Bears Open Ivy League Season At Home Against Yale
Providence, Rhode Island - While most conferences have a post-season tournament to crown its champion, the Ivy League boasts a 14-game regular season playoff, covering seven weeks, to determine its champion and NCAA Tournament qualifier. The Ivy League season starts on Saturday afternoon, January 14th, when Brown hosts Yale at the Pizzitola Sports Center, starting at 2:00 p.m.
Brown's Probable Starters:
Forward 23 Andrew McCarthy, sophomore (5.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
Forward 25 Peter Sullivan, senior (13.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg)
Forward 33 Tucker Halpern, sophomore (9.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg)
Guard 22 Sean McGonagill, freshman (8.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg)
Guard 31 Garrett Leffelman, senior (10.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg)
11 Adrian Williams, senior, guard (6.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg)
25 Matt Sullivan, sophomore, guard (5.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg)
3 Dockery Walker, freshman, forward (4.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg)
5 Tyler Ponticelli, sophomore, forward (2.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg)
1 Chris Taylor, senior, forward (1.2 ppg, 1.3 rpg)
2 Josh Biber, freshman, forward (0.8 ppg, 0.7 rpg)
The Records: Brown extended its record to 6-7 overall with an 88-55 win over Lyndon State in its final tune-up for the start of the Ivy League season. Yale (7-7) is coming off an 85-57 win over Baruch in its final non-league game of the season.
The Brown vs. Yale Series Record- 146th Meeting: Brown and Yale have met 145 times, dating back to the 1904-1905 season, with the Elis holding a 95-50 series advantage. Brown and Yale split games last year with each team winning on the road. Brown earned a 75-66 win over the Elis in New Haven (1/15/10), while Yale took a 71-63 decision in Providence. (1/22/10).
Walker Named Ivy Rookie of the Week: Forward Dockery Walker '14 was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after he registered his second consecutive double-double with a career high 12 points and 10 rebounds against the Lyndon State. He scored 10 points and pulled down 13 rebounds earlier in the week against American.
Peter Sullivan 13th In All-Time Brown Scoring: Senior All-Ivy forward Peter Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) had a game high 14 points against Lyndon State Saturday evening. He ranks 13th place on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,214 career points. He scored 20 points for the 16th time in his Brown career when he threw in 24 points against Army. Sullivan, who had nine points and six rebounds vs. Central Connecticut, has made more free throws (71), than any other Ivy player has attempted. Sullivan leads the Bears in scoring (13.8 ppg.) and rebounding (6.0 rpg), seventh best in the Ivy League. He registered a game high 21 points against Maine, connecting on 13 of 13 free throws. He also scored 20 points with a career four steals and a team high eight rebounds against New Hampshire. Sullivan came through in a big way against Sacred Heart, scoring 26 points on 6 of 8 shooting from the field, handing out five assists and grabbing a game high eight rebounds. Sullivan opened the season by scoring 17 points in Brown's win over Fordham, and handed out a career high five assists against Rhode Island. He is the fourth player in Brown basketball history to score 1,000 or more points prior to his senior year. He joins Earl Hunt '03 (2,041), Arnie Berman '72 (1,668) and Jason Forte '05 (1,597) as the only Brown players to have reached the 1,000-point milestone as juniors. He was the only Brown player to start all 31 games last season, setting a new Brown record for games started in a season, while averaging 12.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Sullivan scored 20 or more points six times last season, including a career high 28 points against Holy Cross, connecting on 12 of 12 free throws against the Crusaders.
