Dec. 21, 2008
Staten Island, NY - The Brown men's basketball team hoped to have success on its final semester exams, but the 12-day layoff produced an inconsistent performance on the court for the Bears in a 78-66 loss to Wagner Sunday afternoon. Jamal Smith scored a game high 20 points for the Seahawks (6-3), while junior Matt Mullery led Brown (4-6) with 18 points.
Wagner took control early in the game, building a 21-10 lead in the first 12 minutes. The Seahawks grabbed their biggest lead of the second half, 32-16, on a basket by Jamal Smith with 2:46 left in the half.
Brown was held to 28 percent shooting in the first half (8-28). Mullery's 11 first half points kept the Bears in contention.
A free throw by Scott Friske and a trey by sophomore Adrian Williams cut the Seahawks advantage to 10 points, 38-28, early in the second half. But Wagner's Joey Mundweiler hit two consecutive treys to give the Seahawks control of the game once again.
All 12 of Brown's healthy players scored points for the Bears, led by Mullery's team high 18 points on 5 of 9 shooting from the field and 7 of 10 shooting from the free throw line. Williams was Brown's only other double figure scorer with 10 points as the Bears could muster just 37 percent shooting from the field (20 of 53).
Senior Chris Skrelja netted just two points for the Bears, but pulled down a game high 11 rebounds.
Mundweiler scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, connecting on 5 of 9 treys for the game. Llewchean Radford added 10 points for the Seahawks.
The Bears will break for the Holliday's and return home to the Pizzitola Sports Center on Monday, December 29, for a matinee match-up with Quinnipiac. The game will be televised live on NESN, starting at 1:00 p.m.