Bears Host Penn and Princeton At The Pizzitola Sports Center
Providence, RI - After a weekend road split with Dartmouth and Harvard, the Brown men's basketball team returns to the cozy confines of the Pizzitola Sports Center to host Penn on Friday, February 18, starting at 7:00 p.m., and first place Princeton on Saturday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m. The first 400 fans on Friday will receive Brown megaphones, while on Saturday, the first 400 fans will receive koozies (can holders).
About Brown (9-13, 2-6 Ivy): Sophomore forward Tucker Halpern scored 25 points, just one short of his career high, in Brown's 75-66 win over Dartmouth last Friday. Halpern is Brown's second leading scorer with 12.2 ppg., and is averaging 15.0 ppg in league play…Freshman Sean McGonagill was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second straight week and third time this season after scoring 15 points and grabbing nine rebounds vs. Dartmouth, and netting 18 points and distributing seven assists vs. Harvard. McGonagill's 39 points against Columbia on 2/4/11, matched the Pizzitola Sports Center and Brown Freshman scoring record held by Brown's all-time leading scorer Earl Hunt '03 vs. Harvard on 1/15/00. McGonagill's 15 field goals against the Lions shattered the Pizzitola Sports Center record, previously held by Hunt (12 vs. Army, 1-2-03), and ranks seventh in the Brown record book. He is Brown's top scorer in Ivy games with 15.3 points per game…Senior Adrian Williams' 151 career treys ranks sixth in the Brown record book. Last week Williams scored 15 points vs. Dartmouth and 12 points against Harvard…Senior Garrett Leffelman tossed in 14 points vs. Harvard, connecting on 5 of 9 shots from the field…Freshman Dockery Walker's 5.4 rebounds per game are ninth in the Ivy League and second on the Brown team. He pulled down a career best 13 rebounds against American, and netted a career high 13 points vs. Columbia…Senior Peter Sullivan, Brown's top scorer with 13.1 ppg, has missed Brown's last five games after being injured against Princeton on 1/28/11. He hopes to return this weekend.
About Penn (9-12, 3-4 Ivy): The Quakers, who dropped games to Cornell (82-71 ot) and Columbia (75-62) last week, have lost four straight games, including three in overtime…Junior Zack Rosen is among the top players in the Ivy League and is averaging 14.5 ppg., including a season high 30 points vs. Delaware. Rosen handed out a league best 13 assists against Harvard, and his 7.0 assists per game in Ivy games are number one…Senior Jack Eggleston leads the Ivies in 3-point FG percentage (.491), and is fifth in field goal percentage (.538). His 17.9 points per game in the league rank second overall…Senior Tyler Bernardini is shooting 82-percent from the free throw line to lead the Quakers.
Brown vs. Penn – 118th Meeting: The Bears and Quakers have met 117 times, dating back to 1901-1902, with Penn holding a 96-21 series advantage. Penn earned an 80-78 overtime win over the Bears three weeks ago in Philadelphia. Brown's Adrian Williams connected on six treys in scoring 22 points for the Bears, while Quakers' forward Jack Eggleston tossed in 25 points. The Bears defeated Penn, 80-73, last year in Philadelphia, after a controversial post-buzzer loss to the Quakers at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
About Princeton (19-4, 7-0 Ivy): The Tigers (19-4, 7-0 Ivy) maintained first place in the Ivy standings by a half game with a weekend sweep of Columbia (76-46) and Cornell (57-55)…Sophomore Ian Hummer, the Tigers' top scorer with 14.0 ppg, registered a double-double against Columbia with 25 points and 12 rebounds…Senior Kareem Maddox, an explosive scorer, netted 23 points vs. Cornell last week on 8 of 10 shooting from the field. He scored 31 points vs. Tulsa and 30 points vs. Siena. His 7.2 rebounds per game rank fourth in the Ivy League… The Tigers haven't lost in calendar year 2011 (9-0)…Junior guard Doug Davis ranks second in the Ivy league in three-point field goals made (55). He twice connected on six treys this season, vs. Presbyterian and Monmouth.
Brown vs. Princeton – 119th Meeting: Brown and Princeton have met 118 times, dating back to 1907-1908, with the Tigers holding a 93-25 series advantage. Princeton captured a 78-60 win over the Bears earlier this season, despite a career high 22 points by Brown's Matt Sullivan. Senior Kareem Maddox led the Tigers with 15 points. Brown had won seven of the previous nine meetings, including a 57-54 win over the Tigers on 2/20/10 to complete the road sweep of the two "P" schools for the second time ever.