December 5, 2006

Bears To Battle Rams For RI State Championship

Dec. 5, 2006

Providence, Rhode Island -

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The 150th meeting between Brown and Rhode Island has special significance this season. With Brown's 51-41 victory over Providence College earlier this season, and URI's loss to Providence on Saturday, a Brown win over the Rams would give the Bears the Rhode Island Division I State Championship. Brown last beat PC and URI in the same season in 2001-2002.

Brown earned its second straight win to extend its record to 3-5 with an 80-74 victory over Quinnipiac Saturday evening. Along the way, the Bears set a new school record for free throws made in a game with 47. Bears' junior guard Mark McAndrew (Barrington, RI) scored 18 points and grabbed a career high 14 rebounds against the Bobcats. Rhode Island dropped a 95-66 decision to Providence College Saturday afternoon to fall to 4-4 overall.

Brown and URI have met 149 times, dating back to the 1906-1907 season, with the Rams holding a 97-52 series advantage. URI has won the last four games between the two teams, including a 57-40 decision last year at the Ryan Center. Brown's last win over the Rams came in the 2001-2002 season when the Bears came away with a 91-76 victory at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

Brown welcomed back two significant players Saturday night against Quinnipiac, junior guard Damon Huffman (Petoskey, MI), who was injured early in Brown's season opener, and sophomore guard Chris Skrelja (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY), who made his season debut after being injured late in the pre-season. Skrelja responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds against the Bobcats, while Huffman tossed in nine points and pulled down three rebounds.