Providence, R.I. – Albany connected on 35 free throws in a foul
plagued game to come away with a 74-68 win over Brown at the Pizzitola
The loss drops Brown to 6-3 overall, heading in to exam break, while Albany extends its record to 5-4 overall.
The game was decided at the free throw line with the two teams
combining for 79 total free throws and 59 fouls. Albany had a decided
advantage, shooting 76-percent from the charity stripe on 35-of-46
shooting, while Brown connected on just 17-of-33 free throws
"That's a good team, who won 24 games last year," said head coach
Mike Martin. "We have to be better, especially when playing five
freshmen against a physical team like Albany. Albany is physically
strong and scouted us extremely well. We have to do a better job
preparing ourselves for a full 40 minutes."
Brown senior Sean McGonagill
(Brookfield, IL) led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of 16 from the
field, while grabbing five rebounds and handing out four assists.
"Sean has been our team leader all year," added Martin. "He's our go-to guy who is ready, willing and able to make shots."
Freshmen Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD) and Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX) both registered career scoring highs for the Bears, with Blackmon scoring 12 points and Spieth adding 10 points.
Bears' sophomore forward Cedric Kuakumensah
(Worcester, MA), the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Year, scored
12 points, blocked five shots and pulled down seven rebounds.
Sam Rowley led the Great Danes with 20 points, connecting on 12-of-15
free throws. Gary Johnson added 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the
field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line.
Brown trailed 41-27 at the half and made a furious second half
comeback to trail by four points, 58-54, with 6:58 remaining after a
free throw by junior Dockery Walker, capping a 10-0 Brown run.
The comeback bid continued with a three-point play by Blackmon to cut
the Great Danes' lead to three points, 62-59, with just 2:52 left in
But Albany converted 12-of-14 down the stretch to pull away for the victory.
The Bears struggled on the defensive end in the opening half,
trailing Albany by 12 points, 27-15, following a layup by Johnson with
8:22 left in the half. The Great Dames later extended their lead to 18
points, 40-22, with 2:39 remaining in the half on a dunk by Levian
Brown closed the half with a 5-1 run to trail, 41-27, at intermission.
The Bears will be idle for exams until a December 22 matchup with
Northwestern in Evanston, IL. Tip-off is 2:00 pm at Welsh-Ryan Arena.