January 21, 2006

Becker Leads Bears To 67-62 Win Over Yale

Jan. 21, 2006

Providence, RI - A great afternoon for Brown basketball, celebrating its 100th Season, was capped off by an outstanding win by coach Glen Miller's men's basketball team.

Junior Marcus Becker scored 18 points and sophomore Damon Huffman added 15 points to lead Brown to a 67-62 Ivy League victory over Yale at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The win lifts the Bears to 1-1 in the Ivy League, 5-10 overall, while Yale drops to 9-8 overall, 1-1 in the Ivy League.

Emotion ran high as Brown welcomed back the greatest players in Bears' history during its 100th Season celebration before the game and at halftime, including its 1986 NCAA Tournament and Ivy League Championship Team, the 1939 NCAA Tournament Team, while honoring some 50-players from Brown's 100th Anniversary All-Decade.

Trailing 19-14 with 9:26 left in the first half, Brown broke the game open by outscoring Yale, 14-0, to grab a 28-19 lead with 4:32 left on two free throws by sophomore Mark McAndrew. Becker had seven of his 14 first half points in the spurt as the Bears led at the half by a 39-30 margin.

Brown continued to put the pressure on Yale, leading by as many as 18 points in the second half, 58-40, on a lay-up by Huffman. With 10:53 left to play.

The Elis battled back to pull to within five points of the Bears, 64-59, on a three-point basket by Travis Pinick with 3:05 left to play.

But that was as close as Yale would get to the Bears, as the Bears converted free throws down the stretch, including three by Becker, to put the game away and claim their first Ivy victory.

Brown forced 17 Yale turnovers, while turning the ball over just eight times.

Becker's 18 points came on 5 of 8 shooting from the field and 6 of 9 shooting from the free throw line. Sophomore forward Mark MacDonald scored nine of his 11 points in the first half, and grabbed five rebounds, while sophomore forward Keenan Jeppesen added 10 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals for the Bears.

Yale was led by Eric Flato, who scored 13 points, and Sam Kaplan, who netted 11 points. Senior Dominick Martin added nine points and a game high nine rebounds for the Elis.