Brown Bounces Penn at the Pizzitola Center

Brown news release…

Providence, R.I. – Brown sophomore guard JR Hobbie scored a career high 21 points for the second straight time against Penn, connecting on a career best six treys, to lead the Bears to a 75-69 Ivy League win over the Quakers at the Pizzitola Sports Center Friday evening.

The Bears earned their second straight win and improved to 13-15 overall, 4-7 in the Ivy League, while Penn dropped its sixth straight game to fall to 7-17, 2-8 in league play.

“I thought we played well out of the gate and did a great job of building an early lead,” said Brown head coach Mike Martin, whose team led 17-5 in the opening minutes.  “Our guys were energized and really crisp in the first four minutes.  When shots fall the offense really looks good.”

Hobbie, who scored 21 points against the Quakers two weeks ago in Philadelphia, scored his 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and 3-of-3 shooting from the free throw line.  Senior Rafael Maia, the Ivy League’s leading rebounder, registered a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Bears’ sophomore point guard Tavon Blackmon tossed in 10 of his 16 points in the second half and connected on 6-of-12 field goals, including 3-of-4 from beyond the three-point arc. Sophomore forward Cedric Kuakumensah just missed a double-double for the Bears with 13 points and nine rebounds, while adding three blocked shots.

The Quakers were paced by junior guard Tony Hicks, who came off a two-game suspension to score a game-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field, including 3-of-4 from beyond the three-point arc. Antonio Woods (15 points) and Sam Jones (13 points) also scored in double figures for the Quakers.

Trailing by as many as 19 points in the second half, Penn made a run at the Bears and cut Brown’s lead to five points, 66-61, with 3:08 left in the game on a trey by Jones.

Hobbie answered with a trey at the 2:50 mark to put Brown back up, 69-61.

Hicks turned up the heat with a fast break lay-up to pull the Quakers to within four points of the Bears, 71-67, with 48-seconds left in the game.

Kuakumensah hit two free throws to put the Bears back up by six points, 73-67, but Darnell Foreman’s lay-up for the Quakers made the score 73-69.  Free throws by Brown’s Steven Spieth and Kuakumensah accounted for the final score.

Brown jumped all over the Quakers at the outset of the game, grabbing a 17-5 lead in the first four minutes, behind the hot shooting of Hobbie, who connected on three treys in the opening spurt.

Hobbie’s trey at the 4:50 mark of the opening half gave the Bears a 34-20 advantage and freshman Jason Massey’s layup with 2:01 remaining extended Brown’s lead to 17 points, 41-24.

Late Penn lay-ups by Darien Nelson-Henry and Camryn Crocker cut the Brown lead to 41-28 at the half.

Undaunted, the Bears opened the half with an 8-2 run to pull ahead by a 49-30 margin following a Maia lay-up with 16:52 left in the game.

The Bears will play their final home game tomorrow (Saturday), hosting Princeton at the Pizzitola Sports Center, starting at 6 pm.  Saturday’s game against the Tigers is Senior Night, with seniors Rafael Maia, Jon Schmidt, Dockery Walker and Longji Yiljep being honored in ceremonies prior to the game.