January 21, 2009

Bears Look To Split Season Series With Yale

Jan. 21, 2009

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Coach Jesse Agel's men's basketball team will look to rebound from last week's 70-62 loss to Yale, taking on the Elis once again in a re-match on Friday, January 23, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven. While the Bears have now lost their last four Ivy League season openers to the Elis, they have come back to take the second game in each of the previous three years.

Brown fell to 6-9 overall and 0-1 in the Ivy League following last week's loss to the Elis to open the Ivy season. Junior guard Alex Zampier scored 17 of his team high 19 points in the second half to lead Yale, while Brown junior center Matt Mullery (Millstone, NJ) scored a game high 23 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots to lead the Bears.

Mullery is having a break-out season for the Bears, shooting a torrid 62 percent from the field (88 of 143) to lead the Ivy League and rank 13th in the nation. Mullery's 15.9 points per game are fourth in the Ivy League, while his 1.6 blocked shots per game (24 total) are second in the Ivies.

Friday's game at Yale is the first of five straight Ivy League road games for the Bears. Yale's win over the Bears gave the Elis a 6-9 record, 1-0 in the Ivy League, and extended its winning streak to four games.

Brown and Yale have met 142 times, dating back to the 1904-1905 season, with the Elis holding a 93-49 series advantage. Yale defeated the Bears, 70-62, last week in Providence to open the Ivy season. The two teams split games in each of the previous three seasons, although Brown had won nine of the previous 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.