Brown Wraps Up Fall Semester Against Notre Dame

Brown Wraps Up Fall Semester Against Notre Dame

Game Notes

 Providence, R.I. -  Coach Mike Martin's Brown men's basketball team will have its toughest test of the season, traveling to South Bend, Indiana on Saturday, December 8 to face #22 Notre Dame at the Purcell Pavilion. The match-up between the Bears and Fighting Irish will be televised live on ESPN3, while Brown fans can also listen on WPRV Radio and

The Records:  Brown dropped to 3-4 overall following a 63-50 loss to New Hampshire last Saturday. Senior Matt Sullivan netted 18 points to lead the Bears, while freshman Cedric Kuakumensah registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Notre Dame (7-1) is coming off a 64-50 win over #8 Kentucky on November 29, a win that propelled the Irish back into the Top 25 at number 22.


The Brown-Notre Dame Series Record:  Brown and Notre Dame have met twice before, dating back to 1978-79, with the Irish holding a 2-0 series advantage. The two teams last met on December 29, 2007, with Notre Dame coming out on top of an 87-54 decision.


Did You Know? Brown leads the Ivy League and ranks 54th nationally in three-point field goals made with 7.7 per game… Freshman forward Cedric Kuakumensah has posted three double-doubles this year (vs. Bryant, St. Francis and New Hampshire), and leads the Ivy League with 2.3 blocked shots per game… Two former Brown head coaches were in attendance at Brown's home game vs. Bryant – Bryant assistant Frank Dobbs, and Mike Cingiser '62… Sophomore Rafael Maia's 4.3 offensive rebounds per game leads the Ivy League…Following Saturday's game vs. Notre Dame, Brown will be off for final exams for 15 days, returning to action on 12/23/12 at Northwestern.

Sullivan Takes Charge of Backcourt:  Senior tri-captain Matt Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) is the Ivy League's third leading scorer with 15.7 ppg.  He led the Bears with 18 points against New Hampshire on Saturday. Sullivan scored a season high 20 points against St. Francis, while grabbing five rebounds, and came back against Sacred Heart with 16 points and five rebounds. He scored a game high 18 points, while grabbing six rebounds, against Binghamton, and followed that up with a team high 18 points and five rebounds vs. Central Connecticut. Sullivan played in all 31 games last season, starting 29 times, and has started 70 of 94 career games played. Last year, 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. Martin was the first Brown coach to capture his debut game since William H. Dye in 1941.


All-Ivy Sean McGonagill Headlines Backcourt:  Brown's backcourt is led by second team All-Ivy junior point guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL), who leads the Ivy League with 5.0 assists per game and ranks fourth in the league in scoring with 14.9 ppg.  He tossed in a game high 23 points against St. Francis (NY), while handing out five assists, and dished out eight assists vs. Sacred Heart.  McGonagill opened the 2012-13 season with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists against Binghamton. McGonagill added 16 points against Maine and 14 points vs. Bryant. 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. He scored a season high 30 points vs. 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. Last year, McGonagill led the League in assists with 5.4 per game, which ranked 34th nationally.

Brown Career Assists:
1.     577, by Mike Waitkus (1982-86)
2.     514, by Jason Forte (2001-2005)
3.     380, by Eric Blackiston (1992-96)
4.     379, by Rick Lloyd (1988-92)
5.     362, by Eddie Morris (1972-75)

6.     331, by Sean McGonagill (2010-present)
7.     299, by Chuck Savage (1988-92)
8.     294, by Omari Ware (1999-2002)
9.     281, by Alex Bynum (1980-84)
10.   277, by Jim Burke (1971-74)

Yiljep Earns Starting Role: Sophomore forward Longi Yiljep (Sanaru-Zaria, Nigeria) has earned a starting role in Brown's first seven games and responded against Binghamton with six points, three rebounds, and a strong defensive effort.  He also had three points and three rebounds vs. Sacred Heart. 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.


