Final Home Weekend For Four Brown Seniors - Bears Host Harvard and Dartmouth
Providence, Rhode Island – Brown concludes its 2011 home basketball season this weekend, Friday, February 25 against Harvard (7:00 p.m.), and Saturday, February 26 vs. Dartmouth (6:00 p.m.). Four Brown seniors – Garrett Leffelman, Peter Sullivan, Chris Taylor and Adrian Williams – will be playing their final games at the Pizzitola Sports Center, and will be honored in a special Senior Night ceremony prior to Saturday evening's game against the Big Green.
The Records: The Bears (10-14, 3-7 Ivy) split games last weekend, falling to Penn, 70-62, but upsetting first-place Princeton, 75-65. Harvard (20-4, 9-1 Ivy) now holds first place in the Ivy standings by a half game after beating Cornell (73-60) and Columbia (61-42). Dartmouth (5-19, 1-9 Ivy) has dropped seven straight games following losses to Columbia (67-60) and Cornell (96-76).
Sullivan and McGonagill Earn Weekly Ivy Honors: Senior forward Peter Sullivan and freshman guard Sean McGonagill were named the Ivy Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for their play against Penn and Princeton last week. Sullivan scored 16 points vs. Penn, and 26 points in the Bears' win over league leading Princeton, connecting on 16 -16 free throws. McGonagill earned Ivy Rookie honors for the third straight week after scoring 16 points vs. both Penn and Princeton.
Brown Seniors To Be Honored: Four Brown seniors – Garrett Leffelman, Peter Sullivan, Chris Taylor and Adrian Williams – will be honored in ceremonies prior to Saturday's game against Dartmouth. All four have made lasting contributions to the Brown basketball program, and have played in a combined 395 career games, with several records set along the way. The trio began their careers with a CBI appearance and school record 19 victories under coach Craig Robinson and assistant coach Jesse Agel, and have played for head coach Agel the final three years of their careers.
The Brown vs. Harvard Series Record: Brown and Harvard have met 163 times, dating back to the 1900-1901 season, with the Crimson holding an 89-74 series advantage. Harvard has won three straight games over the Bears, including a 85-78 win on 2//12/11 in Boston after trailing by 22 points at the half. The Bears last win over the Crimson came on 3/6/09 when Brown earned a 61-59 win over the Crimson in Providence.
The Brown vs. Dartmouth Series Record: Brown and Dartmouth will be meeting for the 141st time, dating back to 1901-1902, with the Big Green holding a 75-65 series advantage. Brown won its fourth straight game over the Big Green on 2/11/11 in Hanover, earning a 75-66 decision behind Tucker Halpern's 25 points. Dartmouth's last win over Brown came on 2/6/09, a 63-61 overtime win over the Bears in Hanover.
Williams To Set Brown Record For Career Games Played: Senior guard Adrian Williams (Atlanta, GA) has played in 111 games for the Bears, and needs just one more to set a school record for games played in a career. Williams has connected on 37 treys, second on the Brown team, and he now ranks 6th in all-time three-point field goals at Brown with 151 career treys. He turned in a strong performance against Dartmouth with 15 points and four rebounds last week, and came back with 12 points vs. Harvard. Williams scored 20 points in Brown's win over Columbia, connecting on 7 of 11 field goals, including 3 of 7 treys. Williams exploded for 22 points against Penn on 6 of 10 shooting from the field, including 6 of 8 from behind the three-point arc. The six treys are ninth in the Brown record book, and second most in the Ivy League this season. Williams came off the bench to score 14 points against Bryant, hitting 5 of 8 field goals, including 4 of 7 from behind the three-point arc. 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. 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.
Brown Record Book - Career 3-Point FG 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. 151 Adrian Williams (2007-present)
7. 143, Mike Martin (2000-2004)
8. 141, Patrick Powers (2000-2004)
9. 138, Peter Sullivan (2007 – present)
10. 129, Chuck Savage (1988-1992)
Seven Non-League Wins – 3rd Best All-Time: Head Coach Jesse Agel's seven non-league victories are the third highest 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 against Bryant on 12/31/10, with 26 assists on 29 field goals (.896). The 26 assists are the most by any Ivy team this season.
