December 29, 2007

Notre Dame Topples Bears, 87-54

Dec. 29, 2007

Box Score

Notre Dame, Indiana - A milestone game for Brown senior Damon Huffman wasn't enough, as the Bears dropped an 87-54 decision to Notre Dame Saturday evening at the Joyce Center.

With a game high 21 points Huffman became the 20th player in Brown basketball history to score 1,000 or more points. Huffman's 1,000th points came on a three-point basket with 13:59 remaining in the second half.

Rob Kurz tossed in 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, leading four double figure scorers for Notre Dame.

"You can't give up 22 offensive rebounds and expect to beat a team like Notre Dame," said Bears head coach Craig Robinson, whose team was out-rebounded by a 54-25 margin for the game. "We had been a pretty good rebounding team up until today. My hat is off to coach (Mike) Brey and his team. Other than Rhode Island, Notre Dame is probably the best team we've faced all year."

The Fighting Irish led from start to finish, jumping out to an early 18-8 lead and never looking back, building a 48-27 lead at the half behind 12 points by Luke Harabgody. Huffman netted 11 first half points to keep the Bears in the game, while senior Mark McAndrew added 10 points. Notre Dame shot a strong 50 percent (8 of 16) from behind the three-point arc in the half, and out-rebounded the Bears by a 24-9 margin.

The second half was more of the same as Kurz led the Fighting Irish by scoring 10 of his team high 15 points.

Huffman's 21 points came on 6 of 12 shooting from the field, including 5 of 8 shooting from behind the three point arc. McAndrew finished the game with 10 points, while freshmen Peter Sullivan and Sean Kane added six points each.

In addition to Kurz' 15 points, Ryan Ayers and Harangody netted 13 points each, while Kyle McAlarney added 12 points.

Brown will be back in action again after the New Year, traveling to West Point, New York to battle Army on Wednesday, January 2. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at Cristl Arena on the United States Military Academy campus.