Obi Okolie Scores 17 Points, But Brown Falls To Princeton, 78-63

Obi Okolie '19
Obi Okolie '19

Providence, R.I. – Princeton's Myles Stephens and Amir Bell combined for 43 points to lead the Tigers to a 78-63 Ivy League win over Brown Saturday evening at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The win keeps the Tigers (13-15, 5-8 Ivy) in the hunt for an Ivy League playoff berth, while Brown (11-15, 4-9 Ivy) was eliminated from Ivy Playoff contention.

 

When the Bears and Tigers met in late January the two teams combined for 202 points in Brown's overtime win over Princeton. Both teams made sure tonight's game would be a defensive battle.

 

Brown certainly had its opportunities, but was unable to overcome poor shooting from its three starting guards, who shot a combined 8-of-36 from the field.

 

The Bears had a decided advantage on the backboards, out-rebounding Princeton, 44-35, including a 15-3 margin on the offensive boards.

 

Junior forward Obi Okolie (Ajax, Ontario) paced the Bears with a season high 17 points, while pulling down a team high nine rebounds. Bears' freshman Desmond Cambridge (Nashville, TN) registered 12 points and six rebounds, while sophomore Joshua Howard (Charlotte, NC) chipped in with 10 points. Freshman Tamenang Choh (Lowell, MA) came in with nine points for the Bears.

 

Stephens posted a double-double for the Tigers with a game high 22 points and 12 rebounds.  Bell added 21 points and seven rebounds, while Devin Cannady scored 16 points after a scoreless first half.

 

Princeton led 20-18 at the 6:48 mark of the opening half and went on a 12-3 run to pull ahead, 32-21, with 1:28 left following a trey by Bell.  A layup by Brown's Howard and two free throws by Okolie cut the Tigers lead to 32-25 at the half.

 

The Tigers extended their seven-point halftime lead to 18 points with a 15-4 run to break the game open, 47-29, on a Canady trey at the 14:17 mark.

 

The closest Brown was able to get down the stretch was nine points, trailing 56-47, following two free throws by sophomore Zach Hunsaker (Orem, UT) with 8:16 left in the game.

 

The Bears close out their regular season tomorrow evening, hosting Penn at the Pizzitola Sports Center, starting at 6:00 pm.