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After winning third straight game, men's basketball prepares for showdown against Harvard

Kalu Anya ’26 named Ivy League Player of the Week

<p>Saturday saw the Bears pull off a dramatic upset against a first-place Cornell squad which entered the game undefeated at home.</p><p>Photo courtesy of JiggShotIt via Brown Athletics</p>

Saturday saw the Bears pull off a dramatic upset against a first-place Cornell squad which entered the game undefeated at home.

Photo courtesy of JiggShotIt via Brown Athletics

Backed by career performances from Kalu Anya ’26 and Kimo Ferrari ’24, the men’s basketball team (9-17, 5-6 Ivy) took a pair of pivotal wins over Columbia (13-11, 4-7 Ivy) and Cornell (20-5, 9-2 Ivy) last weekend. The wins propelled the Bears into a tie for fourth place in the Ivy standings as they make a late-season playoff push.

Friday night’s contest in New York was defined by a discrepancy in effectiveness from three-point range. The Bears shot at an 11-for-27 clip from beyond the arc, while limiting the Lions to 3-for-19.

Ferrari was responsible for six of Bruno’s 11 triples, finishing with a career-high 18 points, while regular top-scorers Kino Lilly Jr. ’25 and Nana Owusu-Anane ’24 finished with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Anya, twenty-four hours before an even more impressive performance, delivered 13 rebounds and a career-high seven assists.

“It just so happened the best response to their defense was the wing and corner three that they gave up,” Ferrari wrote in an email to The Herald. “Kalu, Nana, and (Malachi Ndur ’24) did a great job of delivering the ball and I was just happy the three was going in on Friday.”


The score kept close until the end, knotted at 64-64 with 1:42 remaining on the clock. That’s when Aaron Cooley ’25 came up clutch, following a pair of successful free throws with a deciding block to give the Bears a two-point victory.

Saturday saw the Bears pull off a dramatic upset against a first-place Cornell squad which entered the game undefeated at home.

Out of the gate, Anya made his presence known, recording two rebounds and a layup within the first seventy-five seconds of play. By the final buzzer, he had racked up 23 points and 17 rebounds — both career highs. 

Anya was named Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts over the weekend. 

“Coming into this game, I just wanted to be ultra-aggressive all around the court, both offensively and defensively,” Anya wrote. “Seeing the ball go in early definitely felt good, and I just kept my foot on the pedal for the rest of the game.”

Owusu-Anane recorded a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Ferrari once again showed up with 13 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals.

Cornell only led once late in the first half, and the Bears pulled ahead by as much as fifteen points late in the second half. Though Cornell attempted a late-game comeback, the Bears hung on to win 78-74.

“This was a very important statement win for Brown basketball,” Anya wrote. “Our team knows what we are capable of, and for us to execute and come out with a win against a great team in Cornell was huge for us.”

“We were very excited to come away from Saturday with a sweep on the weekend,” Ferrari wrote. “Cornell has a really good team, but I also think we have a really good team and we were able to prove it on Saturday.”

The Bears — who sported a 2-6 conference record on Feb. 16 — now ride the momentum of a three-game winning streak as they head into their biggest match-up of the season: a Friday night showdown at the Pizzitola Sports Center against the Harvard team they’re tied with for a playoff spot. With only three games remaining in the regular season, the contest could very well decide which squad advances to the four-team Ivy Madness tournament taking place March 16-17 in New York.


Anya said the key to finding successful results this weekend is successful preparation.

“We have to ‘win’ in the film room, ‘win’ in the weight room, ‘win’ in practice and ultimately ‘win’ on the court,” Anya wrote. “Nothing matters more than the other, and it has allowed us to max out in all facets of the game of basketball.”

“I’m real excited about Friday night at the Pizz,” he continued. “The environment is going to be electric, and it all starts with ‘winning’ day by day leading up to the game.”

Friday night’s duel will begin at 7 p.m, while Saturday night’s Senior Day home finale against Dartmouth will begin at 6 p.m. Both games will be televised on ESPN+.

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Linus Lawrence

Linus is a sports editor from New York City. He is a junior concentrating in English, and when he's out of The Herald office you can find him rooting for the Mets, watching Star Wars or listening to The Beach Boys.

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