Brown, Kino Lilly Heat Up From Three, Bears Pull Away from Central Connecticut
The Brown men’s basketball team trailed by eight with 14:18 left in the second half, but a 32-4 run over the next nine minutes lifted the Bears to an eventual 75-57 win over Central Connecticut.
Kino Lilly Jr. made five threes during the run, and six in the game, and ended up leading all scorers with a game-high 22 points.
“Our guys sensed Kino was feeling it,” head coach Mike Martin said. “And they found him. We tell him every day, ‘If you’re open, shoot it.’ He’s a great player, a great playmaker. We’re really happy and excited for him. All of his teammates, I give them a ton of credit as they continuously went to him and found him in the second half.”
Lilly Jr. went 6-for-9 from the three-point line and added a pair of rebounds and three assists to his day. Paxson Wojcik and Dan Friday finished with 12 and 11 respectively as the two other Bears in double digits. Jaylan Gainey’s eight rebounds were a game-high, as were Kimo Ferrari’s four assists.
Brown led 28-27 at the half after a slow start saw the Bears down by as many as eight during the first 20 minutes. Six points from Gainey and a three from Wojcik pulled the Bears even with 4:46 remaining in the half and a three from Ferrari put them ahead at the 52 second mark. The Blue Devils added a layup to cut the deficit to one, but that’s where it would stay.
Central Connecticut would score the first eight points of the second half to regain the lead and again found themselves ahead by eight. But Lilly Jr. and the rest of the Brown offense would not be kept quiet.
From the moment the Blue Devils led by eight in the second half, the Bears would outscore them 43-17 the rest of the way, including the aforementioned 32-4 run, spearheaded by 19 second-half points from Lilly Jr.
At one point during the run, Lilly Jr. took three straight shots, all from beyond the arc, and sunk all three. It would have been four straight had it not been for a Perry Cowan three sandwiched in between.
Brown will be back on the court this Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. when it welcomes Johnson & Wales to the Pizzitola Sports Center.