Providence, Rhode Island - Brown (5-9) will ring in the New Year with a matinee (1:00 p.m.) holiday match-up against American (8-6) on Monday, January 2 at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Bears are coming off a 66-49 loss to St. Francis (NY) last Thursday, with sophomore guard Sean McGonagill scoring 19 points to lead the Bears. American dropped a 49-42 decision to Mount St. Mary's on December 29, despite getting a team high 15 points by senior Troy Brewer.
The Brown vs. American Series Record: Brown and American have met seven times, dating back to the 1970-1971 season, with the Bears holding a 4-3 series advantage over the Eagles. American has won the last three games, including a 77-67 decision on 1/3/2011 in Washington, DC. Brown earned a 68-55 victory over the Eagles four years ago, defeating American on 1/4/08 in Providence.
61 Second Half Points: The 61 points scored by the Bears in the second half vs. Central Connecticut (90-80, W) are the most points scored in a half since the Bears netted 60 points in the second half of a 95-83 win over Navy on January 5, 2002.
Afternoon Match-Ups: Monday's game against American is the eighth of 10 games Brown is playing in the afternoon (4pm or earlier) this season.
Bear Facts: Junior forward Andrew McCarthy's 6.9 rebounds per game rank fourth in the Ivy League, while his 1.0 blocks per game are fifth in the league…Sophomore Sean McGonagil was recently named a team captain of the Bears… Against St. Francis, Brown's bench scored more points (25-24) and grabbed more rebounds (23-7) than its starters…Freshman forward Longi Yiljep scored a career high eight points in 20 minutes of play against New Hampshire, and blocked a career best three shots vs. Maine…Junior forward Tellef Lundevall scored three points and grabbed five rebounds, both career highs, vs. Maine. He came back with five points vs. St. Francis (NY)…Freshman Christian Gore has decided to leave the Brown team…Bears are scheduled to play 31 games in 2011-2012, tying the school record for games played…Brown is playing its 106 season of intercollegiate basketball.
McGonagill Nets 27 Points vs. CCSU: Sophomore Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL), the 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, netted 25 of his team high 27 points in the second half against Central Connecticut, while handing out a career high 11 assists and grabbing seven rebounds. McGonagill, who had a game high 19 points vs. St. Francis on Thursday, leads the Bears in scoring (13.9 ppg.), eighth best in the Ivy League, and assists (79), third in the Ivy League. He scored 19 points and handed out five assists against the Rhode Island, and was solid against Iowa with nine points, eight rebounds and six assists. McGonagill tossed in 18 points and handed out eight assists in the Bears win over Monmouth. He netted 16 points and pulled down six rebounds in Brown's victory over Hartford, and registered a double-double in Brown's season opener vs. Johnson & Wales, scoring 20 points and handing out 10 assists. McGonagill came back vs. Albany with 17 points, seven assists and five rebounds. He was Brown's top Ivy League scorer in 2011, averaging 14.6 points per game, fourth best in the Ivy League. The fourth Brown player to earn Ivy Rookie of the Year honors, McGonagill set a Brown freshman record with 147 assists, third best in the Brown record book. The game that set McGonagill apart from the rest of the league was his 39-point performance in a win over Columbia, where he tied the Pizzitola Sports Center and Brown freshman scoring record with 39 points against the Lions. His phenomenal performance against the Lions took place less than 48-hours after a facial injury in practice that required 20 stitches from a plastic surgeon, major dental work and necessitated a protective mask to be worn. His 39 points rank 6th all-time at Brown, and are the most points scored by an Ivy League player in eight years (2003). McGonagill also connected on 15 of 19 field goals against Columbia, shattering the Pizzitola record for field goals in a game, seventh best in the Brown record book.
Ponticelli Steps Up: Junior forward Tyler Ponticelli (Northbrook, IL) has turned into a fixture in the Bears' starting lineup, starting all 14 games. He scored 12 points last week vs. Maine, connecting on 5 of 8 field goals. A strong passer, his 39 assists rank second best on the Brown team, while his 3.4 rebounds per game rank fourth. He had six points, three rebounds and three assists against Iowa. Ponticelli scored just four points vs. Monmouth, but he distributed a career high seven assists and grabbed five rebounds. He scored 10 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and handed out six assists against Manhattan in the NIT Season Tip-Off. Ponticelli stepped up his game in the Bears' season opener against Johnson & Wales with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, all career highs.
Halpern Out For Season: Junior All-Ivy forward Tucker Halpern (Brookline, MA) will be out for the remainder of the season due to illness. Halpern did not play in any games for the Bears in 2011-2012, and missed most of the pre-season. Halpern averaged 12.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Bears a year ago. Halpern ranked sixth in the Ivy League in scoring with 14.3 ppg in league games.
