New Britain, Conn. – Brown senior guard Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD) scored a season high 21 points, hitting 11-of-12 free throws, to lead the Bears to their fourth straight victory, 75-58, over Central Connecticut Saturday afternoon at Detrick Gymnasium.
The win lifts Brown to a 5-4 overall record, while Central Connecticut falls to 2-4 overall.
Blackmon turned in a complete performance in scoring 21 points, connecting on 4-of-5 field goals, including 2-of-2 from beyond the three-point arc, while adding four assists.
“We did a better job defending on the ball and protecting the paint in the second half,” said Brown head coach Mike Martin. “We’re winning games now but have to continue to get better.”
Senior forward Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX) and freshman guard Brandon Anderson (Mahwah, NJ) each scored 14 points for the Bears, with Spieth grabbing six rebounds. Sophomore Obi Okolie’s (Ajax, Ontario) chipped in with nine points.
With 14 points against the Blue Devils, Spieth moved into 25th place on Brown’s all-time scoring list, now with 1,014 career points, moving past Woody Grimshaw, who scored 1,009 points from 1944-47, and Brian Lloyd, who tallied 1,009 career points from 1992-96.
Overall, the Bears shot a torrid 90-percent from the free throw line, connecting on 19-of-21 shots from the charity stripe. Central Connecticut got to the line 15 times, hitting eight free throws.
Austen Nehls paced the Blue Devils with 18 points, while Khale Cumberlander added 13 points.
A sea-saw opening half had the Bears leading by five points in the early going, 15-10, at the 12:34 mark, following a layup by sophomore Travis Fuller (Encinitas, CA).
Brown led by seven points, 30-23, on an Anderson trey with 3:01 remaining, but an 8-1 Central Connecticut run tied the score, 31-31. Okolie’s trey with five seconds left in the half put Brown up by a 37-34 margin at intermission.
The Bears opened the half with a 10-4 run in the opening three minutes to build a 47-38 lead on another Okolie trey.
With the score in favor of the Bears, 56-49, at the 11:17 mark, both teams went into a three-minute scoring drought, but sophomore Chris Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) answered by nailing a trey for Brown for a 59-49 lead.
Spieth’s two free throws put Brown up, 61-49, and Anderson connected on two free throws for a 63-49 Brown advantage with 4:53 left.
The Bears held the Blue Devils to just four points over an eight-minute span to take control of the game.
Brown heads downtown on Tuesday, December 6 to battle the Providence College Friars. Tip-off is 7:00 pm at the Dunkin Donuts Center.