double figures for the Bears with 15 points.
The Great Danes were led by Siggers with 17 points, and senior Brent Wilson, who scored 16 points.
The Bears will break for 13 days for final exams before returning to the hardwood on Friday, December 22 at home against Hartford. Game time is 12:00 noon at the Pizzitola Sports Center.