PETER SULLIVAN'S CAREER STATISTICS
G FG FGA PCT 3FG 3FGA PCT FT FTA PCT PTS AVG REB AVG A
2007-08 29 77 147 .524 39 81 .481 61 75 .813 254 8.8 79 2.7 23
2008-09 28 135 335 .404 48 156 .308 82 113 .726 400 14.3 137 4.9 46
2009-10 31 113 263 .430 38 106 .358 116 151 .768 380 12.3 138 4.5 45
2010-11 13 49 112 .438 9 39 .231 73 93 .785 180 13.8 78 6.0 29
Total 101 374 858 .435 134 353 .356 332 432 .768 1,214 12.0 432 4.3 143
Consecutive Games Played: 101
Consecutive Games Started: 90
Brown's Top 20 All-Time Scorers Peter Sullivan's 20 Point Games
1. 2,041 Earl Hunt (1999-03) 11/26/08 26 vs. Army
2. 1,668 Arnie Berman (1969-72) 11/29/08 20 vs. Eastern Michigan
3. 1,597 Jason Forte (2001-05) 12/29/00 21 vs. Quinnipiac
4. 1,344 Alai Nuualiitia (1999-03) 2/7/08 20 vs. Harvard
5. 1,331 Mike Cingiser (1959-62) 2/27/09 21 vs. Princeton
6. 1,328 Marcus Thompson (1985-89) 3/6/09 21 vs. Dartmouth
7. 1,319 Joe Tebo (1955-58) 11/22/09 20 vs. Maine
8. 1,306 Damon Huffman (2004-08) 12/2/09 28 vs. Holy Cross
9. 1,294 Rick Lloyd (1988-92) 1/11/10 22 vs. Quinnipiac
10. 1,288 Brian Saunders (1974-77) 2/12/10 23 vs. Dartmouth
11. 1,241 Phil Brown (1972-75) 2/13/10 21 vs. Harvard
1,241 Peter Moss (1977-80) 3/5/10 23 vs. Cornell
13. 1,214 Peter Sullivan (2007-present) 11/20/10 26 vs. Sacred Heart
14. 1,190 Chuck Savage (1988-92) 11/27/10 20 vs. New Hampshire
15. 1,165 Mike Waitkus (1982-86) 12/4//10 21 vs. Maine
16. 1,147 Lou Murgo (1951-55) 12/21/10 24 vs. Army
17. 1,134 Matt Mullery (2006-2010)
18. 1,133 Rusty Tyler (1968-1971)
19. 1,100 Mark McAndrew (2004-08)
20. 1,079 Ira James (1979-1982)
Non-League Wins: With one non-league game remaining (vs. Quinnipiac on 1-17-11), head coach Jesse Agel's six non-league victories are the fourth highest (tied) win total for a Brown team since the Ivy League began play in 1954-1955. Brown's 2001-2002 team (9 wins) holds the school record for non-league victories.
Getting An Assist: While the Bears fell short of the school record for assists in a game (33), Brown ran its offense to near perfection, with 26 assists on 29 field goals (.896) vs. Bryant on 12/31/10.
Brown Record Book - Individual 3-Pointers Made
1. 232, Damon Huffman (2004-2008)
2. 215, Brian Lloyd (1992-1996)
3. 201, Rick Lloyd (1988-1992)
4. 165, Mark McAndrew (2004-2008)
5. 158, Earl Hunt (1999-2003)
6. 143, Mike Martin (2000-2004)
7. 141, Patrick Powers (2000-2004)
8. 134, Peter Sullivan (2007 – present)
134, Adrian Williams (2007-present)
10. 129, Chuck Savage (1988-1992)
Brown Record Book: Career Free throws
1. 636, by Arnie Berman (1969-72)
2. 538, by Jason Forte (2001-2005)
3. 499, by Earl Hunt (1999-2003)
4. 375, by Joe Tebo (1955-58)
5. 366, by Ed Tooley (1952-55)
6. 362, by Alai Nuualiitia (1999-2003)
7. 351, by Mike Cingiser (1959-62)
8. 332, by Gerry Alaimo (1955-58)
332, by Peter Sullivan (2007-present)
10. 321, by Lou Murgo (1951-54)
Williams 8th In All-Time Treys: Senior guard Adrian Williams (Atlanta, GA) came off the bench to score a season high 14 points against Bryant, hitting 5 of 8 field goals, including 4 of 7 from behind the three-point arc. His 20 treys lead the Brown team, and he now ranks 8th in all-time three-point field goals at Brown with 134 career treys, tied with teammate Peter Sullivan '11. Williams provided some much needed offense in Brown's win over Sacred Heart, scoring 12 points on 4 of 7 shooting from behind the three-point arc. His stats line against St. Francis was consistent, with two of two shooting from behind the three-point arc, and two of two shooting from the free throw line, in scoring eight points. He provided the same lift against Fordham, hitting 3-of-4 field goals, including 2 of 3 from behind the three-point arc. Williams played in all 31 games a year ago and tossed-in a season high 17 points against Kean, hitting 5 of 7 treys. He also connected on 5-of-7 treys in scoring 15 points against Dartmouth. His 42 treys led last year's team after hitting a team high 58 treys two years ago.
