Brown basketball coach Mike Martin '04 will make his head coaching debut on Sunday, November 11, in Binghamton, NY, when the Brown men's basketball team steps on the hardwood to open its 107th season of intercollegiate basketball against Binghamton. Brown fans can listen to the call of Scott Cordischi and Russ Tyler on WPRV-AM790, or on Brownbears.com, with all the action starting at 2:00 p.m.
Martin Makes Coaching Debut: Brown head coach Mike Martin '04 will be making his head coaching debut as the Bears open their 107th season of intercollegiate basketball against Binghamton. Martin returns to his alma mater after a six-year assistant coaching stint at Penn.
The Series Record: Brown and Binghamton have met twice before, with Brown holding a 2-0 series advantage. The teams last met on December 10, 2005 in Vestal, NY, with the Bears coming away with a 71-61 victory over the Bearcats. Brown also defeated Binghamton in Providence, 79-77, in 2004.
Did You Know: Head coach Mike Martin '04 is the fourth Brown alumnus to coach the team. W.W. Reynolds '1907, Mike Cingiser '62 and Gerry Alaimo '72 have also coached at Brown, with Cingiser guiding the Bears to their only Ivy League Championship in 1986… Brown's coaching staff also includes Associate Head Coach TJ Sorrentine (Vermont '05), and Assistant Coaches Dwayne Pina (Boston College '01) and Kevin Snyder (Williams '09).
All-Ivy Sean McGonagill Headlines Backcourt: Brown's backcourt is led by junior point guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL), a second team All-Ivy selection, who led the Ivy League in assists with 5.4 per game, which ranked 34th nationally. He was the Ivy League's fifth leading scorer, averaging 13.5 points per game for the Bears. The 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year handed out 157 assists to set a new Brown record, breaking the previous mark of 155 assists by Jason Forte in 2002-2003. McGonagill, who has 721 career points, scored a season high 30 points against Longwood by connecting on 6 of 10 treys. He also scored 28 points in Brown's win over Columbia, connecting on 8 of 11 field goals, and just missing a triple-double by adding eight rebounds and eight assists.
Head Coach Mike Martin: Former Brown basketball standout Mike Martin '04 has returned to his alma mater as the 31st head men's basketball coach in the program's 106-year history. A four-year starter at Brown, Martin was part of the winningest class in Bears' basketball history, posting a 63-45 four-year record from 2000-2004. He also helped the Class of 2004 to a school-record 39-17 Ivy League mark during that period -- the best by an Ivy League team, other than Penn and Princeton, since 1970. An Agawam, Mass., native, Martin launched his coaching career at Brown as an assistant coach in 2005-2006 and was an assistant coach at Penn for the last six years.
Sullivan Gives Backcourt Experience: Senior tri-captain Matt Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) is a three-year starter and Brown's most consistent player on the court. He played in all 31 games last season, starting 29 times, and has started 64 of 89 career games played. He averaged 9.8 points per game and scored in double figures 17 times. He netted a career high 26 points against Albany, hitting 5 of 9 treys against the Great Danes. He later nailed 5 of 8 treys in scoring 21 points against Columbia. Sullivan, who has scored 648 career points, is also a CoSIDA Academic All-American.
Maia Begins First Season: The wild card in the Bears' frontcourt is Rafael Maia (San Paulo, Brazil), a 6-9 sophomore center, who was ineligible last year due to an NCAA technicality, but practiced with the Bears. A native of Brazil, Maia is a talented big man with tremendous skills. He has the ability to provide a rugged inside presence, or step back and take the trey. Heading into last season, he was the preseason pick for the Ivy League Rookie of the Year.
Ponticelli Solid In Middle: Brown senior forward Tyler Ponticelli (Northbrook, IL) played in all 31 games, earning 23 starts for the Bears. He scored in double figures six times, including a career high 17 points vs. Johnson & Wales. Ponticelli also pulled down a career best 10 rebounds against Cornell.
Bear Facts: Sophomore forward Longi Yiljep (Sanaru-Zaria, Nigeria) is also expected to contribute after missing 17 games due to injury last year. Yiljep scored a career high eight points in 20 minutes of play against New Hampshire, and blocked a career best three shots vs. Maine….Sophomore center Jon Schmidt (Baltimore, MD) saw action in 21 games a year ago and grabbed a career best five rebounds against Hartford. He scored a season high four points against Johnson & Wales and Columbia.
Captains: Seniors Tyler Ponticelli and Matt Sullivan, along with junior Sean McGonagill are the tri-captains of the 2012-13 Brown Men's Basketball Team.
Welcome Back Tucker: The Bears are looking forward to the return of 6-8 forward Tucker Halpern (Brookline, MA), an All-Ivy player, who missed the entire 2011-2012 season due to illness. He is expected to miss some early season games, but hopes to return to form in the next couple of weeks. Halpern averaged 12.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Bears two years ago. He scored in double figures 19 times, including a career high 29 points against Harvard, where he connected on 10 of 15 field goals, including 6 of 9 from behind the three-point arc, 10th best in Brown basketball history. A marvelous passer, Halpern dished out 66 assists, including seven in the Bears' victory over Princeton. Halpern ranked sixth in the Ivy League in scoring with 14.3 ppg in league games.
Team Chemistry: This year's men's basketball team features three seniors (Matt Sullivan, Tyler Ponticelli, Steve Albrecht), two juniors (Sean McGonagill, Tucker Halpern), five sophomores (Jon Schmidt, Longji Yieljep, Joe Sharkey, Raphael Maia, Eddie Fitzpatric) and one freshman (Cedric Kaukumensah).
