Young Players Pace Brown Basketball In Win Over Daniel Webster

Brown University Press Release

Providence, R.I. – Brown wrapped-up its non-league schedule with a 69-43 win over Daniel Webster at the Pizzitola Sports Center behind a trio of freshmen with 11 points each – Chris Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) Obi Okolie (Ajax, Ontario) and Travis Fuller (Encinitas, CA) – and senior Cedric Kuakumensah’s (Worcester, MA) 18 rebounds.

The Bears are now 5-9 heading into next Saturday’s Ivy League opener against Yale in New Haven, while Daniel Webster falls to 4-6 after playing their third game in as many days.

“Some days you get good shots and they don’t fall,” said Brown head coach Mike Martin.  “Today was one of those days. Our defense allowed us to stay even in the first half and our shots started to fall in the second half. We did an outstanding job of contesting the three.”

Martin was spot on with the Bears’ defensive effort, with his squad holding Daniel Webster to just 5-percent shooting (1-of-20) from beyond the three-point arc.  Overall, the Bears held the Wildcats to 31-percent shooting (18-of-57) from the field.

Sullivan came up big when the Bears needed offense in the second half, scoring nine of his 11 points after intermission, while connecting on 4-of-7 field goals, including 3-of-6 treys.   Okolie scored his 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field, while grabbing a season high eight rebounds and making four steals.  Fuller added six rebounds to go with his 11 points.

Kuakumensah, the Ivy League’s two-time Defensive Player of the Year, scored just five points for the Bears, but excelled on the defensive end, grabbing 18 rebounds and blocking two shots.

Daniel Webster was paced by Rondell Best, who posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Tevon Smallpiece chipped in with 10 points

The Bears were sluggish in the opening 20 minutes after battling a week of illness running its course through the team.  The Bears shot just 22-percent from the field in the half that ended in a 21-21 tie.

With the score tied, 25-25, early in the second half, Brown needed a spark off the bench and got it from Sullivan, who put the Bears ahead for good with a trey, 28-25, and added another trey in a 9-2 spurt to lift Brown a 34-27 lead with 10:51 left in the game.

Brown opens its Ivy League season and the league’s 14-game playoffs for the league title and an NCAA Tournament bid on Saturday, January 16, traveling to New Haven, Conn., to face pre-season favorite Yale.  Tip-off is 5:00 pm at Payne Whitney Gymnasium.