December 1, 2009

Bears Return Home To Face Holy Cross

Providence, RI - The Brown men’s basketball team returns home to the Pizzitola Sports Center on Wednesday, December 2nd to battle Holy Cross, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Bears, winners of three of their last four games, have posted a 4-4 overall record, while the Crusaders come in at 1-6 for the season.

Playing its third game in four days, Brown dropped a 99-79 loss to Siena in the Philly Hoop Group Classic last Saturday, snapping a three game winning streak. Senior center Matt Mullery scored 23 points to lead the Bears, while freshman Andrew McCarthy scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against the Saints.

Head coach Jesse Agel’s squad is playing one of the toughest schedules in recent years. Brown’s four losses have come to teams with a combined 16-3 record, with losses to two unbeaten teams, URI (4-0) and St. John’s (4-0), along with Virginia Tech (4-1) and Siena (4-2).

Brown is in the midst of playing 11 games in 22 days, rivaling most NBA teams. The Bears opened last Friday (11/13) at St. Francis-NY, played at Virginia Tech on Sunday (11/15), hosted URI on Wednesday (11/18), played at St. John’s (11/20), hosted Maine on Sunday (11/22), played at Bryant (11/25), played in Philadelphia against University of the Sciences (11/27) and Siena (11/28), host Holy Cross (12/2), play at #16 Minnesota (12/5), and at Providence (12/7).

Brown and Holy Cross have met 59 times, dating back to 1900-1901, with the Crusaders holding a 42-17 series lead over the Bears. Last year, Brown earned a 62-57 decision over the Crusaders for head coach Jesse Agel’s first career victory. Holy Cross had won the previous six games in the series, including a 64-41 win on 12/7/05.

Bears’ freshman guard Matt Sullivan was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after averaging 10.5 points per game in three games last week. He registered 12 points against Bryant, 11 points and seven assists against the University of the Sciences, and eight points and six assists against Siena.

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