Maia 2nd In Ivy League In FG Percentage:  The wild card in the Bears' frontcourt is Rafael Maia (San Paulo, Brazil), a 6-9 sophomore center, who ranks second in the Ivy League in field goal percentage, connecting on 35 of 64 shots from the field (.547). He also ranks second in the Ivy League with 8.4 rebounds per game. Maia turned in a yeoman's performance against Sacred Heart, scoring 19 points and pulling down a career high 15 rebounds to complete his first career double-double. He had 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds vs. St. Francis, after a 12 point, nine rebound performance against Bryant. Maia was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week after scoring 14 points vs. Central Connecticut and coming back with 21 points against Maine. His 21 points vs. Maine came on 9 of 14 shooting from the field, while also pulling down eight rebounds. Maia scored 14 points vs. Central Connecticut on 6 of 8 shooting from the field, while grabbing five rebounds. Despite foul trouble in Brown's season-opening win over Binghamton, Maia scored seven points and pulled down six rebounds. A native of Brazil, Maia is a talented big man with tremendous skills. He was ineligible last year due to an NCAA technicality based on his high school graduation date in Brazil, but practiced with the Bears. 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) has come off the bench to provide a solid defensive presence for the Bears. He pulled down a season high nine rebounds against Sacred Heart and added six rebounds vs. New Hampshire. He 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. 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 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… Sophomore forward Eddie Fitzpatrick (North Attleboro, MA) has joined the Brown team after playing baseball for the Bears a year ago…


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.


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 Yiljep, Joe Sharkey, Raphael Maia, Eddie Fitzpatrick) and one freshman (Cedric Kaukumensah).


Welcome Back Tucker: All-Ivy junior forward Tucker Halpern (Brookline, MA) stepped up in a big way against Sacred Heart, coming off the bench to score 14 of his 17 points in the second half, while connecting on 6 of 10 field goals, including 5 of 8 shooting from behind the three-point arc.  He returned to the court for the first time this season on Thursday, 11/15/12, against Central Connecticut, completing a long road back to health. Halpern entered the game at the 10-minute mark of the first half, setting foot on the court for the first time since March 2011.  He missed all of last season and Brown's opening game vs. Binghamton following a long illness.  Halpern hit a trey on his first shot of the game and finished with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from behind the three-point arc. He also contributed against Maine with eight points. 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.


Kuakumensah Leads Ivy League In Blocks: Joining the Bears frontcourt is 6-8 freshman power forward Cedric Kuakumensah (pronounced Koo-ack-a-men-sa), a rugged rebounder, whose 7.4 rebounds ranks fourth in the Ivy League.  He blocked three shots against Sacred Heart and is the Ivy League leader with 2.1 blocked shots per game. Kuakumensah registered his third double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. New Hampshire. He registered back-to-back double-doubles, scoring 10 points and grabbing a career high 12 rebounds vs. St. Francis, after scoring 14 points and pulling down 11 rebounds vs. Bryant.  He also blocked four shots against the Bulldogs, fourth best in Brown basketball history. Kuakumensah scored nine points and pulled down five rebounds against Central Connecticut, and grabbed a game high nine rebounds and blocked three shots against Binghamton. He also had four rebounds vs. Maine. A native of Worcester, Mass., he played at nearby St. Andrew's School in Barrington, Rhode Island, where he scored 1,287 points during his high school career.


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.


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. Sharkey tossed in six points vs. Bryant, hitting two treys, and added three points in Brown's win over Maine, connecting on his only trey of the game.


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



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  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


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 The Brown basketball interactive magazine can be viewed by going to the men's basketball team page on, and clicking on the Interactive Magazine link under Team Information. Here's the link to the basketball magazine:


Next Game:  The Bears will take a 15-day break for final exams following Saturday's game against Notre Dame, and return to the hardwood on December 23, heading back to the Chicago area to face Northwestern in an afternoon contest in Evanston, IL.



Brown Career Highs

Stephen Albrecht '13           Points: 23 vs. Sacred Heart (11/27/11); vs. Yale (1/21/12)

Rebounds: 7 vs. Central Connecticut (12/10/11)

                                                Assists: 10 vs. Rochester College (12/2/09)

Steals: 2 vs. several teams

Treys:  6 vs. Sacred Heart (11/27/11)



Tucker Halpern '13              Points: 29 vs. Harvard (2/25/11)      

Rebounds:  12 vs. Quinnipiac (1/17/11)

                                                Assists: 7 vs. Princeton (2/19/11)                 

Steals: 3 vs. Wagner (1/4/10); vs. Cornell (2/6/10);

vs. Princeton (2/19/11); vs. CCSU (11/15/12)

Blocks:   2 vs. Maine (11/22/09); vs. Princeton (1/29/10);

vs. Fordham (11/12/10); vs. Yale (1/15/11); vs. Penn (2/18/11)

Treys:  6 vs. Quinnipiac (1/11/10); vs. Harvard 2/25/11


Cedric Kuakumensah '16   Points: 14 vs. Bryant (11/21/12)