Head Coach Jesse Agel: Bears' head Coach Jesse Agel begins his fourth season at the helm of the basketball program with a goal of building the Brown 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.
Albrecht Top Three-Point Shooter: Junior Steven Albrecht (Crown Point, IN), a transfer from Toledo, is Brown's second leading scorer (9.5 ppg) and leads the Bears with 28 treys (28 of 75). He missed last week's game vs. Maine due to injury but returned to action on a limited basis against St. Francis. Albrecht turned in a 17-point performance against Central Connecticut, connecting on 4 of 6 treys, while grabbing a career high seven rebounds. He netted a career best 23 points vs. Sacred Heart, while connecting on six treys, 10th best in Brown basketball history. He had a break-out game in a starting role vs. Monmouth, scoring a then career high 22 points on 8 of 13 shooting from the field, including 4 of 8 shooting from behind the three-point arc. Albrecht had a big game in Brown's win over Rhode Island with 17 points, connecting on 5 of 10 treys. He earned his first start vs. Hartford, scoring eight points and grabbing five rebounds. Albrecht started 11 of 12 games for Toledo, while averaging 11.2 points and 2.6 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. While with the Rockets, Albrecht scored 20 points against Michigan State and Cornell, and 19 points vs. Cincinnati, and netted 15 or more points five times.
What's Up Doc? Sophomore forward Dockery Walker (Dover, DE) has returned to the lineup against Maine and St. Francis after missing back-to-back games due to illness (Providence and New Hampshire). Walker, who has started six games for the Bears, contributed six points and three rebounds vs. Maine, and pulled down seven rebounds against St. Francis. He came up with a strong performance against Manhattan in the NIT Season Tip-Off at the Syracuse Carrier Dome, registering a double-double against the Jaspers, with 12 points on 6 of 7 shooting from the field, while grabbing 10 rebounds. Walker came up with a career best three steals vs. Rhode Island, while scoring six points and pulling down four rebounds. He opened the season with six points and four rebounds vs. Johnson & Wales. Last year, Walker had three double-doubles. He scored 10 points and pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds against American. He also had double-doubles against Lyndon State (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Columbia (13 points, 12 rebounds), where he connected on all six of his field goal attempts.
Harris Provides Offense/Defense: The only senior on the Brown squad, Jean Harris (Los Angeles, CA) netted a season high 17 points against Central Connecticut, connecting on 6 of 8 field goals, including 4 of 5 from behind the three-point arc. Harris, who has started three games, earned a start in Brown's opener vs. Johnson & Wales and responded with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. He netted six points vs. Iowa on 2 of 3 shooting from behind the three-point arc. A strong defensive player, he scored eight points vs. Albany in the NIT Season Tip-Off. He netted nine points and played solid defense against George Mason. In Brown's 2009 season opening game, Harris scored 18 points against St. Francis (NY) on 7 of 7 shooting from the field.
McCarthy Strong Inside: Junior forward Andrew McCarthy (Sudbury, MA) has turned into one of the top big men in the Ivy League, averaging 6.9 rebounds per game, fourth best in the Ivy League, while scoring 9.4 points per game. McCarthy tossed in 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds vs. Maine, and netted 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Brown's win over Central Connecticut. McCarthy had a 14-point, 12-rebound performance vs. New Hampshire. He was the top big man on the floor against Iowa, scoring a game high 17 points and grabbing seven rebounds, and came back with 12 points and seven rebounds vs. Providence. McCarthy came through in a big way vs. Rhode Island, registering a double-double with 12 points on 6 of 9 shooting from the field, and 13 rebounds against the Rams. He made the difference in Brown's win over Hartford with 13 points and a career high 14 rebounds against the Hawks. He also scored 13 points in Brown's win over Monmouth, and pulled down a team high six rebounds against Sacred Heart. McCarthy is an outstanding shot blocker, swatting-away 77 career shots, fifth best in Brown basketball history. He averaged 6.7 points and 4.2 rebounds a game last season, but saved the best for last, exploding for a career high 21 points against Columbia, while pulling down 10 rebounds in Brown's final game of the season. He's comfortable around the basket and shot 56-percent from the field.
