December 22, 2007

Skrelja's Career High 29 Points Leads Brown Over Hartford, 79-61

Dec. 22, 2007

Box Score

Hartford, Connecticut - Junior Chris Skrelja (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY) scored 16 of his game high 29 points in the second half, and senior Damon Huffman (Petoskey, MI) added 20 points to lead Brown to a 79-61 non-league victory over Hartford Saturday morning at the Reich Family Pavilion. The win gives the Bears a 6-4 record, having won four of their last five games, while Hartford drops to 5-8 overall.

Brown head coach Craig Robinson may look to start all of his game next season in the morning hours. The Bears are now 2-0 in games starting at 11:00 a.m., with an earlier season victory over Northwestern.

The 6-6 Skrelja's 29 points came on a dazzling array of baskets inside the paint, connecting on a nearly perfect 11 of 12 field goals and 7 of 8 free throws. In fact, Skrelja did not miss a shot in the second half, connecting on all six of his field goal attempts.

In turn, Huffman provided the outside spark for the Bears, connecting on 6 of 10 shots from behind the three-point arc in scoring 20 points.

Brown built a 38-29 halftime lead behind 13 first half points by Skrelja, nine points by Huffman, all on treys, and eight points by freshman Adrian Williams (Atlanta, GA) .

The Bears took control of the second half and put together a 14-point advantage, 58-44, on a three-point basket by Huffman with 10:59 left in the contest.

Brown sizzled from the field in the second half, connecting on 61 percent of its shots from the field (14 of 23) to finish the game with 56 percent shooting (28 of 50). The Bears also out-rebounded Hartford by a 30-24 margin.

In a game of early runs, Brown opened a 10-0 lead in the opening minutes, followed by a 16-0 Hartford run that gave the Hawks a 16-10 advantage. The Bears came back immediately with a 12-0 run to grab a 22-16 advantage before the game settled down.

Senior Mark McAndrew (Barrington, RI) joined Skrelja and Huffman in double figures for the Bears, netting 16 points. He also grabbed a game high seven rebounds and handed out four assists.

The Hawks were led by senior Jaret Von Rosenberg, who scored 17 points on 6 of 9 shooting from the field. Joe Zeglinski and Warren McLendon added 13 points each for Hartford.

The Bears will be back in action again on Saturday, December 29, traveling to South Bend, Indiana, to battle Notre Dame. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at the Joyce Center.