Peter Sullivan Returns – Ivy Player of the Week: Senior All-Ivy forward Peter Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) returned to the lineup last week after being injured against Princeton on 1/28/11, and missing five straight games. Wearing a protective pad on his injured shoulder, he scored 16 points against Penn Friday night, and came back with 26 points on 16 of 16 shooting from the free throw line in Brown's win over first place Princeton to be named the Ivy league Player of the Week. With 42 points last week, Sullivan moved into 9th place on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,299 career points. Prior to being injured, Sullivan had started 94 consecutive games for the Bears and had played in every game in his Brown career, totaling 105 games. Sullivan leads the Bears in scoring (13.9 ppg.) and rebounding (5.5 rpg), eighth best in the Ivy League. His 371 career free throws are fifth all-time at Brown. He registered a game high 21 points against Maine, connecting on 13 of 13 free throws. Sullivan scored 22 points on 12 of 12 shooting from the free throw line against Quinnipiac, and netted 24 points against Army. 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. 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.
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 19 70 169 .414 13 51 .255 112 137 .818 265 13.9 105 5.5 36
Total 107 395 914 .428 138 394 .349 371 476 .776 1,299 12.0 459 4.3 150
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. 1,299 Peter Sullivan (2007-present) 1/11/10 22 vs. Quinnipiac
10. 1,294 Rick Lloyd (1988-92) 2/12/10 23 vs. Dartmouth
11. 1,288 Brian Saunders (1974-77) 2/13/10 21 vs. Harvard
12. 1,241 Phil Brown (1972-75) 3/5/10 23 vs. Cornell
1,241 Peter Moss (1977-80) 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) 1/17/11 22 vs. Quinnipiac
18. 1,133 Rusty Tyler (1968-1971) 2/19/11 26 vs. Princeton
19. 1,100 Mark McAndrew (2004-08)
20. 1,079 Ira James (1979-1982)
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. 371, by Peter Sullivan (2007-present)
7. 366, by Ed Tooley (1952-55)
7. 362, by Alai Nuualiitia (1999-2003)
8. 351, by Mike Cingiser (1959-62)
9. 332, by Gerry Alaimo (1955-58)
10. 321, by Lou Murgo (1951-54)
Leffelman Named CoSIDA Academic All-American: Senior guard Garrett Leffelman (Naperville, IL) was named to the Capital One Academic All-American Team as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Leffelman, who had 11 points last week vs. Princeton, is an Economics and Political Science concentrator with a 3.89 grade point average. He 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. While Leffelman struggled to score against Yale, he turned in a strong defensive performance, limiting Yale's Austin Morgan to just two points, while grabbing seven rebounds. Brown's fourth leading scorer with 9.4 points per game, Leffelman scored 16 points on 6 of 11 shooting from the field in Brown's win over Quinnipiac. He 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. 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.
Hoisting Up Shots: Brown's 75 shot attempts against Lyndon State is tops in the Ivy League this season, while its 69 shots vs. Yale on 1/22/11 are second most in the Ivy League this season. In addition, Brown's 35 three-point field goal attempts vs. Bryant are first among Ivy teams this season, while its 34 three-point attempts ranks second in the league.
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.
McGonagill Named Ivy Rookie of the Week For Fourth Time: Freshman Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL), the Ivy League's third leading scorer in league games (15.4 ppg.) was named the Ivy Rookie of the Week for the third straight week and fourth time this season after scoring 16 points and handing out five assists vs. Penn, and netting 16 points with seven rebounds and five assists vs. Princeton. He registered15 points and nine rebounds vs. Dartmouth, and 18 points and seven assists vs. Harvard two weeks ago in earning Ivy Rookie of the Week honors. McGonagill, the only Brown player to start all 24 games, registered his second career double-double by scoring 12 points and handing out a career high 10 assists against Penn in 44 minutes of play. He registered his first career double-double one week earlier against Yale, scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 rebounds against the Elis. He is scoring 11.6 points per game for the Bears, and ranks fourth in the Ivy League with 5.0 assists per game. McGonagill is averaging more minutes (32.9) than any other Brown player. He turned in a solid performance in his first Ivy League game, scoring 14 points, handing out six assists and grabbing five rebounds against Yale. 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 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.
McGonagill's 39-Point Performance Sets Records: Bears' freshman Sean McGonagill showed tremendous courage in just taking the court before his record-setting 39-point performance against Columbia (2/4/11) and being named Ivy League Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors. To understand the enormity of McGonagill's record-setting performance against the Lions, you have to go back 48-hours to Brown's practice on Wednesday evening. In a scramble for a loose ball, McGonagill collided with two teammates and came away with a severely lacerated front lip that required plastic surgery and 20 stitches, along with some major dental work. He sat out practice on Thursday, while recovering from the trauma, had a plaster cast made of his face, and was presented with a protective mask on Friday that wound have to be worn in order to compete. McGonagill's response was nothing short of phenomenal, tying the Pizzitola Sports Center and Brown freshman scoring record with 39 points in the Bears' win over Columbia, while never leaving the court (40 minutes). McGonagill's 39-points equaled the mark by then Bears' freshman Earl Hunt '03, Brown's all-time leading scorer, on 1/15/00, against Harvard. His 39 points also rank 6th all-time at Brown for a single game, and are the most points scored by an Ivy League player in eight years (2003). McGonagill connected on 15 of 19 field goals against Columbia, shattering the Pizzitola record for field goals in a game, previously held by Hunt (12 vs. Army, 1-2-03), and ranks seventh in the Brown record book.
