Dec. 30, 2002
Morange, CA - Senior guard Earl Hunt scored 19 points and established a new Brown career scoring record, but it wasn't enough as the Bears dropped a 77-63 non-league decision to St. Mary's.
Hunt became the top scorer in Brown basketball history when he connected on two free throws with 14:22 remaining in the first half. He came into the game with 1,667 career points, needing two points to surpass the previous career scoring record of 1,668 points by Arnie Berman from 1969-1972.
Hunt started the season slowly, missing two of Brown's first eight games with a thigh injury. He regained his magic shooting touch following a nine-day break for final exams, and scored 70 points in Brown's last two games, including 39 points against Central Connecticut last week to equal his career scoring high.
St. Mary's held the lead throughout the first half and maintained a 34-28 advantage at the half behind the strong inside play of 6-8 junior center Chase Poole, who scored 14 points, mostly in the paint. Hunt and junior Pat Powers kept the Bears in the game with 9 and 7 first half points respectively.
Brown battled back to pull to within two points of the Gaels, 54-52, on a layup by senior Alai Nuualiitia with 10:05 remaining to play. St. Mary's put the game away with a 14-4 spurt to grab a 68-56 lead with 3:19 remaining on a free throw by Poole.
Hunt finished the game with a team high 19 points, while sophomore Jason Forte added 15 points for the Bears.
For St. Mary's, junior center Chase Poole scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while senior Ross Benson also registered a double-double for the Gaels with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Brown will back in action for the third and final game of its 12-day West Coast trip on Saturday, January 4, against the University of San Francisco.