January 11, 2007

Bears Open Ivy League Season At Home vs. Yale

Jan. 11, 2007

Providence, Rhode Island -

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There's nothing like it college basketball. While most conferences have post-season tournaments to crown its champion, the Ivy League boasts a 14-game regular season playoff, covering seven weeks, to determine its champion and NCAA Tournament qualifier.

For Brown, it all starts Saturday, January 13 at the Pizzitola Sports Center, as the Bears host Yale in the Ivy League opener for both teams, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Bears have played just three of their first 15 games at home, traveling to six different states - Michigan, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Texas (twice) and California. Brown has traveled 11,398 airline miles and stayed in hotels 20 nights so far in 2006-2007. The Bears are 2-1 at the Pizzitola Sports Center this season.

Coach Craig Robinson's team returns home following a four-game, 12-day road trip. The Bears opened the trip with a 63-59 win over Western Illinois in the Flint Hills Resources Classic in Corpus Christi, but dropped games to Texas A&M Corpus Christi (71-57), Cal Davis (49-47) on a last second shot, and SMU (60-56) in overtime.

Juniors Damon Huffman and Mark McAndrew have led the Bears attack, with Huffman averaging a team high 14.1 points per game and McAndrew close behind with 13.1 points per game. The duo have helped the Bears to 102 three-point field goals, with Huffman netting eight treys in scoring 30 points against Rhode Island, and McAndrew tossing in 30 points against Hartford, nailing six treys.

Brown and Yale have met 137 times, dating back to the 1904-1905 season, with the Elis holding a 90-47 series advantage. The two teams split games last season, with the Bears earning a 67-62 win in Providence, and the Elis coming out on top of a 75-61 decision in New Haven. Brown has won seven of the last eight games against Yale.