Brown Record Book – Single Season Assists
1. 155, by Jason Forte (2002-2003)
2. 150, by Mike Waitkus (1983-84)
3. 144, by Mike Waitkus (1985-86)
4. 143, by Mike Waitkus (1984-85)
5. 140, by Mike Waitkus (1982-83)
6. 133, by Eddie Morris (1973-74)
7. 129, by Jason Forte (2003-04)
8. 127, by Dom Taylor (1986-87)
127, by Eddie Morris (1974-75)
10. 121, by Jason Forte (2001-02)
11. 120, by Sean McGonagill (2010-11)
Halpern On A Roll: Sophomore forward Tucker Halpern (Brookline, MA), Brown's second leading scorer with 12.1 points per game, has scored in double figures in nine of Brown's last 11 games. His 4.7 rebounds per game ranks third on the Brown team and 14th in the Ivy League. While Halpern scored just five points in Brown's win over Princeton last week, he delivered by handing out a career high seven assists. Halpern scored 25 points, one shy of his career high, against Dartmouth, connecting on 11 of 12 field goals, while grabbing seven rebounds. Halpern netted 26 points against Cornell, connecting on 8 of 15 field goals, including 5 of 8 treys, and 5 of 5 free throws. On January 17, he exploded for a double-double vs. Quinnipiac with 26 points and 12 rebounds, both career highs, connecting on 10 of 16 field goals. Halpern caught fire in the first half against Yale on 1/15/11 with 11 straight points, finishing the game with a team high 16 points. He 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 23 points against the Bulldogs on 9 of 16 shooting from the field, including five treys, while pulling down six rebounds. Halpern 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.
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.
Matt Sullivan Earns Starting Role: Sophomore guard Matt Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) scored a career high 22 points against Princeton and has earned a starting role in Brown's six of Brown's last seven games. Sullivan connected on 7 of 11 field goals and 7 of 9 free throws in scoring 22 points against Princeton on 1/28/11. He netted 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting from the field vs. Lyndon State. Sullivan scored 12 points in the Bears' win over Bryant after being Brown's lone double figure scorer against Central Connecticut with 10 points. He 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. He scored in double figures six times, netting a season high 12 points against Providence and Bryant. Sullivan's 65 assists ranked third on last tear's 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.
McCarthy Excels Against Princeton: Sophomore forward Andrew McCarthy (Sudbury, MA) stepped up his game in Saturday's win over Princeton, scoring a season high 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting from the field, while grabbing four rebounds. He turned in a solid performance against Yale on 1/15/11 with nine points and seven rebounds. McCarthy 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, and pulled down 9 rebounds vs. Lyndon State. 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. Last year, 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.
Walker Continues To Impress: Freshman forward Dockery Walker (Dover, DE), Brown's second leading rebounder (4.9 per game), has started eight straight games for the Bears. Walker registered his third career double-double with a career high 13 points, on 6 of 6 shooting from the field, and 12 rebounds against Columbia. He came back with 10 points against Cornell, connecting on 5 of 7 field goals. In his first collegiate starts, Walker had eight points and seven rebounds against Princeton, and eight points and 10 rebounds against Penn. Walker scored nine points on 4 of 5 shooting from the field, and pulled down five rebounds against Yale. He came off the bench to spark the Bears against Quinnipiac with 10 points and eight rebounds. Walker 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. 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. 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.
Biber Sees Playing Time: Freshman guard/forward Josh Biber (Lorain, OH) earned playing time in the Brown rotation against Princeton and Penn, scoring four points against each team, while showing some strong athleticism. He grabbed three rebounds against Princeton. Biber 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.
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.
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
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.
Bear Facts: The Bears connected on 25 of 27 free throws in their win over Princeton on 2-19-11…The 58 rebounds grabbed by Brown against Lyndon State are the most in the Ivy League this season, and the most at Brown since December 4, 1999, when Brown pulled down 61 rebounds against New Hampshire. Brown's 53 rebounds vs. Yale on 1/22/11 are second in the Ivy League… 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 Week: Brown concludes its 2010-2011 season on the road, traveling to Ithaca, New York on Friday, March 4 to battle Cornell, and to New York City on Saturday, March 5 to face Columbia. Both games tip-off at 7:00 p.m.