Brown Career Blocked Shots
- 1. 163, Matt Mullery (2006-2010)
- 2. 119, Alai Nuualiitia (1999-2003)
- 3. 93, Stark Langs (1981-1985)
- 4. 89, Jamie Kilburn (2000-2004)
- 5. 77, Anthony Katsaros (1984-1988)
77, Andrew McCarthy (2009-2011)
- 6. 65, Kirk Lowry (1988-1992)
- 7. 64, Jim Turner (1982-1986)
Matt Sullivan Nets 15 Points vs. Maine: Junior co-captain Matt Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) scored a team high 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds against Maine. He ranks fourth on the Brown team with 8.7 points per game. Sullivan tossed in 19 of his career high 26 points in the second half vs. Albany in the NIT Season Tip-Off at the Carrier Dome, connecting on 8 of 18 field goals, including 5 of 9 from behind the three-point arc. He scored 10 points vs. Providence, connecting on two treys. He had 13 points and five rebounds in Brown's win over Monmouth, and netted 10 points vs. Sacred Heart. Sullivan chipped in with 10 points and 5 rebounds against Manhattan in the second game of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Sullivan is a hard-nosed player and team leader, who saw action in 27 of Brown's 28 games in 2010-2011, and has started 35 games in his first two years. Sullivan scored in double figures five times last year, netting a career high 22 points at Princeton on 7 of 11 shooting from the field.
Maia Ineligible: The NCAA has denied eligibility to Bears' freshman forward Rafael Maia (Santa Cruz, Brazil) based on a new NCAA rule that affects him as a graduate of a high school in the Southern Hemisphere. Maia, a Business Economics concentrator at Brown, graduated from high school in December 2009 and enrolled at Maine Central Institute in September 2010. The new rule says that a student –athlete must enroll in a member institution within one year of graduation from high school. A popular pick by several preseason magazines as the Ivy Rookie of the Year, Maia will lose his first year of eligibility.
Donnelly and Lundevall Added To Bears' Roster: Head coach Jesse Agel has added junior guard Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, MA) and junior forward Tellef Lundevall (Highland Park, IL) to the Brown roster on 12/1/11. Donnelly was a 1,000 point scorer, two-year captain, and two-time team MVP at Longmeadow High School. He is a quarterback for the Brown football team. Lundevall, who had five rebounds vs. Maine, and five points vs. St. Francis, was the team captain, All-Conference selection and 3-point state finalist at Highland Park High School. He is a wide receiver for the Brown football team. Both also attended Phillips Exeter Academy.
Brown's Class of 2015: Head coach Jesse Agel welcomed four players to the Brown squad – Christian Gore, Joe Sharkey, Longi Yiljep and Jon Schmidt. Gore is a 6-2 guard from El Paso, TX, who averaged 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game at Franklin High School. Sharkey, the MVP of the 2011 National Prep School Championship, is a 6-2 combo guard from Norwood, MA, who averaged 15 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds per game as a senior at Northfield Mount Hermon. A native of Samari-Zaria, Nigeria, Yiljep averaged 12 points and 5 rebounds a game as a senior at Westtown (PA) High School. Schmidt, a 6-7 forward from Baltimore, MD, scored 1,202 career points and grabbed 1,079 rebounds at Friends School of Baltimore.
High Scoring Hoops Staff: Brown's men's basketball coaching staff ranks fourth among all Division I staffs in scoring with 3,915 career points. Tennessee has the nation's highest scoring coaching staff with 5,381 career points, followed by Auburn (4,373), Valparaiso (4,373), Brown, Kansas (3,805) and Duke (3,804).
Watch Live Video of The Bears On The Internet: Brown basketball fans can watch a live video and audio feed (WPRV - AM 790) of all home games through the America One Network. All 15 home basketball games will be aired through Brown's athletic website http://brownbears.com. Fans wanting to watch Brown events via America One will need a high-speed Internet connection and a current version of Windows Media Player. Games will be sold on an individual basis at $8 per game or $75 for the season. A 30-day pass for $30 allows the viewer to watch all Brown events during a 30-day period.
Bears On The Air: Brown's entire 31-game schedule is being broadcast on WPRV-AM 790 with Scott Cordischi, the voice of Brown basketball and football, calling all the action. Former Brown basketball star Russ Tyler '71 (1,133 career points) provides the color analysis. Brown fans can also listen to the broadcast on brownbears.com.
Brown Basketball Interactive Magazine: Brown Athletics has 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/1111/
Jesse Agel Show Makes Debut: The Jesse Agel Coach's Radio Show will debut on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, starting at 6:00 pm, live from Hope Street Pizza. All 10 Jesse Agel Show's will be aired live on WPRV- AM 790, or can be accessed on Brownbears.com.
Next Game: The Bears will be off until Wednesday, January 11, 2012, hosting Longwood at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m.
Pictured: Dockery Walker '14. photo by T. Sullivan