Jan. 15, 2009
Providence, RI -
While most conferences have a post-season tournament 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 Friday evening, January 16 at the Pizzitola Sports Center, starting at 7:00 p.m., as the Bears host Yale in the Ivy League opener for both teams.
Brown and Yale have met 141 times, dating back to the 1904-1905 season, with the Elis holding a 92-49 series advantage. The two teams split games in each of the last three seasons, although Brown has won nine of the last 12 meetings between the two teams. Last year, Yale earned a 66-63 overtime decision in New Haven, and Brown come back to grab a 77-68 victory in Providence.
Brown (6-8, 0-0 Ivy) is coming off a 69-56 victory over Bryant, with Matt Mullery `10 scoring a game high 16 points, and Scott Friske `09 and Peter Sullivan `11 adding 15 points each. Yale (5-9, 0-0 Ivy) is riding a three-game winning streak following a 71-63 win over Hartford.
Head Coach Jesse Agel's six non-league victories are the fourth highest (tied) win total for a Brown team since the Ivy League began play in 1954-1955. Brown's 2001-2002 team (9 wins) holds the school record for non-league victories.