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A mixed weekend for men's basketball

The men's basketball team split two road games, beating St. Francis College, 68-64, on Friday before falling to Virginia Tech, 69-55, on Sunday in the opening game of the Philly Hoop Group Classic.

Friday, the Bears traveled to Brooklyn, N.Y., to take on St. Francis in the season opener for both teams. Four Bears scored in double figures, led by reserve Jean-Herbert Harris '12, who tallied a career-high 18 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the field.

Matt Mullery '10 scored 16 and tied his own school record with six blocked shots en route to setting another Brown-record 121 career blocks, surpassing Alai Nuualiitia's '03 119. Adrian Williams '11 tallied 14 points and Peter Sullivan '11 added 12.

The Terriers scored eight straight points to break open a 17-17 tie midway through the first half, but Brown closed to within 32-30 at halftime on a lay-up by Mullery. St. Francis took a 47-41 lead with 13:07 left, but the Bears battled all the way back, taking the lead for good at 57-55 with 5:44 left on a layup by Matt Sullivan '13, Peter Sullivan's brother, and holding on for a 68-64 win.

But the Bears did not fare as well on Sunday in Blacksburg, Va, falling to Virginia Tech, 69-55. The Bears never led in a tough test against their Atlantic Coast Conference foe.
After the Hokies raced out to a 34-23 halftime lead, lay-ups by Andrew McCarthy '13 cut the deficit to 45-40 with 11:37 left and 51-45 with 8:39 remaining, but the Hokies went on a 12-4 run to close out the game. Brown committed 17 turnovers that Virginia Tech turned into 21 points.

McCarthy led Bruno with 14 points, followed by Mullery with 13 and Matt Sullivan with 11.
Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney led all scorers with 21 points.

The Bears will host intrastate rival University of Rhode Island Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in their opener at the Pizzitola Center. The Philly Classic will continue for Brown with a game at St. John's on Friday before the Bears travel to the Palestra in Philadelphia to take on the University of the Sciences Nov. 27 and Siena Nov. 28.


— Sports Staff Reports
 




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