Brown Falls In Overtime At Cornell, 70-66

Brown University Press Release

Ithaca, N.Y. – When Brown head coach Mike Martin looks back at tonight’s game against Cornell, he’ll look at missed opportunities in the Bears 70-66 overtime loss to the Big Red at Newman Arena.

“Unfortunately, we weren’t at our best offensively after the quick start that we had,” said Martin, whose team jumped out to an early 22-9 lead.  “Our defense was solid for most of the game, but we had too many offensive lulls and Cornell made just a couple more plays than we did.”

Brown’s (14-9, 2-5 Ivy) George Mawanda-Kalema (Burke, VA) tied the game, 60-60, on two free throws with 46 seconds left in regulation. The Bears had a chance to win it at the end of regulation, but Desmond Cambridge’s (Nashville, TN) jumper in the lane was off the mark with two seconds left.

Cornell (13-10, 5-2 Ivy) quickly capitalized in the extra period, scoring the first seven points in overtime on field goals by Josh Warren and Jimmy Boeheim, and a trey by Matt Morgan for a 67-60 lead.

Brown battled back with consecutive layups by senior Obi Okolie (Ajax, Ontario) and two free throws by Mawanda-Kalema to trail 67-66, with 19 seconds left.

Big Red forward Terrance McBride connected on a layup with 11 seconds left for a three-point Cornell lead, 69-66. The Bears were unable to get off a shot in the waning seconds and Cornell’s Steven Julian put the game away with a free throw with less than a second remaining for a 70-66 Big Red win.

Okolie led the Bears’ offense with 15 points, while pulling down seven rebounds. Mawanda-Kalema scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half, connecting on 4-of-5 field goals.

Brown sophomore Tamenang Choh (Lowell, MA) registered his seventh double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and added a career high four steals. Cambridge finished with 10 points, and sophomore Matt DeWolf (Barrington, RI) had six points and five rebounds.

Boeheim, the son of Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, led all scorers with 21 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the field, while Warren added 18 points for the Big Red. Morgan also scored in double figures with 15 points.

Brown held an early 10-point advantage, 14-4, on a Cambridge trey with 12:57 left in the half, and later extended its lead to 13 points, 22-9, at the 8:30 mark on a Zach Hunsaker (North Salt Lake City, UT) trey.

The Big Red closed the half with an 18-9 run to trail, 31-27, at intermission with Boeheim scoring nine of his 13 first half points in the spurt.

In a defensive second half, Brown tied the game, 56-56, on jump shot by Mawanda-Kalema, but Cornell pulled ahead, 58-56, on a Morgan layup with 2:23 left in the game. 

Choh tied the game for the Bears once again, 58-58, on two free throws with 2:02 remaining.

Cornell grabbed a 60-58 lead on a Josh Warren layup, but Mawanda-Kalema tied the game, 60-60, with two free throws with 46 seconds left.

The Bears return to the hardwood tomorrow evening, making the trek to New York City to face Columbia. Tip off at Levien Gym is 7:00 pm on ESPN+.