Rebounds: 12 vs. St. Francis-NY (11/24/12)

                                                Assists: 5 vs. CCSU (11/15/12)

Steals: 1 vs. New Hampshire (12/1/12)


Blocks: 4 vs. Bryant (11/21/12)


Eddie Fitzpatrick '15            Points:






Rafael Maia '15                    Points: 21 vs. Maine (11/17/12)

Rebounds: 15 vs. Sacred Heart (11/29/12)

                                                Assists: 3 vs. St. Francis-NY (11/24/12)

Steals: 3 vs. Maine (11/17/12)



Sean McGonagill '14                       Points: 39** vs. Columbia (2/4/11)

                                                Field Goals:  15** vs. Columbia (2/4/11)

Rebounds: 11 vs. Yale (1/22/11)

Assists: 11 vs. Central Conn. (12/10/11)

                                                Steals: 3 vs. Johnson & Wales (11/11//11);

Treys:  6 vs. Longwood (1/11/12)

** Pizzitola Sports Center record



Tyler Ponticelli '13              Points: 17 vs. Johnson & Wales (11/11//11)

Rebounds: 10 vs. Cornell (2/11/12)

Assists: 7 vs. George Mason (11/21/11)       

Steals: 3 vs. Harvard (2/12/11); vs. Albany (11/14/11);

vs. Dartmouth (2/18/12); vs. Maine (11/17/12)

                                                Blocks: 2 vs. Manhattan (11/15/11)


Jon Schmidt '15                    Points: 4 vs. Johnson & Wales (11/11//11); vs. Columbia (2/10/12)

Rebounds: 5 vs. Hartford (11/19/11)

Assists: 1 vs. several teams   

Steals: 1 vs. Binghamton (11/11/12)


Joe Sharkey '15                    Points: 6 vs. Bryant (11/21/12); vs. St. Francis-NY (11/24/12)

Rebounds: 3 vs. Binghamton (11/11/12)

                                                Assists: 1 vs. several teams

Steals: 1 vs. Maine (11/17/12); vs. St. Francis-NY (11/24/12)

Treys:  2 vs. Bryant (11/21/12); vs. St. Francis-NY (11/24/12)


Matt Sullivan            '13                   Points: 26 vs. Albany (11/14/11)

Rebounds:  8 vs. URI (11/18/09)

Assists: 7 vs. USP (11/27/09)

Steals: 3 vs. USP (11/27/09); vs. Lyndon State (1/8/11); vs. Princeton (2/3/12)

Treys: 5 vs. Hartford (12/2/10); vs. Albany (11/14/11)

vs. Cornell (2/11/12)


Longji Yiljep '15                   Points: 7 vs. New Hampshire (12/7/11)

Rebounds: 4 vs. St. Francis (12/29/11)

                                                Assists: 1 vs. Albany (11/14/11); vs. New Hampshire (12/7/11);

vs. Binghamton (11/11/12)

Steals: 1 vs. Monmouth (11/22/11); vs. New Hampshire (12/7/11)           

Treys:  2 vs. Binghamton (11/11/12)

Blocks:  3 vs. Maine (12/23/11)


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

Managers:  Danny Echevarria, Jason Gilberg, Yancy Rodriguez, Candy Ellis                 

Athletic Trainer: Matt Culp


Pronunciation Guide:

Steven All-breckt

Tucker Hal-pern

Cedric Koo-ack-a-men-sa

Rafael Meye-a

Sean Mac-gone-a-gill

Tyler Pont-a-celli

Lon-gee Yeel-jep


2012-2013 Brown Men's Basketball Schedule



11        Sun.     at Binghamton                         58-49, W

15        Thu.    at Central Connecticut                        71-86, L

17        Sat.      at Maine                                  70-78, W

21        Wed.    BRYANT                                61-68, L

24        Sat.      ST. FRANCIS (NY)              72-76, L ot

29        Thu.    SACRED HEART                 69-56, W



1          Sat.      at New Hampshire                  50-63, L

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)



Game #1         Brown at Binghamton                      11/11/12          Vestal, NY

The Mike Martin coaching era at Brown successfully tipped-off at the Events Center with the Bears rallying for a 58-49 victory over Binghamton, with the Bears' new emphasis on defense holding the Bearcats to just one point in the last seven minutes on 0-of 10-shooting.  Junior Matt Sullivan scored 18 points and junior Sean McGonagill added 16 points to lead the Bears attack. 