Albrecht Sidelined Indefinitely: Senior guard Stephen Albrecht (Crown Point, IN) had started 24 straight games for the Bears before being slowed down due to injury late last season. He is currently sidelined indefinitely with an injury. A pure shooter, Albrecht's 60 treys led the Bears. He knocked down six trifectas in scoring 23 points against Sacred Heart, and had 22 points against Monmouth. He also added 23 points against Yale.
Newcomers: Joining the Bears frontcourt is 6-8 freshman power forward Cedric Kaukumensah (Worcester, MA), a rugged rebounder from nearby St. Andrew's School in Barrington, Rhode Island, who scored 1,287 career points during his high school career… Sophomore guard Joe Sharkey (Norwood, MA) missed all of last season due to injury and is expected to contribute to the success of this year's team… Sophomore forward Eddie Fitzpatrick (North Attleboro, MA) has joined the Brown team after playing baseball for the Bears a year ago.
Bears On The Air: Brown's entire 28-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.
Watch Live Video of The Bears On The Internet: Brown basketball fans can watch live video and listen to an audio feed (WPRV - AM 790) of all home games through the America One Network. All 13 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 a season pass can be purchased for $75. A 30-day pass for $30 allows the viewer to watch all Brown events during a 30-day period.
Brown and Providence To Play At The Pizzitola Sports Center: Brown will have a match-up against cross-town rival Providence College on Friday, December 28th at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Bears will be facing the BIG EAST Friars at home for the first time since November 30, 1982 when the two teams met at Marvel Gymnasium. Special ticket packages for the PC game and all Brown home games are available at the Brown Ticket Office, located at the Pizzitola Sports Center Box Office, by calling 401-863-2773, or by visiting BrownBears.com.
Next Game: Brown returns to the hardwood on Thursday, November 15, traveling to New Britain, Connecticut to battle Central Connecticut, starting at 7:30 p.m.
2012-13 Brown University Men's Basketball Roster
No. Name Pos. Cl. Hgt. Wgt. School/Hometown
1 Yiljep, Longji G So. 6-5 185 Westtown (PA)/Samaru-Zaria, Nigeria
11 Sharkey, Joe G So. 6-2 190 Northfield Mt. Hermon/Norwood, MA
13 Ponticelli, Tyler F Sr. 6-7 220 Glenbrook North/Northbrook, IL
14 Sullivan, Matt G Sr. 6-6 205 Loyola Academy/Wilmette, IL
21 Kuakumensah, Cedric F Fr. 6-8 245 St. Andrew's School/Worcester, MA
22 McGonagill, Sean G Jr. 6-1 180 Riverside-Brookfield/Brookfield, IL
25 Fitzpatrick, Eddie F So. 6-6 180 North Attleboro/North Attleboro, MA
32 Albrecht, Stephen G Sr. 6-3 175 Crown Point/Crown Point, IN
33 Halpern, Tucker F Jr. 6-8 220 Noble & Greenough/Brookline, MA
45 Maia, Rafael C So. 6-9 230 Maine Central Institute/Sao Paulo, Brazil
50 Schmidt, Jon F So. 6-7 210 Friends School/Baltimore, MD
Head Coach: Michael Martin '04
Associate Head Coach: TJ Sorrentine (Vermont '04)
Assistant Coaches: Dwayne Pina (Boston College '01), Kevin Snyder (Williams '09)
Captains: Sean McGonagill '14, Tyler Ponticelli '13, Matt Sullivan '13
Athletic Trainer: Matt Culp
2012-2013 Brown Men's Basketball Schedule
11 Sun. at Binghamton 2:00 p.m.
15 Thu. at Central Connecticut 7:30 p.m.
17 Sat. at Maine 7:00 p.m.
21 Wed. BRYANT 7:00 p.m.
24 Sat. ST. FRANCIS (NY) 2:00 p.m.
29 Thu. SACRED HEART 7:00 p.m.
1 Sat. at New Hampshire 1:00 p.m.
8 Sat. at Notre Dame 7:00 p.m.
23 Sun. at Northwestern 12:30 p.m. CST
28 Fri. PROVIDENCE 7:00 p.m.
31 Mon. at Albany 4:00 p.m.
4 Fri. at Rhode Island 7:00 p.m.
8 Tue. NIAGARA 7:00 p.m.
12 Sat. DANIEL WEBSTER 2:00 p.m.
19 Sat. YALE 7:00 p.m.
26 Sat. at Yale 2:00 p.m.
1 Fri. at Dartmouth 7:00 p.m.
2 Sat. at Harvard 7:00 p.m.
8 Fri. at Princeton 7:00 p.m.
9 Sat. at Penn 7:00 p.m.
15 Fri COLUMBIA 7:00 p.m.
16 Sat. CORNELL 6:00 p.m.
22 Fri. HARVARD 7:00 p.m.
23 Sat. DARTMOUTH 6:00 p.m.
1 Fri. at Cornell 7:00 p.m.
2 Sat. at Columbia 7:00 p.m.
8 Fri. PENN 7:00 p.m.
9 Sat. PRINCETON 6:00 p.m.
Head Coach: Mike Martin '04
Associate Head Coach: TJ Sorrentine (Vermont '05)
Assistant Coaches: Dwayne Pina (Boston College '01) and Kevin Snyder (Williams '09)