Brothers: Last year, brothers Peter '11 and Matt '13 Sullivan were the first brother duo to start together at Brown since Don '65 and Dave '66 Tarr lettered together for two years, in 1964 and 1965, respectively.
Snowstorm Wreaked Havoc With Bears Practice Schedule: The Bears felt some ill effects from the Nor'easter snowstorm that blanketed the East Coast on 12/26/10. All 11 Brown players returned home for the Holliday's after their 12/21/10 game against Army, scattered throughout the country. Just two Brown players were able to make it back for practice on 12/26, four players were available on 12/27, and coach Jesse Agel had just eight players at practice on 12/28 in preparation for the game. All of Brown's players eventually returned for the game, two players late Tuesday (12/28) evening, and one on game day (12/29) for the Central Connecticut.
Leffelman Scores In Double Figures: Senior guard Garrett Leffelman (Naperville, IL), who has scored in double figures in five of Brown's last six games, registered a career high 22 points against Providence College connecting on 9 of 15 field goals, including 4 of 7 from behind the three point arc. Leffelman was Brown's top scorer against American with 12 points, netted 11 points vs. Bryant and 13 points vs. Lyndon State. He also tossed in 17 points vs. Army. Brown's second leading scorer with 10.7 points per game, Leffelman scored 13 points on 6 of 10 shooting in Brown's win over St. Francis, and added 12 points against New Hampshire. Leffelman tallied eight points and grabbed a team high seven rebounds in Brown's season-opening win over Fordham, and came back with 11 points against Rhode Island. Leffelman came on strong at the end of the 2009-2010 season, starting Brown's last 11 games, and scoring in double figures in seven of those games. He was the Ivy League's second leading marksman, shooting 55-percent from the field, while averaging 12.0 points per game in league contests. He registered a career scoring high on four consecutive weekends late in the season, including a career high 20 points in Brown's last game of the year against Columbia.
Head Coach Jesse Agel: Bears' head Coach Jesse Agel begins his third season at the helm of the Bears' basketball program with a goal of building the basketball program into an annual contender for the Ivy League Championship. Before taking over the reins of the program, the 48-year-old Agel (pronounced A-gull) was an assistant at Brown for two years, helping the Bears register a school-record 19 victories in 2007-2008, while gaining a berth in the post-season College Basketball Invitational. During his 17-year stint at Vermont, Agel was the architect of the Catamount's recent success on the basketball court. A 1984 graduate of Vermont, Agel was the associate head coach at Vermont for eight years under head coach Tom Brennan.
McGonagill Fourth In Ivy Assists: Freshman point guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL), who had 12 points, 8 assists and seven rebounds against Lyndon State, is one of two Brown players to start all 12 games for the Bears, and is averaging more minutes (31.5) than any other Brown player. McGonagill, who is scoring 8.9 points per game for the Bears, ranks fourth in the Ivy League with 4.5 assists per game, including a season high eight assists against Sacred Heart and Lyndon State. He also ranks seventh in the Ivy League in free throw percentage (30 of 36, .833). He scored a career high 18 points against Army, while adding five assists. McGonagill played all 40 minutes against Providence, scoring 12 points and handing out five assists against the Friars. He played a major role in Brown's win over St. Francis with 11 points, six rebounds and four assists. He was named the Ivy Rookie of the Week for his performance against URI and Sacred Heart. He scored a team high 11 points, handed four assists and grabbed five rebounds against URI, and then scored 9 points, handed out a career high eight assists against Sacred Heart. He's shooting 56-percent from the field, including 54-percent from behind three-point range. He was impressive in his collegiate debut against Fordham, scoring nine points, handing out six assists, pulling down five rebounds, with no turnovers in 33 minutes of play in a starting role. He also connected on 3 of 5 treys against the Rams.
