Sophomore center Rafael Maia scored a career high 21 points on 10-of-11 shooting to power Brown to a 62-50 Ivy League victory over Dartmouth Friday night at Hanover, N.H.
Maia, whose only miss was a 3-pointer in the first half, scored all of his points in the paint in a dominating performance. He also had four rebounds and three assists for the Bears (8-9, 2-1).
“Our focus and energy was extremely good tonight,” said Brown coach Mike Martin. “Rafael is very hard to guard in the paint. There aren’t many players who can cover him in the post.”
Point guard Sean McGonagill had 12 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds. Senior Matt Sullivan had six rebounds to lead the Bears, who outrebounded the Big Green, 27-23.
Freshman Connor Boehn led the Big Green (4-13, 0-3) with 16 points.
Maia controlled the opening 20 minutes, scoring 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting to help the Bears open a 33-23 lead at intermission.
Brown kept up the pressure in the second half, and led by as many as 19, at 48-29, on a trey by senior Stephen Albrecht with a little more than 12 minutes left.
Dartmouth cut the deficit to 52-42 with five minutes remaining. But a trey by Albrecht and a layup by Maia silenced the Big Green.
Brown faces Harvard Saturday night in Cambridge.
Fairfield 69, Rider 59 — At Bridgeport, Conn., Maurice Barrow came off the bench to score a career-high 25 points and grab 10 rebounds, and the Stags (13-10, 5-6) surged past the Broncs (11-12, 6-5) after the break.
Harvard 67, Yale 54 — Temi Fagbenle scored a career-high 20 points, hitting 9 of 12 from the floor, and collected nine rebounds to send the visiting Crimson (11-6, 2-1) to an Ivy League win over the Bulldogs (6-11, 1-2).
Harvard owned a 40-12 advantage in points in the paint.
Dartmouth 49, Brown 41 — At Providence, Nicola Zimmer and Faziah Steen each contributed 11 points for the Big Green (4-12, 2-1 Ivy), who stormed past the Bears (7-10, 1-2) with a 14-0 run in the second half.
Stanford 86, Oregon 62 — The No. 4 Cardinal (19-2, 7-1) won their 12th straight road game, and Tara VanDerveer became the first coach to win 400 games in Pac-12 play.
California 60, Oregon State 38 — Brittany Boyd had 10 points and 11 rebounds as the No. 6 Golden Bears (18-2, 8-1 Pac-12) pulled away in Corvallis, Ore. Cal led by 13 at halftime then put the game away with a 10-0 run.