November 14, 2012

Brown Basketball Travels To Central Connecticut For Non-League Match-Up

Game Notes

New Britain, Conn. -  Coming off a season-opening 58-49 win over Binghamton, head coach Mike Martin and the Brown men's basketball team will play its second straight game on the road, traveling to Central Connecticut (0-2) on Thursday, November 15th.  Tip off is 7:30 p.m. at Detrick Gymnasium on the CCSU campus.  Brown fans can listen to the game on WPRV-AM 790, with Scott Cordischi calling the play and Russ Tyler '71 providing the color analysis.

Brown's Probable Starters:     

             Forward                1        Longji Yiljep, sophomore (6.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg)

             Forward                21      Cedric Kuakumensah, freshman (4.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg)

             Center                  45      Rafael Maia, sophomore (7.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg)

             Guard                   14      Matt Sullivan, senior (18.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg)

             Guard                   22      Sean McGonagill, junior (16.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg)

                                          

Key Reserves:                   13      Tyler Ponticelli, senior, forward (2.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg)

                                           33      Tucker Halpern, junior, forward (12.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg) *2010-11 stats

                                           11      Joe Sharkey, sophomore, guard (5.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg)

                                           50      Jon Schmidt, sophomore, center (0.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg)

Brown's Record:  Brown launched its 2012-13 season on Sunday with a 58-49 road victory over Binghamton.  Senior guard Matt Sullivan had 18 points, junior Sean McGonagill added 16 points and freshman Cedric Kuakumensah added nine rebounds.

The Brown vs. Central Conn. Series Record: Brown and CCSU have met six times, dating back to 1989-1990, with the series tied, 3-3. Last year, Brown earned a 90-80 victory behind Sean McGonagill's 27 points.  CCSU grabbed a 67-51 win over the Bears on 12/29/10 in New Britain, Connecticut.

Did You Know?:  Head coach Mike Martin '04 became the first Brown coach to capture his debut game since William H. Dye in 1941…Three Brown players made their collegiate debut against Binghamton – sophomore forward Raphael Maia, sophomore guard Joe Sharkey and freshman forward Cedric Kuakumensah.

Sullivan Takes Charge of Backcourt:  Senior tri-captain Matt Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) provided leadership and scoring in Brown's opening win over Binghamton, scoring a game high 18 points, while grabbing six rebounds. He played in all 31 games last season, starting 29 times, and has started 65 of 90 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.

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. Martin 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

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, opened the 2012-12 season with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists against Binghamton. He was the Ivy League's fifth leading scorer a year ago, 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 -0 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. Last year, McGonagill led the Ivy League in assists with 5.4 per game, which ranked 34th nationally.

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.  Despite foul travel in Brown's win over Binghamton, Maia scored seven points and pulling down six rebounds. 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) opened the season with a solid game vs. Binghamton, grabbing four rebounds against the Bearcats.  Ponticelli played in all 31 games last year, 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. 

Yiljep Earns Starting Role: Sophomore forward Longi Yiljep (Sanaru-Zaria, Nigeria) earned a starting role in Brown's season opener vs. Binghamton and responded with six points and three rebounds, and a strong defensive effort.  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….

Schmidt Comes Off The Bench: Sophomore center Jon Schmidt (Baltimore, MD) contributed some solid minutes against Binghamton, grabbing two rebounds in eight minutes of play. He 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.

 

Bear Facts:  Sophomore forward Eddie Fitzpatrick (North Attleboro, MA) has joined the Brown team after playing baseball for the Bears a year ago…Brown opens its home schedule at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Wednesday, November 21 against Bryant.

 

Kuakumensah Force In The Middle: Joining the Bears frontcourt is 6-8 freshman power forward Cedric Kuakumensah (pronounced Koo-ack-a-men-sa), a rugged rebounder, who earned a starting role against Binghamton.  He provided a strong inside presence against the Bearcats with a game high nine rebounds, three blocked shots and four points. A native of Worcester, Mass., he played at nearby St. Andrew's School in Barrington, Rhode Island, where he scored 1,287 career points during his high school career.

Sharkey Returns: Sophomore guard Joe Sharkey (Norwood, MA) has been flying under the radar after missing all of last season due to injury.  He turned in a solid effort in his collegiate debut against Binghamton with five points, a key trey and three rebounds.

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:  The Bears head up to Orono, Maine on Saturday, November 17 to battle the University of Maine.  Game time is 7:00 p.m. at Alfond Arena.