Penn Holds Off Brown In Bears Ivy League Opener
PHILADELPHIA – The Brown men’s basketball team’s comeback attempt fell just short at Penn Sunday afternoon, as the Bears dropped their Ivy League opener 77-73 to the Quakers.
Brown trailed by 10 at the half, but managed to work the deficit all the way back to two late in the game. The Bears used a 9-2 run, that went from the 2:15 mark of the second half down to just 12 seconds remaining, to cut the Penn lead to 75-73. Paxson Wojcik was fouled on his successful layup attempt and sank the free throw to get Brown within two. Unfortunately for the Bears, that’s where the rally would end.
Brown attempted to trap the Quakers on their ensuing possession, but a Penn player was fouled and hit both free throw attempts. The Bears were able to get off a final shot as time expired, but as they were down four it would have been too little too late even if it had fallen.
Tamenang Choh tied his career-high of 26 points and picked up his first double-double of the season by grabbing 13 rebounds as well. Kino Lilly Jr. had 14 points and a team-high three assists. Nana Owusu-Anane also finished in double figures for the Bears with 10 points. Wojcik had nine points, while Jaylan Gainey had eight, six rebounds, and two blocks.
Gainey scored the first basket of the game, but Penn quickly responded and built a 10-point lead at 18-8 at the 13:46 mark of the first half.
The Quakers would eventually build their lead to 14 with one minute remaining, but four straight points from the Bears to end the half, a pair of free throws by Lilly and a layup by Choh, cut it back down to 10.
Brown opened the second half with some momentum as Choh hit a three on the Bears’ first offensive possession after forcing a turnover on their first defensive possession. Choh cut the deficit to six after a free throw, but Penn immediately pushed it back to 13 with seven straight points.
Throughout the remainder of the game, the Bears cut the deficit to three three times before Wojcik’s free throw would eventually make it two. Penn’s next two free throws would ice the game and snap the Quaker’s six-game losing streak.
With his 26 points tonight, Choh’s career total climbs to 1,111, passing Mark McAndrew ’08 for 24th all-time in program history. He is just 22 points short of 23rd place, currently held by Russ Tyler ’71 with 1,133.
Brown will look for its first Ivy League win of the season this Friday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at Harvard.