Brown Tips-Off 104th Basketball Season vs. St. Francis (NY) on Friday

Providence, Rhode Island - The Brown men’ basketball team will tip-off its 104th season of intercollegiate play season on Friday, November 13, against St. Francis College in Brooklyn New York, with game time slated for 7:00 p.m. Head coach Jesse Agel’s squad will feature mix of strong returning players along with some talented newcomers.

Brown posted a 9-19 record in 2008-2009, coming on strong at the end of the season with wins over Harvard and Dartmouth on the final weekend. St. Francis posted a 10-20 record last season.

Headlining Brown’s offensive attack is first team All-Ivy senior center Matt Mullery, who is a candidate for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award. The 6-8 Mullery, an NABC All-District selection, led the Bears in scoring with 16.1 points per game, fourth best in the Ivy League, and was Brown's top scorer in 15 of 28 games. A prodigious shot blocker, Mullery established a new single-season Brown record for blocked shots with 59, seventh best in Ivy League basketball history. His 115 career blocked shots are second in the Brown record book and 18th best in Ivy League Basketball history. Mullery shot an amazing 61-percent from the field (174 of 287) to lead the Ivy League, while his 2.1 blocked shots per game also led the league.

Also returning to the starting lineup are junior forward Peter Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) and junior guard Adrian Williams (Atlanta, GA). An Honorable mention All-Ivy selection, Sullivan was the Ivy League's fifth leading scorer with 14.3 points per game last year. He scored a career high 26 points against Army and scored in double figures 22 times, including 20 or more points six times. He also pulled down a career high nine rebounds against Rhode Island. The "Iron Man" of the Ivy League, Sullivan's 35.9 minutes per game led the league. Williams averaged 11.0 points per game for the Bears, and played 34.6 minutes per game, third most in the Ivy League, logging 40 or more minutes five times. An excellent long-range shooter, Williams’ 58 treys led the Bears and ranked second in the Ivy League.

Three freshmen look to contribute immediately, with freshman guard Matt Sullivan and freshman forward Andrew McCarthy projected to start, and freshman forward Tucker Halpern seeing significant playing time.

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