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Cambridge helps bring Brown University to an impressive victory over San Diego State

SAN DIEGO (AP) – Brown bears met at the home of Travis Fuller outside Encinitas the Friday night and they did what many San Diego visitors do, eat tacos and sit in the jacuzzi.

Less than 24 hours later, the Bears did what few visitors did: take a 30-point lead in the first half and eliminate San Diego State on their own floor.

Desmond Cambridge scored 25 points, including four 3-pointers in a dizzying first-half dam that helped lead the Ivy League team to an impressive 82-61 victory over the Aztecs on Saturday night.

It was a successful first visit to California for most of the Bears, and the team dinner at Fuller's house was a springboard to surprise.

"We had tacos, it was nice," said Cambridge. "We went into the jacuzzi, it was a really nice night."

Fuller said: "Oh, Mexican food was phenomenal. The jacuzzi prepared us. It's our secret recipe. "

It also helped that the Bears had what Cambridge, a sophomore, said was one of his best defensive efforts since he was at Brown.

Bears (9-4) made a total of six three-pointers in a 26-0 run that gave them a 50-20 lead with just one minute before halftime Obi Okolie made the other two triples.

Cambridge made 7 of 11 3-pointers and the Bears made 15 of 28 from behind the arc.

After every 3, he turned and gestured to the bench.

"We went fired. We were really ready to go, "said Cambridge." It was a return home for one of our elders here. They told me before the game, they have a game, because the last game I played pretty good, and they wanted to take advantage of that. My teammates find me. They always find me. They let me shoot, and I fired it. "

Cambridge was coming out of a 30-point performance in a victory at Marist a week earlier.

" This is an important feeling, "he said. "Our gym is not as big as this one. We come here, it's a great stadium, all the lights, so I play like that I feel really good. "

SDSU simply did not have an answer for Brown during the decisive race, after Tamenang Choh made a tray for a advantage of 26-20 Brown, the Aztecs lost three jumpers on their next possession Fuller, who played at La Costa Canyon High, recovered to establish a Cambridge triple.

Brown made 3s on his next four possessions , with Cambridge and Okolie alternating shots from behind the arc, Okolie's second 3 did 41-20, the race continued with nine more points for Brown, with Cambridge hitting 3 and Okolie making a return jumper and a tray.

"It's not exactly what we expected," said Brown's trainer, Mike Martin, adding that the Bears played "as well as we can. I do not think it's a coincidence how we play. I see it in practice every day and I'm excited about what we can continue to be. "

While the Bears were draining 3s, the state of San Diego (7-5) spent more than eight minutes without scoring. After Aguek Arop scored a triple to lead the Aztecs to 24-20 with 8:32 to play before halftime, they did not score again until Arop had a slam dunk with 29 seconds left to make the score 50- 22.

"From the start they got, we could never recover," said coach Brian Dutcher. "They got us out early. I think they were in a 26-point race in the first half. Cambridge was sensational. "

Cambridge fell hard after committing his third foul with 14 minutes remaining and rose to favor his right knee.He left the game but then came back.

Choh had 16 points , Okolie 13 and Joshua Howard 11.

Jalen McDaniels scored 19 and Arop 11 for SDSU, which came from a 90-81 victory against BYU.SDSU's senior defense zone was not a factor Devin Watson scored just four points and Jeremy Hemsley did not score four field goals and two free throws.

Brown beat SDSU 36-32, with 30 defensive boards.

"Brown dictated the game in both "We were interrupted and started early from 3 and kept it running for most of the game." We just could not catch up. "


Brown came out with more energy and enthusiasm, and took a 19-7 lead just six minutes. Howard had three consecutive shots to stimulate that race.

The state of San Diego seemed out of place from the beginning. Not only were the shots missed by the Aztecs, but they allowed the Bears to run out of three and both McDaniels and Matt Mitchell to allow the Bears' players to drive for the stops.


Brown returns home to face Maine on Wednesday night.

The State of San Diego receives Cal State Northridge on Tuesday afternoon.


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