Bears 26th Nationally In Free Throws: In the latest NCAA Division I rankings, Brown is 26th nationally in free throw percentage. The Bears have connected on 199 of 266 free throws (.748), including 17 of 17 against Maine.
Long Wait Ends For Ponticelli: When sophomore forward Tyler Ponticelli (Northbrook, IL) arrived at Brown in the fall of 2009, he never imagined that we would be unable to play for the entire season due to injury. He made the most of his first collegiate opportunity against Fordham by scoring four points, on 2 of 2 shooting from the field, grabbing three offensive rebounds, and blocking a shot in 16 minutes of play. Ponticelli pulled down a career high seven rebounds, while adding six points, against Lyndon State. He scored a career-high nine points against Sacred Heart, connecting on 2 of 2 field goals and 5 of 6 free throws. He pulled down four rebounds against Rhode Island, and a career best five rebounds against New Hampshire.
Halpern Steps Up To Help Offense: Sophomore forward Tucker Halpern (Brookline, MA) scored 15 of Brown's first 20 points against Bryant as the Bears built a 20-11 advantage. In a complete performance, Halpern finished the game with a season high 23 points on 9 of 16 shooting from the field, including five treys, while pulling down six rebounds against the Bulldogs. He ranks third on the Brown team in both scoring (9.7 ppg) and rebounding (4.2 rpg). He registered his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in Brown's win over Maine. He also had nine rebounds against Lyndon State. Halpern led the Bears with 15 points against St. Francis (NY), and came back with 15 points and five rebounds against UNH. He scored 14 points in Brown's win over Sacred Heart, hitting 5 of 10 field goals, and tossed in 10 points, while pulling down four rebounds against URI. Halpern finished the Fordham game with 10 second-half points, while handing out a career best six assists. Halpern started 10 of 29 games last year, and was Brown's third leading scorer with 8.1 points per game, while pulling down 3.5 rebounds per game. He scored in double figures nine times, and exploded for a career high 26 points against Quinnipiac where he connected on 6-of-13 treys. A two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week, Halpern's 23 steals led the Bears, while he handed out 66 assists, second on the Brown team. His six treys vs. Quinnipiac rank eighth in the Brown record book for a single game.
McCarthy Grabs Career Best 13 Rebounds: Sophomore forward Andrew McCarthy (Sudbury, MA) stepped up in a big way against Bryant by pulling down a career high 13 rebounds, while scoring eight points on 4 of 5 shooting from the field. He came back with nine points against American on 4 of 5 shooting from the field. He pulled down 9 rebounds vs. Lyndon State, and his 4.5 rebounds per game ranks second on the Brown team. McCarthy has provided an inside presence for the Bears, grabbing a team high seven rebounds, scoring eight points and blocking two shots against St. Francis. McCarthy was solid against Fordham, scoring 11 points on 5 of 8 shooting from the field, while pulling down four rebounds. He added eight points against Rhode Island, and pulled down six rebounds, while scoring four points in Brown's win over Maine. Last year, his 6.7 points per game ranked fifth, while his 4.7 rebounds a game ranked second. He blocked 33 shots, seventh best in Brown basketball history and the most ever for a first year player. McCarthy was twice named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week. He scored in double figures eight times, including a career high 18 points against Siena, and grabbed double figure rebounds twice, pulling down a career best 12 rebounds against Army.