Sullivan's 18 points came on 7-of-15 shooting from the field, while adding four treys.  He also pulled down six rebounds.  McGonagill had three treys and also pulled down six rebounds.

Bears' 6-8 freshman forward Cedric Kuakumensah, a product of St. Andrew's in Barrington, earned a starting nod on the Brown front line. He immediately made a contribution on the backboards, grabbing a game high nine rebounds.

Despite first half foul trouble, the long awaited playing debut of 6-8 sophomore forward Raphael Maia didn't disappoint as the Brazilian standout proved to be an inside force with rebounding and a nice touch by the basket. He finished with seven points and six rebounds. 

Binghamton was led by Taylor Johnson and Rayner Moquete, who chipped in with 14 points each.

A long trey by sophomore Longji Yiljep and a lay-up by senior Matt Sullivan gave Brown its biggest lead of the first half, 25-17, with 4:14 remaining.  Two treys by Taylor Johnson sparked an 8-0 Bearcat run to end the half to knot the score, 25-25 at intermission.

The Bearcats opened the second half with consecutive treys to open up a 31-25 advantage in the first three minutes of the half. But back-to-back treys by Sullivan and McGonagill got the Bears back in the game, trailing, 33-31, at the 16-minute mark.

Brown took control of the game with a 15-3 run and built a 46-38 lead with its own three-point barrage.  Sophomore Joe Sharkey, McGonagill and Sullivan all had treys, with Kuakumnsah pulling down four rebounds and blocking a shot in the spurt.


Game #2         Brown at Central Conn.                  11/15/12          New Britain, CT

Sophomore guard Kyle Vinales scored a game high 28 points, hitting 9-of-13 field goals, including 4-of-5 treys, to lead Central Connecticut (1-2) to an 86-71 non-league win over Brown at Detrick Gymnasium, giving the Bears (1-1) their first setback of the young season.

The Brown program breathed a collective sigh of relief when junior forward Tucker Halpern entered the game at the 10-minute mark of the first half, setting foot on the court for the first time since March 2011.  He missed all of last season and Brown's opening game following a long illness. 

Senior guard Matt Sullivan led the Bears with 18 points on 6 of 12 shooting from the field. Sophomore forward Rafael Maia provided an inside presence by connecting on 6 of 8 field goals in scoring 14 points, while junior guard Sean McGonagill also scored in double figures with 11 points.  Bears' freshman forward Cedric Kuakumensah had nine points, five rebounds and five assists.

In addition to Vinale's 28 points, Matt Hunter scored 17 points, while Terrell Allen netted 14 points for the Blue Devils.

After falling behind by 19 points early in the second half, 49-30, the Bears cut the Blue Devils lead to just four points, 67-63, on Halpern's fifth trey of the game with 7:49 remaining to play.

Central Connecticut quickly extended its lead to 11 points, 77-66, and kept the Bears in check, with Vinales scoring all 11 points in the 11-3 spurt.

Sizzling three-point shooting by the Blue Devils was the difference in the game, with Central hitting 11 of 19 treys (58-percent).  CCSU also shot 62-percent from the field, connecting on 31-of-50 field goals.

In the opening half, the Blue Devils held a 27-18 lead on a trey by Allen with 8:17 remaining, capping a 9-0 Central Connecticut run.

Brown pulled to within four points, 32-28, on a layup by Kuakumensah with 5:14 left in the half, but the Blue Devils ended the half on a 13-2 spurt to grab a 45-30 lead at intermission. CCSU shot a torrid 67-percent from behind the three point arc in the half, connecting on 6-of-9 treys.


Game #3         Brown at Maine                    11/17/12          Orono, Maine

Sophomore forward Rafael Maia scored a career high 21 points and Brown held off a late Maine challenge to earn a 70-68 non-league victory over the Black Bears at Alfond Arena.  The win on the road, Brown's second of the year, gives the Bears a 2-1 record, while Maine falls to 0-3.  The Bears won just one non-league game on the road all of last year.

Brown held the lead from the 3:24 mark of the second half, 63-61, on a Maia layup, and led 68-64 following two free throws by Matt Sullivan with 22 seconds remaining.

The Black Bears clawed back to within one point with four seconds remaining in the game, 69-68, on a layup by Alasdair Fraser. 

Senior Matt Sullivan hit one of two free throws for the Bears with three seconds left, giving the Bears a 70-68 advantage. Maine's Xavier Pollard missed a long jump shot at the buzzer as Brown held on for the victory.

