November 8, 2013

Bears Open 108th Season At Home On Sunday vs. Binghamton

Providence, R.I. -  Brown's men's basketball team opens its 108th season of intercollegiate competition on Sunday, November 10, battling Binghamton at the Pizzitola Sports Center, starting at 3:30 pm. It's also the basketball debut of the Ivy League Digital Network, where fans can watch every home and Ivy League game in HD with a three-camera production and video replay. Watch Brown Basketball at BrownBears.TV

The Series Record:  Brown and Binghamton have met three times, with Brown holding a 3-0 series advantage.  Last year, Mike Martin made his head coaching debut at Binghamton on November 11, 2012, and came away with a 58-49 win over the Bearcats. The teams also met on December 10, 2005 in Vestal, NY, with the Bears earning a 71-61 victory over the Bearcats. Brown also defeated Binghamton in Providence, 79-77, in 2004.

Bear Facts: Brown has been picked fourth in Lindy's, Athlon, Sporting News and NBC Sports preseason polls, and fifth in both the preseason Ivy League Media Poll and Blue Ribbon Basketball preseason poll…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 Paul Halas (Rensselaer '06).

All-Ivy Sean McGonagill Headlines Backcourt:  At the head of the class in Brown's backcourt is first team All-Ivy guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL), an incredibly skilled two-time All-Ivy selection, who can play the point or off the ball. One of the top scorers in Brown basketball history, McGonagill has scored 1,113 career points in three years at Brown, 19th best in Brown history.  His 413 career assists rank third in the Brown record book.  Last year, he was the Ivy League's fourth leading scorer with 14.0 points per game and also ranked fourth in the league in assists. McGonagill scored 20 or more points six times a year ago, including a season-high 24 points in Brown's win over Princeton that eliminated the Tigers from Ivy title contention. He led the Bears with 61 treys, while his 156 career treys are seventh all-time at Brown.

 

Brown's 1,000 Point Scorers

1.     2,041     Earl Hunt (1999-03)               

2.     1,668     Arnie Berman (1969-72)               

3.     1,597     Jason Forte (2001-05)

4.     1,361     Peter Sullivan (2007-2011)

5.     1,344     Alai Nuualiitia (1999-03)     

6.     1,331     Mike Cingiser (1959-62)     

6.     1,328     Marcus Thompson (1985-89)

8.     1,319     Joe Tebo (1955-58)

9.     1,306     Damon Huffman (2004-08)                      

10.   1,294     Rick Lloyd (1988-92)               

11.   1,288     Brian Saunders (1974-77)

12.   1,241     Phil Brown (1972-75)               

        1,241     Peter Moss (1977-80) 

14.   1,190     Chuck Savage (1988-92)
15.   1,165     Mike Waitkus (1982-86)                       

16.   1,147     Lou Murgo (1951-55)

17.   1,134     Matt Mullery (2006-2010)

18.   1,133     Rusty Tyler (1968-1971)

19.   1,113     Sean McGonagill (2010-present)

20.   1,100     Mark McAndrew (2004-08)

21.   1,079     Ira James (1979-1982)

22.   1,046     Gerry Alaimo (1955-58)

23.   1,033     Matt Sullivan (2009-2013)

24.   1,031     Eric Blackiston (1992-96)     

25.   1,011     Brian Lloyd (1992-96)

26.   1,009     Woody Grimshaw (1944-47)

 

Brown's All-Time Career Assists

1.     577, by Mike Waitkus (1982-86)
2.     514, by Jason Forte (2001-2005)

3.     413, by Sean McGonagill (2010-present)
4.     380, by Eric Blackiston (1992-96)
5.     379, by Rick Lloyd (1988-92)

Head Coach Mike Martin: Former Brown basketball standout Mike Martin '04, the 31st head men's basketball coach in the program's 106-year history, has changed the direction and culture of the program, with the building blocks in place to develop an Ivy Championship team. Martin took over the reins of the program in 2012-13 and was named a finalist for the Joe B. Hall Award as the nation's outstanding first-year head coach after leading the Bears to a turnaround season with a 13-15 overall record, including a fourth place finish in the Ivy standings with a 7-7 mark after winning four of its last five games. 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.

