Providence, R.I. - While most conferences have a post-season tournament to crown its champion, the Ivy League boasts a 14-game regular season playoff, covering seven weeks, to determine its champion and NCAA Tournament qualifier. For the Brown and Yale men's basketball teams, it all starts Saturday, January 19 at the Pizzitola Sports Center in the Ivy League opener for both teams. Tip-off is 7:00 p.m.
The Records: Brown extended its record to 6-8 and completed its non-league schedule with a 71-34 win over Daniel Webster Saturday afternoon. Yale (6-11) also completed its non-league slate last Saturday with a 104-39 win over Oberlin.
Did You Know? Brown features the top two rebounders in the Ivy League – forward Rafael Maia '15 and forward Cedric Kuakumensah '16. Maia leads the Ivy League in rebounding with 8.4 per game, and recently pulled down 15 rebounds vs. URI. Kuakumensah is averaging 8.1 rebounds per game, second in the Ivy League, and leads the league with 2.2 blocked shots per game… Guard Matt Sullivan '13, who netted 20 points vs. Niagara in 45 minutes of play, has 141 career treys, 9th in Brown basketball history. Sullivan is the Ivy League's third leading scorer with 15.0 ppg… Forward Tucker Halpern '14 leads the Ivy League and ranks 29th nationally with 2.9 treys per game…Guard Sean McGonagill '14 ranks third in the Ivy League with 4.7 assists per game and fourth in the league in scoring with 14.6 ppg. His 370 career assists rank fifth in the Brown record book…Guard Joe Sharkey '15 registered his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. Daniel Webster… Guard Stephen Albrecht '13 saw his first action of the season and responded with 11 points vs. Daniel Webster. With Albrecht's return, Brown's roster has soared to nine active players.
The Brown vs. Yale Series Record- 150th Meeting: Brown and Yale have met 149 times, dating back to the 1904-1905 season, with the Elis holding a 99-50 series advantage. Yale has captured the last five games in the series, including a 73-60 win over the Bears last year in Providence. Brown's last win over the Bulldogs came three years ago, a 75-66 win in New Haven (1/15/10). The two teams will be opening the Ivy schedule together for the eighth straight season.
Sullivan 3rd In Ivy Scoring: Senior tri-captain Matt Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) is turning into the Ivy League's Iron Man after scoring 20 points and logging 45 minutes in Brown's overtime win over Niagara. His 38.2 minutes per game leads the Ivy League. Sullivan, who is averaging 15.0 points per game, third best in the Ivy League, ranks ninth in Brown career treys with 141. He played a key role in Brown's win over Providence with 12 points and seven rebounds against the Friars. Sullivan was Brown's top scorer with 14 points vs. URI, and scored a game high 18 points vs. Notre Dame. He 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. Sullivan 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. He also led the Bears with 18 points against New Hampshire. Sullivan played in all 31 games last season, starting 29 times, and has started 78 of 103 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 is also a CoSIDA Academic All-American.
Matt Sullivan: Career Points Career Treys
2009-10 191 36
2010-11 144 20
2011-12 303 56
2012-13 210 29
TOTAL 848 141
Brown Record Book: Career 3-Pointers Made
1. 232, Damon Huffman (2004-2008)
2. 215, Brian Lloyd (1992-1996)
3. 201, Rick Lloyd (1988-1992)
4. 165, Mark McAndrew (2004-2008)
5. 159, Adrian Williams (2007-2011)
6. 158, Earl Hunt (1999-2003)
7. 143, Mike Martin (2000-2004)
8. 142, Peter Sullivan (2007 – 2011)
9. 141, Patrick Powers (2000-2004)
141, Matt Sullivan (2009-present)
Yiljep Sidelined Indefinitely: Sophomore forward Longi Yiljep (Sanaru-Zaria, Nigeria), who earned a starting role in Brown's first eight games, missed the Northwestern game and is sidelined indefinitely due to injury. Yiljep opened the season 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.
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: Second team All-Ivy junior point guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL) ranks third in the Ivy League with 4.7 assists per game and fourth in the league in scoring with 14.6 ppg. He scored a game high 23 points and handed out seven assists in Brown's win over Niagara, scoring seven of Brown's 13 points in overtime. McGonagill played a major role in Brown's win over Providence, scoring 13 points and handing out five assists, despite foul trouble. He accounted for nearly half of Brown's points vs. Northwestern with 20 points against the Wildcats. McGonagill, who had 15 points vs. Notre Dame, tossed in a game high 23 points against St. Francis (NY), while handing out five assists. He opened the season with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists against Binghamton, and 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.
