Record Day for Jaylan Gainey Helps Tamenang Choh, Seniors Leave Brown Winners

Behind a career performance from Jaylan Gainey, the Brown men’s basketball team earned an 81-74 victory over Columbia on Senior Night at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Gainey posted a career-high 25 points, 12 rebounds, and a program-record eight blocked shots.

“I thought Jaylan was incredible,” head coach Mike Martin said. “Offensively, defensively, on the glass.”

To compliment Gainey, Tamenang Choh had 17 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. Kino Lilly Jr. and Dan Friday were both in double figures as well with 13 and 12 points respectively. Perry Cowan had nine points and five assists.

“We are always happy winning,” Martin said. “Especially on a night when we maybe didn’t have our best as a team. We had some great individual performances. But winning isn’t easy, it’s hard. So, we are always pleased with a win.”

Despite Gainey’s dominating performance, the Bears were never able to truly pull away from Columbia. Brown’s largest lead of the game was 10 points at the 13:59 mark of the second.

There were six lead changes in the game with all six occurring during the first half. Brown’s largest lead of the first 20 minutes was four after a Choh layup at 17:28. After swapping leads multiple times, the Lions took their largest of the opening frame with a jumper at 2:31 to go up by six, but Lilly hit back-to-back threes that closed the gap and eventually led to a 39-39 tie at the break.

Fittingly, Gainey opened the second-half scoring with a dunk just 23 seconds into the frame. From that point on, the Bears never trailed. They went up by 10 after another Lilly three at 13:59, but Columbia fought back to knot things up at 56 with 10 minutes remaining in the game.

Cowan hit a three on the next possession to go back in front for good. Lilly’s fourth and final three of the night put the Bears up 76-68 with 2:35 remaining and the eight-point deficit was just too much for the Lions to overcome. Brown sealed the victory with its final five points coming from the free throw line.

Choh moved into 12th place in program history with 1,309 career points. Lilly’s 13 on the night gave him 377 on the season, good for the third most by a freshman in program history. Gainey’s eight blocks put him at 61 on the season, a new career high, and 123 in his career, bumping him up to third place all-time in the program record book.

The Bears will play their final regular season game of the season next Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at Yale.

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