Providence, RI - Brown (5-10) will look to get back on the winning track with its first ever match-up against the Longwood Lancers (5-11) on Wednesday, January 11 at the Pizzitola Sports Center, with tip-off at 7:00 pm. The Bears last played on January 2, dropping a 70-61 decision to American, despite getting 16-points and 8 rebounds from forward Andrew McCarthy '13. Longwood, a Division I independent located in Farmville, Virginia, is coming off an 85-70 home win over NJIT on January 7.
Did You Know?: The Bears have played just three games in the last 32 days due to finals and the Holiday season. Since its 12/10 win over Central Connecticut, Brown has played Maine (12/23), St. Francis (12/29) and American (1/2)…Sophomore guard Sean McGonagil, Brown's leading scorer with 13.5 points per game ranks 32nd nationally in assists with 5.7 per game. He was recently named a team captain of the Bears…Junior forward Andrew McCarthy's 7.0 rebounds per game rank fourth in the Ivy League, while his 1.1 blocks per game are fifth in the league… Junior guard Stephen Albrecht scored all of his 13 points in the second half vs. American. His 31 treys lead the Brown team…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…The 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… Freshman guard Joe Sharkey (Norwood, MA) will miss the entire season after having surgery.
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 (13.5 ppg.), eighth best in the Ivy League, and assists (85), 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 15 games. He scored 12 points 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.
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.
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.
Brown's 1986 Ivy Champs To Be Honored: Brown's 1986 Ivy League Championship and NCAA Tournament team will be honored at halftime of the Bears' Saturday, February 4th game against Penn. A pre-game reception for parents alumni and will be held at 4:30 p.m., with tip-off at 6:00 p.m.
Albrecht Top Three-Point Shooter: Junior Steven Albrecht (Crown Point, IN), a transfer from Toledo, is Brown's third leading scorer (9.8 ppg) and leads the Bears with 31 treys (31 of 83). He scored all of his 13 points in the second half against American. 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.
McCarthy Strong Inside: Junior forward Andrew McCarthy (Sudbury, MA) has turned into one of the top big men in the Ivy League, averaging 7.0 rebounds per game, fourth best in the Ivy League, while scoring 9.9 points per game. McCarthy is an outstanding shot blocker, swatting-away 79 career shots, fifth best in Brown basketball history. He scored 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds in Brown's last outing vs. American. 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. 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. 79, Andrew McCarthy (2009- present)
- 6. 77, Anthony Katsaros (1984-1988)
Matt Sullivan Nets 15 Points vs. Maine: Junior co-captain Matt Sullivan (Wilmette, IL), Brown's fourth leading scorer with 8.5 points per game, tossed in a team high 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds against Maine. 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.
What's Up Doc? Sophomore forward Dockery Walker (Dover, DE) Walker has started six games for the Bears, and recently contributed with 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) tossed in 14 points vs. American by connecting on 4 of 7 treys and 5 of 9 field goals overall. He 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.
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.
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.
Bear Facts: Freshman forward Longi Yiljep, who missed the American game due to injury, scored a career high eight points in 20 minutes of play against New Hampshire, and blocked a career best three shots vs. Maine. He is expected to return to the lineup vs. Longwood…Freshman Christian Gore has decided to leave the Brown team…Head coach Jesse Agel added junior guard Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, MA) and junior forward Tellef Lundevall (Highland Park, IL) to the Brown roster on 12/1/11. Lundevall, the second leading wide receiver on the Brown football team with 43 receptions, earned his first career start against American. He scored three points and grabbed five rebounds, both career highs, vs. Maine. He came back with five points vs. St. Francis (NY). Donnelly, who had two points and two rebounds vs. American, is a quarterback for the Brown football team.
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: The Jesse Agel Coach's Radio Show will be broadcast on Wednesday's throughout the season. All the shows will air at 6:00 pm, with the first five shows 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: Brown returns to the hardwood on Saturday, January 14, traveling to New Haven, Connecticut to open its Ivy League schedule against Yale. It's a 14-game playoff for the Ivy title, and all the action starts at 2:00 p.m. at John J. Lee Amphitheater.