January 4, 2008

Bears Ranked 95th in RPI, Host American Tonight At The Pizzitola Sports Center

Jan. 4, 2008

Providence, RI -

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Brown returns home tonight to battle American University (7:00 p.m., Pizzitola Sports Center) after a three-game road trip where coach Craig Robinson's team posted victories in two of three games. The Bears, 7-5 overall, moved up to 95 in the RPI this week, the highest RPI ranking ever for the Brown basketball team.

Tickets for tonight's game against American are available by calling (401) 863-2773. In a special "Hollah for a Dollah" promotion for this game, all tickets and hot dogs are only $1.

Brown extended its record to 7-5 overall with a thrilling 79-78 come-from-behind win over Army at West Point, NY, Wednesday evening on senior Damon Huffman's game-winning 10-foot jump shot with 1.7 seconds remaining. The Bears have now won five of their last seven games. American (7-6) has won three of its last five games, but is coming off a 71-58 loss to Georgetown on Saturday.

Brown and American have met three times, dating back to the 1970-1971 season, with the Bears holding a 3-0 series advantage over the eagles. The two teams last met in the 1986-1987 season, with the Bears coming out on top of a 95-84 decision.

Since the Ivy League began play in 1954-1955, Brown has won seven or more non-league games four times. This year's 7-5 Brown team has equaled the seven wins earned by Brown teams in 1966-67 and 2004-2005. Only Brown's 2001-2002 team (9 wins) has earned more non-league victories.

Huffman moved into 17th place on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,031 career points after scoring 23 points vs. Army on Wednesday. Huffman moved past Woody Grimshaw (1,009 points, 1944-47) and Brian Lloyd (1,011 points, 1992-1996), and is tied with Eric Blackiston (1,031 points from 1992-1996) on Brown's all-time scoring list.

Tonight's game is broadcast on WSKO-AM 790 The Score, with Scott Cordischi calling the play and Russ Tyler '71 providing the color commentary.

Brown basketball fans can also watch a live video and audio feed (WSKO-AM 790 The Score) of all home games through B2 Networks. All Brown home games will be aired through Brown's athletic website http://brownbears.com . Fans wanting to watch Brown events via B2 Networks will need a high-speed Internet connection and a current version of Windows Media Player. Games will be sold on an individual basis at $6 per game or $50 for the season.