That was the case for the Brown men’s basketball team Friday night. The Bears started slow in both the first and second halves of their game against Cornell. As a result, they lost to the Big Red 69-63.
Just under 10 minutes into the game, Cornell raced out to a 26-10 lead thanks in part to freshman Shonn Miller who scored 9 of his 17 points during that stretch.
The Bears cut the deficit to 11 at the break 42-31. But Cornell extended that lead to 17 just over 3 minutes into the second half at 53-36.
Brown fought back but would get no closer than the 6-point margin they ended up losing by.
“We had a bad start to both halves,” said Brown coach Jesse Agel. “Our bigs weren’t getting the job done which gave them a chance to score 16 second chance points and we turned it over against their press. Once Dockery (Walker) went in there, we settled down and started to get back into it.”
Walker was sensational for the Bears scoring a career-high 23 points to go along with a career-high 17 rebounds. Walker was 10 of 11 shooting from the field.
Not to be outdone was Cornell senior Chris Wroblewski. The guard had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Big Red who has now won 12 straight games against the Bears.
Brown junior Matt Sullivan registered his 8th consecutive game in double figures with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Earlier in the week, Sullivan was named an Academic All-American for his work in the classroom where he carries a 4.0 grade point average at the University.
The loss drops Brown’s record to (7-21) overall and (1-10) in the Ivy League.
The Bears host Columbia Saturday night at 6pm at the Pizzatola Sports Center.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Cornell put four players in double figures, led by senior Chris Wroblewski's third career double-double, and the Big Red held on late to claim a 69-63 victory over Brown on Friday evening at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The win improved the Big Red to 11-14 (6-5 Ivy), while the Bears slipped to 7-21 (1-10 Ivy).
Wroblewski, who was named a third team Capital One Academic All-American earlier in the week, posted 24 points, a career-high 11 rebounds and three assists to lead Cornell. His three assists move him with five of the school's career record. Shonn Miller chipped in 17 points, nine rebounds and two steals, Drew Ferry hit for 14 points and Johnathan Gray scored 12. Eitan Chemerinski was held scoreless, but had six of his seven rebounds on the offensive glass and added three assists. Cornell limited the Bears to 36 percent shooting from the floor and 18 percent from beyond the arc in the victory.
Brown's Dockery Walker was credited with 23 points and 17 rebounds, hitting 10-of-11 shots from the floor in the loss. Matt Sullivan, who like Wroblewski was named a third-team Academic All-American, was the only other Brown player in double figures with 13 points. He also added five rebounds. Brown had 16 offensive boards as the two teams each had 41 rebounds.
Cornel lled by as many as 17 points in the second half before holding on late. Wroblewski hit a dagger 3-pointer with 1:41 left as Brown was making a desperation comeback. Brown went on a 21-10 run after the Big Red went up 53-36 on a Wroblewski jumper three minutes into the second half. Cornell went through an extended offensive drought, going more than six minutes without a field goal and nearly 10 minutes with just one as the home team clawed back. A pair of free throws by Dwight Tarwater all but sealed hte contest with less than a minute to play.
The Big Red went into the break leading 42-31, then came out quickly. Miller scored on a layup, and after blocking a shot on the other end, Gray ended the sequence with a short jumper. Consecutive jumpers by Wroblewski, including a trey, pushed the lead to 17.
Brown scored the first two points of the game and then took a 4-2 lead before the Big Red took over with 12 straight points, including a pair of 3-pointers by Ferry in the span of 15 seconds. Consecutive baskets by Walker got Brown within 14-8, but that lead was nearly as quickly up to 16 as Cornell went on a 12-2 run to make it 26-10 on consecutive baskets by Miller to force a Brown timeout. The lead never dipped below double figures the rest of the half.
Cornell will look for a season sweep of Yale tomorrow at 7 p.m. when the two teams meet in the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Providence, Rhode Island - Brown dropped a 69-63 Ivy League decision to Cornell at the Pizzitola Sports Center Friday evening, despite a getting 23 points and 17 rebounds, both career highs, from sophomore forward Dockery Walker. The loss drops the Bears to 7-21 overall and 1-10 in the Ivy League, while Cornell extends its record to 11-14, 6-5 in Ivy play.
Walker scored a career high 23 points on phenomenal 10 of 11 shooting from the field, and completed the double-double with a career high 17 rebounds. Junior guard Matt Sullivan also scored in double figures for the Bears with 13 points.
Cornell's All-Ivy senior point guard Chris Wroblewski also put together a double-double, with a game high 24 points, while pulling down 11 rebounds. Shonn Miller chipped in with 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Drew Ferry added 14 points behind 4 of 9 shooting from behind the three-point arc.
Trailing 42-31 at intermission, as by as many as 16 points in the second half, 55-39, the Bears made a run at the Big Red and pulled to within six points, 63-57, after a free throw by junior Steve Albrecht with 2:47 left in the game.
The Big Red answered with a trey by Ferry following an offensive rebound by Eitan Chemerski, to extend the Big Red lead to 66-57, with just 1:41 remaining in the game.
Cornell jumped out to an early 14-4 lead after forcing five Brown turnovers in the opening six minutes. The Big Red led by as many as 16 points in the half, 26-10, following a jump shot by Miller with 10:38 left.
Brown was able to cut the Big Red lead to 11 points at the half, 42-31, after two Andrew McCarthy free thrown in the waning moments of the half.
The Bears stayed in the game behind Walker's terrific effort, scoring 14 points on 6 of 7 shooting, and grabbing six rebounds, in the first half alone.
Brown plays it final home game of the season Saturday evening, hosting Columbia at the Pizzitola Sports center, starting at 6:00 p.m.