Kuakumensah – Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year:  Sophomore forward Cedric Kuakumensah (Worcester, MA) turned into the premier defensive player in the Ivy League by blocking a Brown record 66 shots, a mark that ranked sixth in Ivy League history, and was the most ever by a first-year player. He led the Ivy League with 2.4 blocks per game, and scored a season high 19 points against Columbia. Kuakumensah ranked second in the Ivy League in rebounding with 7.5 per game, just one rebound behind teammate Rafael Maia. He turned in the Ivy League's top rebounding performance with 19 rebounds against Cornell. Kuakumensah, who played at the St. Andrew's School in Barrington, RI, blocked seven shots against both Penn and Cornell to tie the Brown single-game record. His 66 blocked shots also rank fifth on Brown's career list.

Brown Career Blocked Shots
1.     163, Matt Mullery (2006-2010)
2.     119, Alai Nuualiitia (1999-2003)

3.     104, Andrew McCarthy (2009-2011)
4.     93, Stark Langs (1981-1985)
5.     89, Jamie Kilburn (2000-2004)
6.     77, Anthony Katsaros (1984-1988)

7.     66, Cedric Kuakumensah (2012-2013)
8.     65, Kirk Lowry (1988-1992)

9.     64, Jim Turner (1982-1986)

        64, Mark McDonald (2004-2008)

Rafael Maia – Ivy League's Leading Rebounder: Junior Rafael Maia (Sao Paulo, Brazil), who was ineligible his freshman year due to an NCAA technicality, led the Ivy League in rebounding with 7.5 per game. The rugged Brazilian, who played for Brazil at this summer's World University Games in Russia, was recently named the Ivy League's best rebounder by Lindy's Sports Annuals.  A two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week, Maia averaged 10.5 points per game, 10th best in the Ivy League.  He netted a career high 22 points, while pulling down 13 rebounds against Cornell, and grabbed a season high 15 rebounds against Rhode Island and Sacred Heart. 

Captains:  Senior guard Sean McGonagill, junior forward Rafael Maia and sophomore forward Cedric Kuakumensah are the tri-captains of the 2013-14 Brown men's basketball team.

 

Newcomers:  Joining the Bears are six freshmen - Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD), Norman Hobbie (Spring Lake, NJ), Leland King (Inglewood, CA), Matty Madigan (Winston Salem, NC), Aram Martin (San Antonio, TX) and Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX).

 

Walker Returns:  Junior forward Dockery Walker (Magnolia, DE) returns after missing all of last season due to injury. As a sophomore in 2011-12, he scored in double figures 13 times, including a career high 23 points against Cornell, connecting on 10-of-11 field goals, while completing the double-double with 17 rebounds against the Big Red.  Walker, who started 19 games, was Brown's second leading rebounder with 4.6 rebounds per 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 BrownBears.com.

 

Watch Live Video of The Bears On BrownBears.TV: Brown fans can watch a multi-camera HD broadcast of all Brown home games and away Ivy League contests on Brownbears.tv as part of the Ivy League Digital Network. Powered by NeuLion, the Brown Channel is a part of the Ivy League's completely redesigned, nine-channel digital network that includes an easy-to-navigate interface, a League-wide network schedule and new interactive features, such as simultaneous four-game viewing, full DVR controls and social media integration. These new features enhance the viewing experience for the expanded range of events and other content offerings, all of which are available on computer, mobile and tablet devices without the use of an app. Packages for BrownBears.TV are $89.95 for 12 months, $39.95 for four months, $10.95 for one month and $9.95 for a single day and include multi-camera HD coverage of all available home and Ivy away games in football, and men's and women's basketball. 

 

Next Game:  Brown returns to the hardwood on Wednesday, November 13, traveling across town to face Providence College at the Dunkin Donuts Center.  The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net starting at 7:00 p.m.