Bears On The Air: Brown's entire schedule is being broadcast on WPRV-AM 790 with Scott Cordischi, the host of the popular Scott Cordischi on Sports, calling all the action. Former Brown basketball star Russ Tyler '71 (1,133 career points) provides the color analysis.
Matt Sullivan Fifth In Overall Scoring: Sophomore guard Matt Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) netted 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting from the field vs. Lyndon State. He scored 12 points in the Bears' win over Bryant after being Brown's lone double figure scorer against Central Connecticut with 10 points. Sullivan tossed in 19 points and hit five treys, both career highs, against Hartford, while connecting on 7 of 8 shots from the field, including 5 of 6 shooting from behind the three-point arc. Sullivan had a major impact as a first-year player last season, starting 29 of 31 games. A natural two-guard for the Bears, he transitioned into Brown's starting point guard a year ago. He will return to the shooting-guard position this year. He scored in double figures six times, netting a season high 12 points against Providence and Bryant. Named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for his play against Siena and Bryant, Sullivan's 65 assists ranked third on the Brown team, handing out a career best seven assists against Philadelphia Sciences. He was also an 80-percent free throw shooter (37 of 46) for the Bears.
Walker Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week: Freshman forward Dockery Walker (Dover, DE) was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week after making a quantum leap with his play by recording back-to-back double-doubles in games against American and Lyndon State. He registered his first career double-double on the road against American, scoring 10 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, both career highs. Walker came back with a career best 12 points and 10 rebounds against Lyndon State. His 4.2 rebounds per game rank third on the Brown team. Walker is also a two-time StatSheet Ivy League Freshman of the Week. He scored eight points and pulled down six rebounds against Central Connecticut, and came back against Bryant with six points and three rebounds. Walker saw some significant playing time against Providence, and responded with eight points and three rebounds against the Friars. He netted two points and grabbed four rebounds against Rhode Island and saw action against Maine. Walker comes to Brown from Westtown (PA) High School, where he scored 11 points and grabbed 9.0 rebounds a game as a senior.
Taylor Sees Playing Time: Senior forward Chris Taylor (Plymouth, MN), who earned a starting role against Central Connecticut, handed out a career high four assists against Army, while playing a season high 24 minutes against the Cadets. He scored a career best six points and grabbed four rebounds in Brown's win over Maine. Taylor played in 29 games, a year ago, earning five starts, and brings a wealth of experience to the Bears frontcourt. He pulled down a career high seven rebounds in last year's game against Providence.
Brown Basketball Interactive Magazine: Brown Athletics launched a bold initiative to present its athletic teams in a modern, interactive mode with the release of the Men's Basketball Interactive Magazine, which is available for view on Brownbears.com. The Brown basketball interactive magazine can be viewed by going to the men's basketball team page on brownbears.com, and clicking on the Interactive Magazine link under Team Information. Here's link to the basketball magazine: http://www.pursuantmedia.com/brownathletics/basketball/men/1110/default.asp
Bear Facts: The 58 rebounds grabbed by Brown against Lyndon State were the most since December 4, 1999, when Brown pulled down 61 rebounds against New Hampshire…Freshman guard/forward Josh Biber (Lorain, OH) saw 16 minutes of action against Providence College and came through with three points and two rebounds against the Friars. Biber played at IMG Academy last year, and averaged 19.2 points and 10.5 rebounds per game as a senior at Southview High School… Sophomore guard Stephen Albrecht (Crown Point, IN), a transfer from Toledo, averaged 11.2 points per game for the Rockets and scored 20 points vs. Michigan State and Cornell. Albrecht will sit out the 2010-11 season and will be eligible in 2011-2012…Freshman guard Hakeem Harris, who was unavailable to the Bears due to injury, has left the Brown team.
Next Game: Brown hosts Quinnipiac on Monday, January 17 in its final non-league game of the season. The matinee tip-off on the Martin Luther King Day holiday is 1:00 p.m. at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
Pictured: Adrian Williams '11. photo by dspics.com