Game #8-706: Brown Bears at Pennsylvania QuakersMarch 2, 2012 7:00 pm
By the time I had a chance to write about the game that took place on Friday night, Brown coach Jesse Agel had already lost his job.
Brown certainly came into the Palestra looking overmatched. They were 2-10 in the conference. Their pace earned the coveted "excruciating" designation from Basketball State. Even next to Penn's not-exactly-towering lineup, they looked small. They brought as many coaches as they did bench players (four of each).
However, they were coming off what looked to have been a pretty convincing victory over Columbia the weekend before, so I didn't expect a walkover by any means. Certainly the first half reinforced this expectation, as Brown not only kept things close, they led the Quakers by as many as eight points. It appeared that their plan of attack was to focus on stopping Penn's guards (certainly a logical choice), which led to sophomore forward Fran Dougherty scoring the Quakers' first eight points. The Bears weren't able to keep Zack Rosen and Miles Cartwright down forever, though, and Rosen in particular stepped up at the end of the first half to bring Penn within two.
As I watched the clock tick down and the looks on the Bears' faces turn from hope to resignation, I didn't know that it would, in all likelihood, be Coach Agel's last time coaching Brown in the Palestra. It's possible that I might also have unknowingly seen his replacement, too. Penn assistant Mike Miller is a Brown alum whose name I've seen mentioned in connection with the job, and former Penn head coach Glen Miller, currently at Connecticut, (no relation, as I understand it) is also a Brown alum. Apparently the interim coach is current Brown assistant T.J. Sorrentine.
He's the one standing next to Coach Agel in the photo above. But you may recognize him better from this
. As a fan of the Ivy League, I'd love to see a former MMBOW
across the sideline a couple of times a year.
|at PENNSYLVANIA 54, BROWN 43|
BROWN 8-22 (2-11) -- T. Ponticelli 1-2 0-0 2; J. Harris 6-15 0-0 16; S. McGonagill 2-12 0-0 5; M. Sullivan 2-10 1-2 7; D. Walker 5-11 2-2 12; J. Schmidt 0-0 1-2 1; T. Lundevall 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-50 4-6 43.
PENNSYLVANIA 18-11 (10-2) -- Z. Rosen 9-17 0-0 19; R. Belcore 1-4 0-0 3; M. Cartwright 4-7 2-2 11; F. Dougherty 4-7 0-0 8; S. Rennard 0-3 0-0 0; T. Bernardini 3-6 2-3 10; H. Brooks 1-4 1-1 3; M. Kukoc 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 22-48 5-8 54.
Three-point goals: BRWN 7-24 (J. Harris 4-12; M. Sullivan 2-7; S. McGonagill 1-5), PENN 5-17 (T. Bernardini 2-5; R. Belcore 1-3; Z. Rosen 1-5; M. Cartwright 1-2; S. Rennard 0-2); Rebounds: BRWN 30 (D. Walker 14), PENN 29 (F. Dougherty 8); Assists: BRWN 8 (M. Sullivan 2), PENN 13 (R. Belcore 4); Total Fouls -- BRWN 14, PENN 8; Fouled Out: BRWN-None; PENN-None.
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