Ian Brown’s unexpected scoring outburst helped Madison Memorial erase a three-game losing streak Saturday.

Brown scored 15 of his game-high 29 points in the second half as the Spartans defeated Janesville Craig 67-52 in a Big Eight Conference boys basketball game in Madison.

Brown, a 6-foot-5 forward, was averaging 8.5 points per game prior to Saturday. His previous scoring high, 18 points, came in the season opener Nov. 25.

Memorial (15-5, 12-4 Big Eight) out-scored Craig (9-10, 7-8 Big Eight) 38-24 in the second half to pull away. The Spartans bounced back after being held to 32 points in a loss to league-leading Sun Prairie on Thursday.

Craig entered the night riding its first winning streak of the season after back-to-back wins over Janesville Parker and Burlington. Jacob Ngobi scored 16 points—14 in the first half—to lead the Cougars, who return home to face Beloit Memorial on Monday.

Brown, a 6-foot-5 forward, led all players with three 3-pointers. Nick Caropreso added 10 points for the Spartans.


Craig (52)—McCann 3-2-9, Huml 2-0-5, Stried 1-0-3, Bertagnoli 3-1-8, Ngobi 5-6-16, Blomgren 1-0-2, Malmanger 1-0-3, Lynch 1-1-3, Rizzo 1-1-3. Totals: 18-11-52.

Memorial (67)—Pollard 0-1-1, Ellingson 3-0-6, Brown 12-2-29, Grays 2-0-6, Krumbach 1-0-2, Kennedy 0-2-2, Caropreso 3-2-10, Schaefer 1-3-5, Howard 2-0-4, Yu 0-2-2. Totals: 24-12-67.

Craig 28 24—52

Memorial 29 38—67

3-point goals—Craig 5 (McCann, Huml, Stried, Bertagnoli, Malmanger), Memorial 7 (Brown 3, Grays 2, Caropreso 2). Free throws missed—Craig 0, Memorial 3. Total fouls—Craig 16, Memorial 18.

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