The difference in the game came at the free throw line with Brown making more free throws (19-of-27) than Maine attempted (8-of-13).

Maia's 21 points came on 9-of-14 shooing from the field.  He also pulled down a team high eight rebounds. "It's exciting to win on the road," said Maia.  "We worked hard in the preseason and early in the year on execution and it really paid off." Maia sat out last year due to an NCAA technicality, and is just three games into his Brown career. 

Brown junior Sean McGonagill netted 16 points and dished out five assists, while Sullivan had 12 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the free throw line.

Justin Edwards' 14 points led three Maine players in double figures.  Fraser and Till Gloger added 10 points each.

Brown's early game plan was to pound it in to its big men in the paint and Maia responded by scoring seven points in the first 10 minutes of the opening half.  Junior forward Tucker Halpern's trey with 9:30 remaining gave the Bears a four-point lead, 23-19.

Maine came back to grab a 25-23 lead on a layup by Edwards with 7:33 remaining in the opening half.  Brown answered with a 9-2 spurt to pull ahead by a 32-27 margin with just over four minutes left.

Back-to-back treys by sophomore Joe Sharkey and McGonagill at the end of the half lifted the Bears to a 38-31 lead at intermission.


Game #4         Bryant at Brown                   11/21/12          Providence, RI

Sophomore guard Dyami Starks scored 16 of his game high 25 points in the second half to lead Bryant to a 68-61 win over Brown at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

Brown freshman forward Cedric Kuakumensah scored a career high 14 points to lead the Bears, connecting 6-of-8 shots from the field.  He completed the double-double by grabbing 11 rebounds.   Kuakumensah also blocked four shots, which rank 10th in the Brown record book.

Bears' junior All-Ivy guard Sean McGonagill also had 14 points, while sophomore forward Rafael Maia just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds. Senior guard Matt Sullivan finished with eight points and six rebounds.

Starks' 25 points came on 8-of-16 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 shooting from the free throw line. Junior forward Alex Francis was also a force for the Bulldogs with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Bryant lead at the half, 35-24, doing most of its damage from inside the paint with Brown's big man, Maia, limited to just eight minutes because of foul trouble. Francis scored 12 first half points, all in the lane, for the Bulldogs.

The Bears made a run at the Bulldogs and pulled to within four points, 56-52, on two free throws by Sullivan with 4:57 left in the game. But Bryant quickly went ahead by eight points, 61-53, with 2:12 left on a free throw by senior Frankie Dobbs.

The closest Brown was able to get down the stretch was five points, 66-61, on a lay-up by Kuakumensah with six seconds left.


Game #5         St. Francis (NY) at Brown               11/24/12          Providence, RI

Junior Ben Mockford hit back-to-back treys in overtime to spark a 10-1 St. Francis (NY) run and lead the Terriers to a 76-72 overtime win over Brown at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Brown freshman forward Cedric

Kuakumensah sent the game into overtime with a rebound and lay-up with 33 seconds left on the clock.  Brett Jones tried to win it for the Terriers, but his shot with two seconds left in regulation was rejected by Bears' sophomore forward Rafael Maia to send the game into overtime.

In overtime, junior guard Sean McGonagill opened the scoring with a trey to give the Bears a 63-60 lead. Ben Mockford tied it for St. Francis with a trey at 63-63 on its next possession, and his second trey of the overtime period gave St. Francis the lead for good, 66-64. A layup by Jalen Cannon and four straight points by Kevin Douglass put the Terriers in the lead by a 71-64 margin to cap off a 10-1 St. Francis run.

McGonagill led the Bears with 23 points and five assists, while senior guard Matt Sullivan scored a season high 20 points, while grabbing five rebounds. Kuakumensah put together his second consecutive double-double with 10 points and a game high 12 rebounds for the Bears, and Maia, the Ivy league's leading shooter, scored 11 points on 5 of 6 shooting from the field, and pulled down nine rebounds.

Cannon led the Terriers with 20 points on torrid 10-of-12 shooting from the field.  Douglas tossed in 17 points, while Mockford finished with 14 points.

With Bears' junior All-Ivy forward Tucker Halpern on the sideline with a foot issue, Brown fell behind by as many as 18 points in the opening half, 38-20, on a trey by Mockford with 2:20 remaining. 

The Terriers held a 40-26 advantage at intermission on sizzling 65-percent shooting from the field (17 of 26), while connecting on 6-of-10 shots from behind the three-point arc.

