Bears Head Downtown To Battle Providence
Providence, R.I. - Fresh off a season opening win over Binghamton on Sunday, the Brown men's basketball travels down College Hill to the Dunkin' Donuts Center for the 119th meeting with cross-town rival Providence on Wednesday, November 13. The Bears defeated the Friars on the Brown campus last year, and both team come in to Wednesday's game without a loss. Tip-off is at 7pm, and the game will be televised on Fox Sports 2, with radio coverage on WPRV AM-790.
The Records: Brown (1-0) opened its season with a 74-57 win over Binghamton at the Pizzitola Sports Center behind senior guard Sean McGonagill's game high 22 points. Junior forward Rafael Maia scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while sophomore forward Cedric Kuakumensah had nine points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots for the Bears. Providence (1-0) tipped-off its season with an 82-78 overtime win over Boston College Friday evening. Bryce Cotton led the Friars with 28 points.
The Brown vs. Providence Series Record: Brown and Providence have met 119 times, dating back to the 1921-1922 season, with the Friars holding a 92-27 series advantage. Brown stunned the Friars last year (12/28/12), 69-68, at the Pizzitola Sports Center. PC had won the previous five games in the series, including an 80-49 decision on 12/5/11 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
Last Year's Game: Brown forward Tucker Halpern '14 scored 28 points, including the game-winning trey with 7.3 seconds remaining, to rally Brown to a 69-68 win over Providence College at a sold-out Pizzitola Sports Center. It was the first game played on the Brown campus in 30 years.
TV - Fox Sports 2: The match-up between the Bears and Friars at the Dunkin Donuts Center will be televised live on Fox Sports 2, with Scott Graham calling the play and Tarik Turner providing the analysis.
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. McGonagill opened the season with a 22 point performance against Binghamton, connecting on 7-of-10 field goals, including 4-of-6 from behind the three-point arc. One of the top scorers in Brown basketball history, McGonagill has scored 1,135 career points in three years at Brown, 17th best in Brown history. His 417 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 – Top 20
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)
7. 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. 1,135 Sean McGonagill (2010-present)
18. 1,134 Matt Mullery (2006-2010)
19. 1,133 Rusty Tyler (1968-1971)
20. 1,100 Mark McAndrew (2004-08)
Brown's All-Time Career Assists
1. 577, by Mike Waitkus (1982-86)
2. 514, by Jason Forte (2001-2005)
3. 417, by Sean McGonagill (2010-present)
4. 380, by Eric Blackiston (1992-96)
5. 379, by Rick Lloyd (1988-92)
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).
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 was the first freshman in Ivy League history to be named the Ivy league Defensive Player of the Year. Kuakumensah opened the season by scoring nine points, pulling down 14 rebounds and blocking six shots in Brown's win over Binghamton. Last year, 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. 72, Cedric Kuakumensah (2012-2013)
8. 65, Kirk Lowry (1988-1992)
9. 64, Jim Turner (1982-1986)
64, Mark McDonald (2004-2008)
Walker Returns: Junior forward Dockery Walker (Magnolia, DE) returns after missing all of last season due to injury. He scored six points vs. Binghamton in Brown's season opener, connecting on all three of his shots from the field. 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.
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.
Rafael Maia – Ivy League's Leading Rebounder: Junior Rafael Maia (Sao Paulo, Brazil) opened the season with a dominating performance against Binghamton, scoring 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while grabbing nine rebounds. Last year, he led the Ivy League in rebounding with 7.5 per game. The rugged Brazilian, who played for his country 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 a year ago, 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.
Freshmen Impress: Brown had four freshmen play 15 or more minutes in its season opening win over Binghamton. Freshman point guard Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD) started and had nine points and three assists in 24 minutes; freshman forward Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX) also started and scored six points and grabbed five rebounds in 36 minutes; freshman forward Leland King (Inglewood, CA) netted six points and pulled down three rebounds, while playing 15 minutes; and freshman guard Matty Madigan (Winston Salem, NC) saw 20 minutes of play, scoring two points and making four steals.
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.
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Next Game: Brown is back in action again on Saturday, November 16, traveling to Fairfield, Connecticut to face Sacred Heart. Game time is 2:00 pm at the William H. Pitt Center.