Dec. 21, 2002
New Britain, CT - Senior Earl Hunt equaled his career scoring high by exploding for 25 of his game high 39 points in the second half to lift Brown to a 75-67 victory over Central Connecticut.
Hunt, who also scored 39 points against Harvard as a freshman, connected on 13 of 21 shots for the game and knocked down 10 of 10 free throws. Overall, Brown was nearly unstoppable from the charity stripe, connecting on 20 of 21 free throws.
"Earl had a pop in his step today and it's the first time all season that he's been healthy," said Brown coach Glen Miller. "He hit a few shots early and really got his confidence back."
Brown rallied from a 35-28 halftime deficit as Central Connecticut held the halftime lead behind the long range of junior Ricardo Scott, who scored 17 points and knocked down 4 of 7 three-point attempts. Hunt kept the Bears in the game in the first half by connecting on 6 of 9 field goals to score 15 points.
The Bears were well rested, having been idle for the last 12 days due to final exams, and came back strong in the second half, taking the lead for good, 46-44, on a three-point basket by junior Mike Martin with 12:42 remaining. Hunt had eight points in the spurt.
Brown led by as many as 10 points in the second half when Martin connected on his second trey of the game to give the Bears a 58-48 lead.
"We had some of the best practices we've had all season over the last three days," said Miller. "This was a real confidence booster for our team going into our West Coast trip."
Sophomore guard Jason Forte scored just five points, but ran the Bears offense with 7 assists as the Bears turned the ball over just three times in the second half. Jaime Kilburn scored nine points while Martin and sophomore GJ King added 6 points each.
Scott finished the game with 23 points for the Blue Devils, and Ron Robinson also scored in double figures with 10 points.
After a break for the Christmas Holiday's, the Bears will travel to the west coast for three games, starting with San Jose on Saturday, December 28.