In the 153rd showdown between the two schools, Bruno came away with its first victory since the 2001-02 season.
The Bears’ NCAA Tournament run unfortunately came to an end after a 3-2 overtime loss to St. Mary’s College last night.
The Bears will face No. 8 Saint Mary’s (Calif.) in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament at home tomorrow at 5 p.m..
The squad is coming off a 1-0 upset victory over St. John’s in the second round of the tournament, with the lone goal coming from Dylan Remick ’13. In the opening round against Fairfield, the Bears battled back from a 2-0 deficit, striking three times in the last 16 minutes to clinch the win.
The squad was named Ivy League co-Champions alongside Dartmouth after finishing 10-4-3 overall and earning a 4-1-2 record in league play. While the Big Green clinched an automatic bid into the tournament, Bruno was forced to await the results of the NCAA selection show to learn that it had earned an at-large bid.
Bruno faced a similar scenario last season when it earned an at-large bid and went on defeat No. 25 Boston College and No. 9 University of Connecticut before falling to No. 6 UC Berkeley in the Sweet 16.
The men’s basketball team’s greatest scorers may be confined to the sideline, as Brown boasts the fourth-highest scoring coaching staff in the country. A recent survey ranked the top 2011-12 coaching staffs by their scoring as Division 1 players, and the University of Tennessee led all programs with 5,381 points. Auburn is a distant second with 4,373 points, and Valparaiso rounds out the top three with 4,146.
Brown ranks fourth with 3,915 points. The Bears’ staff, under the tutelage of Head Coach Jesse Agel (pictured above), features former Vermont standout T.J. Sorrentine, who led the Catamounts to an opening round upset victory over Syracuse in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. Agel and Sorrentine are joined this season by newcomers Ryan Schneider, who scored over 1,000 points at Marist, and Kenyon Spears, a 2001 graduate of Lamar.
Not often does Brown comes out ahead of Kansas or Duke when it comes to basketball, but the Jayhawks rank fifth with 3,834 points and the Blue Devils follow with 3,805.
Bruno will face off against Fairfield Univeristy (12-4-1) Thursday, with the winner advancing to take on St. John’s University.
The Bears were crowned Ivy League co-champions alongside Dartmouth Saturday after battling the Big Green to a 0-0 draw. Bruno recorded an overall record of 10-4-3, finishing 4-1-2 in Ivy League play and going undefeated in its final eight games. But since Dartmouth defeated third-place Columbia and Brown lost to the Lions, the Big Green captured the automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.
Bruno earned an at-large bid into the tournament last season, and went on to defeat No. 25 Boston College and No. 9 University of Connecticut before losing in the Sweet 16 to No. 6 University of California at Berkeley.