Providence, R.I. - Sophomore Sophie Bikofsky connected on a 17-foot jump shot from the corner with 3.5 seconds remaining in regulation to lift Brown to a 53-51 victory over the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Tuesday afternoon at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
The Bears and Highlanders tipped-off at 11:30 a.m. for Brown's first Elementary Day. Children from Providence area elementary schools attended the game and cheered on the Bears at a fever pitch. The kids were also the beneficiary of a pre-game basketball clinic, a visit by Rhode Island State Troopers, and were educated on health and nutrition by the Brown Athletic Training staff.
Junior point guard Lauren Clarke inbounded the ball under the Brown basket with 5.3 seconds remaining to a wide-open Bikofsky, who knocked down the game-winning jump shot from just inside the three-point arc.
Clarke paced the Bears offensive effort with 15 points, while Bikofsky finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. Bears' senior forward Caroline King turned in a strong performance with nine points and a team high eight rebounds, as Brown out-rebounded the Highlanders by a 43-32 margin.
Johnson led NJIT with 21 points and 12 rebounds, both game highs.
In a tightly contested opening 20 minutes, Brown led by as many as seven points, 23-16, following a trey by Clarke with 4:39 left in the half.
The Highlanders out-scored the Bears 10-2 to finish the half, grabbing a 26-25 at intermission after a late lay-up by Rayven Johnson.
NJIT pulled ahead by eight points, 35-27, at the outset of the second half, but the Bears quickly rallied with an impressive 14-4 run to pull ahead by a 41-39 margin at the 10:31 mark of the second half following a trey by Bikofsky.
Clarke's two free throws with 5:04 remaining in the game gave the Bears a 47-43 advantage. Bikofsky hit two more free throws for the Bears for a 49-43 Brown lead with just under four minutes to play.
The Bears open their Ivy League season on Saturday, January 19, traveling to New Haven, Conn. To face the Yale Bulldogs. Game time is 4:30 p.m. at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
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