The Bears made a furious second half comeback and cut the St. Francis lead to one point, 45-44, on a trey by sophomore Joe Sharkey with 11:40 left in the game.

Maia tied the game for the Bears, 51-51, on a conventional three-point play with 6:55 left, and his layup with 6:10 on the clock gave Brown its first lead, 53-51. McGonagill expanded Brown's lead to four points with 4:57 remaining, giving the Bears a 55-51 advantage. A trey by Mockford and a free throw by Akeem Johnson at the 3:25 mark tied the game, 55-55.


Game #6         Sacred Heart at Brown                    11/29/12          Providence, RI

Sophomore forward Rafael Maia scored 19 points and grabbed a career high 15 rebounds to lead Brown to a 69-56 win over Sacred Heart in a non-league game at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The win was coach Mike Martin's first home victory as head coach of the Bears, as Brown evened its record at 3-3.  Sacred Heart falls to 2-4 with the loss

Maia posted his first career double-double with the 19 points coming on 7-of-16 shooting from the field. Seven of his 15 rebounds were on the offensive end of the court, helping Brown out-rebound the Pioneers by a 46-31 margin.

The Bears received a big lift off the bench from junior Tucker Halpern, who scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half, connecting 6-of -0 field goals, including 5-of-8 from behind the three-point arc.

Senior Matt Sullivan scored 16 points for Brown, while junior guard Sean McGonagill added 10 points and eight assists.  The Bears also received a lift from senior forward Tyler Ponticelli, who came off the bench to grab nine rebounds.

Louis Montes, who scored 17 points on perfect 10-of-10 shooting from the free throw line, led the Pioneers. Justin Swidowski also scored in double figures for Sacred Heart with 10 points.

Brown grabbed a 31-27 lead at the half after 10 lead changes.  Sacred Heart held a 27-26 advantage with 2:17 remaining, but the Bears scored the last five points of the half on a trey by McGonagill and a lay-up by Sullivan.

Brown opened the second half by outscoring the Pioneers by a 9-2 margin to open a 40-29 lead on a trey by Sullivan with 15:59 remaining on the clock.

Brown pulled ahead, 52-39, when Halpern connected on his fourth trey with 9:32 left in the game. Maia helped the Bears open its biggest lead, 61-45, with just over five minutes on a reverse lay-up.


Game #7         Brown at New Hampshire               12/1/12            Durham, NH

New Hampshire held Brown to just eight points in the last 12 minutes to earn a 63-50 come-from-behind win over the Bears at Lundholm Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.  The loss drops the Bears to 3-4 overall, while New Hampshire extends its record to 3-4.

The Bears chose an inopportune time to go ice cold from the field after holding a 42-39 advantage with 12:19 remaining on a jump shot by junior Sean McGonagill.  Brown connected on just one field goal in its last 15 attempts, as the Wildcats rallied down the stretch to put the game away.

Brown shot just 32-percent (19-59) for the game, including 19-percent (4-21) from behind the three-point arc, while New Hampshire connected on 22 of 53 field goal attempts (42-percent).

Senior Matt Sullivan paced the Bears' attack with 18 points, while junior guard Sean McGonagill chipped in with 14 points and six rebounds. Bears' sophomore forward Cedric Kuakumensah, who played at the St.. Andrew's School, posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore forward Rafael Maia struggled from the field, scoring just four points, but he pulled down seven second-half rebounds.

New Hampshire forward Ferg Myrick scored 11 of his 18 points in the second half, including eight points in the final seven minutes. Forward Patrick Konan scored 14 points and six rebounds for the Wildcats, while center Chris Pelcher added 11 points.

Brown got into early foul trouble with both of its starting big men, Maia and Kuakumensah, whistled for two personal fouls in the opening eight minutes.

With 13:07 left in the first half, Brown trailed, 11-10, following a lay-up by McGonagill. A 12-2 run by the Wildcats gave New Hampshire a 23-12 lead with 7:57 remaining on a lay-up by Konan.

Brown fell behind by as many as 14 points in the first half, 34-20, before mounting a comeback to get back into the game.  An 11-0 Brown run, fueled by two treys by McGonagill and a late tip-in by senior Tyler Ponticelli, cut New Hampshire's lead to 34-31 at the half.

Baskets by Sullivan, sophomore Longji Yiljep and McGonagill to open the second half gave the Bears their first lead, 37-34, with 15:29 remaining.