Gainey Ties School Record With Seven Blocks, Brown Runs Past Merrimack, 82-55
Brown University Press Release
Providence, R.I. – Brown junior Tamenang Choh (Lowell, MA) scored 17 points and sophomore Jaylan Gainey (Greensboro, NC) matched the school record with seven blocked shots to power the Bears (5-3) to an 82-55 start-to-finish win over Merrimack (5-5) Wednesday evening at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
“That’s about as well as we played all year,” said Brown head coach Mike Martin. “We shared the ball and defended. Merrimack’s swarming zone really gives teams fits. Jaylan was a major factor with his seven blocks. I’m really proud of this group.”
Choh connected on 6-of-9 field goals and 5-of-7 free throws, while grabbing six rebounds and handing out four assists. Bears’ senior Zach Hunsaker (North Salt Lake City, UT) added 13 points and six rebounds.
Senior Brandon Anderson (Mahwah, NJ) ran the show for the Bears, scoring 11 points and matching his career highs in assists (7) and rebounds (7). Junior Matt DeWolf (Barrington, RI) tossed in six points and added seven rebounds.
Gainey provided an imposing presence in the middle, blocking five of his school record seven shots in the opening 20 minutes. He finished with seven points. Freshman Perry Cowan (Chicago, IL) netted a career high eight points, while sophomore Davis Franks (New York, NY) pulled down a career best eight rebounds.
Unaffected in the early going by the Merrimack’s 2-3 zone, Brown led from the outset, outscoring the Warriors, 25-6, to open the game.
When the dust settled, Brown held a 42-22 lead at the half behind Choh’s 11 points and nine points by Anderson.
The offensive onslaught continued in the opening minutes of the second half with the Bears outscoring Merrimack 17-2 to open the half and build a 59-24 after the first media timeout
The Bears return to the hardwood on Saturday, December 7, traveling to Long Island to battle Stony Brook. Tip-off is 7:00 pm at Island Federal Arena.
Bear Facts: Freshman Josh Watts (Beltsville, MD) saw his first significant playing time of the season and scored first career basket, finishing with two points, two steals and two rebounds… Junior EJ Perry (Andover, MA), who set an Ivy League record for total offense in football, connected on a free throw for his first collegiate point.