Sean McGonagill: Career Points Career Treys Career Assists
2010-11 329 39 147
2011-12 392 56 157
2012-13 204 35 66
TOTAL 925 130 370
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. 370, by Sean McGonagill (2010-present)
6. 362, by Eddie Morris (1972-75)
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)
Schmidt Contributes: Sophomore center Jon Schmidt (Baltimore, MD) pulled down a career high five rebounds in Brown's win over Daniel Webster. He came up big in Brown's victory over Providence with his first points of the year, scoring four points and grabbing two rebounds. He also contributed some solid minutes against Binghamton, grabbing two rebounds in eight minutes of play. He saw action in 21 games a year ago. Schmidt grabbed a career best five rebounds against Hartford, and scored a season high four points against Johnson & Wales and Columbia.
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. Ponticelli netted six points, grabbed six rebounds and scored the go-ahead basket in overtime in Brown's win over Niagara. He added four points and five rebounds vs. Daniel Webster. Ponticelli scored a season high six points against URI, and pulled down four rebounds in the Bears' win over Providence. He grabbed a season high nine rebounds against Sacred Heart and added six rebounds vs. New Hampshire. Ponticelli opened the season with a solid game vs. Binghamton, grabbing four rebounds against the Bearcats. He 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.
Maia Leads In Ivy League Rebounding: Rafael Maia (San Paulo, Brazil), a 6-9 sophomore center, pulled down 15 rebounds vs. URI and leads the Ivy League with 8.4 rebounds per game. He grabbed eight rebounds in Brown's win over Niagara. Against Providence, Maia netted nine points and pulled down 11 rebounds. His seven rebounds vs. Albany led the game. He scored nine points and grabbed a game high seven rebounds vs. Northwestern. 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 also had eight points and six rebounds vs. Notre Dame. Maia was named the Ivy Rookie of the Week after scoring 14 points vs. Central Conn. 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's 14 points vs. Central Connecticut came on 6-of-8 shooting from the field, while grabbing five 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.
Albrecht Returns: The Bears welcomed the return of senior guard Stephen Albrecht (Crown Point, IN) who saw his first action of the season last week vs. Daniel Webster, scoring 11 points against the Eagles on 4-of-6 shooting from the field. A pure shooter, Albrecht's 60 treys led the Bears in 2011-12. 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 Posts Double-Double: Sophomore guard Joe Sharkey (Norwood, MA), who missed all of last season due to injury, registered career highs of 10 points and 10 rebounds against Daniel Webster. 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. He dished out two assists and had two steals in Brown's win over Providence.
Kuakumensah Leads Ivy League In Blocks: Freshman power forward Cedric Kuakumensah (pronounced Koo-ack-a-men-sa), a rugged 6-8 rebounder, leads the Ivy League with 2.1 blocked shots per game, while his 8.1 rebounds per game ranks second in the league. Kuakumensah pulled down a season high 12 rebounds and blocked two shots against Daniel Webster. He put together a solid performance in Brown's win over Niagara with six points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots. Kuakumensah had six rebounds and three blocks vs. URI. He helped Brown dominate the backboards vs. Providence with a game high 12 rebounds, as the Bears out-rebounded the Friars by a 37-30 margin. He also blocked three shots and grabbed six rebounds vs. Albany. Kuakumensah had nine rebounds and two blocked shots against Notre Dame, and pulled down seven rebounds vs. Northwestern. He blocked three shots against Sacred Heart. 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. 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.
Halpern Leads Ivy League In Treys: All-Ivy junior forward Tucker Halpern (Brookline, MA) is coming off a strong double-double performance vs. Niagara with 15 points and 10 rebounds. He did not play last week's game vs. Daniel Webster due to a stomach bug. A long-range marksman, Halpern leads the Ivy League in treys with 2.9 per game. He was named the Ivy League's Player of the Week and the College Sports Madness National Mid-Major Player of the Week after scoring 28 points against Providence and connecting on the game-winning trey with 7.3 seconds remaining. Halpern had 15 of his 28 points in the second half against the Friars, and connected on 10-of-17 shots from the field, including 8-of-15 from long range. Halpern's eight treys rank as the second-best, single-game effort in school history and tie for the ninth-best in Ivy League history. He scored a game high 18 points against Albany on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. Halpern also 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. Halpern tossed in 10 points against Notre Dame. He returned to the court for the first time this season on 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. 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 in 2011 with 14.3 ppg in League games.
Tucker Halpern: Career Points Career Treys
2009-10 236 32
2010-11 352 58
2012-13 123 32
TOTAL 711 122
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 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 the link to the basketball magazine: http://www.meridianprinting.com/brown/2012/mbball/
Next Game: Brown vs. Yale, Round II, will be played next Saturday afternoon, January 26, as the Bears and Elis tangle in New Haven, Connecticut, in a 2:00 p.m. tip-off at the John Lee Amphitheater.