Anderson Scores 31 Points, Brown Beats Penn At The Palestra
Brown University Press Release
Philadelphia, Pa. – Senior Brandon Anderson (Mahwah, NJ) scored 23 of his game high 31 points in the second half to rally Brown to its fifth straight win, 75-63, over Penn, earning its first win over the Quakers at the Palestra in three years.
The win propels Brown into second place in the Ivy League standings with a 12-8 overall record, 5-2 in league play, while Penn falls to 12-8 overall, 4-3 in Ivy play.
“I’m really pleased to come in here and get a win,” said Brown head coach Mike Martin. “Penn is a really strong program and is good at both ends of the court. Our senior guards (Anderson and Hunsaker) were the difference with a terrific second half.”
Anderson’s 31 points are one shy of his career high, while his nine rebounds are a career best. He connected on 12-of-22 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws.
Senior Zach Hunsaker (North Salt Lake City, UT) tossed in 21 points for the Bears, one short of his career high, scoring 16 of his points in the second half.
Bears’ sophomore Jaylan Gainey (Greensboro, NC) was a factor in the middle of the Brown defense, pulling down a career high 12 rebounds, while adding six points and altering several shots. Junior Tamenang Choh (Lowell, MA) chipped in with eight points.
Penn was led by AJ Brodeur with 19 points and a game high 15 rebounds. Jordan Dingle (16) and Max Martz 10) also scored in double figures for the Quakers.
Trailing 35-29 at the half, Brown took the lead for good, 40-38, on an Anderson layup with 17:08 remaining.
Freshman Dan Friday’s (Detroit, MI) layup gave Brown its biggest lead, 52-39, with 12:51 left, capping a 23-4 Brown run to open the second half.
The Quakers chipped away and pulled to within five points, 58-53, with 5:20 left on a Brodeur layup.
The Bears went up by 10 points to take control of the game, 65-55, on an Anderson layup with 3:01 remaining.
Brown shot just 21-percent from the field in the opening 10 minutes and fell behind, 18-8, after two free throws by Penn’s Eddie Scott.
The Quakers led by as many as 11 points in the opening half, 35-24, but the Bears closed the half with a 5-0 run in the final 45 seconds on a trey by Hunsaker and a layup by Anderson to trail, 35-29 at intermission,
The Bears continue their southern swing on Saturday evening, traveling to Princeton, N.J. to face the Princeton Tigers. Tip-off at Jadwin Gym is 6:00 pm on ESPN+.