Providence, R.I. - Brown renews its cross state rivalry with Bryant University on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 27, in Smithfield, R.I. Coach Mike Martin's men's basketball team (4-1) is riding a three game winning streak and is playing it's fifth straight game on the road. Tip-off at the Chace Athletic Center is 4:00 pm.
The Records: Brown improved its record to 4-1 on the young season with an 81-69 road win over Longwood last Friday. The last time Brown won four of its first five games was 2001-2002 when the Bears opened up with a 5-1 mark. Senior Sean McGonagill scored 20 points, while freshman Leland King scored 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked four shots for the Bears. The Bears will be playing their fourth straight game on the road against Bryant (3-2), who is coming off a 60-55 win over New Hampshire on Sunday.
The Brown – Bryant Series Record – 13th Meeting: Brown and Bryant have met 12 times, dating back to 1985-86, with the Bears holding an 11-1 series advantage over the Bulldogs. Last year, Bryant earned its first win in the series with a 68-61 win over the Bears at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Cedric Kuakumensah had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Bears, while Dyami Starks netted 25 points for the Bulldogs. Brown earned a 67-60 victory over the Bulldogs on 1/23/12 at the Chace Athletic Center in Smithfield, R.I.
King Named Ivy Rookie of the Week: Brown freshman forward Leland King (Inglewood, CA) was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after a breakout week where he averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds per game and led the Bears to road victories over UMass-Lowell and Longwood.
All-Ivy Sean McGonagill Leads Ivy League In Scoring: 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 who scored 20 points vs. Longwood, climbed over the 1,200 point scoring mark at Brown, now with 1,213 career points, 14th best in Brown basketball history. His 420 career assists rank third in the Brown record book, while his 174 career treys are fourth all-time at Brown. McGonagill, the Ivy league's leading scorer with 20.0 points per game, was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for his play against Providence and Sacred Heart. He scored 14 of his game high 23 points in the second half to lead the Bears over Sacred Heart, while also making a career high five steals. He tried to give the Bears an upset win over Providence, by hitting a trey with nine seconds remaining to put Brown within two points, stealing the inbounds pass and taking a three-point attempt with three seconds remaining that just fell off the front rim. He scored 14 of his game high 21 points in the second half against the Friars. 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. 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.
Brown's 1,000 Point Scorers – Top 20 Brown All-Time Career 3-Pointers Made
1. 2,041 Earl Hunt (1999-03) 1. 232, Damon Huffman (2004-2008)
2. 1,668 Arnie Berman (1969-72) 2. 215, Brian Lloyd (1992-1996)
3. 1,597 Jason Forte (2001-05) 3. 201, Rick Lloyd (1988-1992)
4. 1,361 Peter Sullivan (2007-2011) 4. 174, Sean McGonagill (2010-2013)
5. 1,344 Alai Nuualiitia (1999-03) 5. 165, Mark McAndrew (2004-2008)
6. 1,331 Mike Cingiser (1959-62) 165, Matt Sullivan (2009-2013)
7. 1,328 Marcus Thompson (1985-89) 7. 159, Adrian Williams (2007-2011)
8. 1,319 Joe Tebo (1955-58) 8. 158, Earl Hunt (1999-2003)
9. 1,306 Damon Huffman (2004-08) 9. 144, by Tucker Halpern (2009-2013)
10. 1,294 Rick Lloyd (1988-92) 10. 143, Mike Martin (2000-2004)
11. 1,288 Brian Saunders (1974-77)
12. 1,241 Phil Brown (1972-75)
1,241 Peter Moss (1977-80)
14. 1,213 Sean McGonagill (2010-present)
15. 1,190 Chuck Savage (1988-92)
16. 1,165 Mike Waitkus (1982-86)
17. 1,147 Lou Murgo (1951-55)
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. 422, by Sean McGonagill (2010-present)
4. 380, by Eric Blackiston (1992-96)
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 2005-06 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. His 81 blocked shots also rank sixth on Brown's career list. Kuakumensah, who had five blocks and eight rebounds vs. Longwood, scored 14 points and pulled down four rebounds against Providence. He 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.
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. 81, Cedric Kuakumensah (2012-2013)
7. 77, Anthony Katsaros (1984-1988)
8. 65, Kirk Lowry (1988-1992)
9. 64, Jim Turner (1982-1986)
64, Mark McDonald (2004-2008)
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.
Spieth At The Swing Position: Freshman forward Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX) started and scored six points and grabbed five rebounds in 36 minutes in the Bears season opening win over Binghamton. He's started all five games and pulled down a season best eight rebounds against UMass-Lowell.
Walker Returns: Junior forward Dockery Walker (Magnolia, DE) returns after missing all of last season due to injury. Walker put together an outstanding performance against UMass-Lowell, scoring 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, while grabbing nine rebounds. He ranks second in the Ivy League in field goal percentage hitting 17-of-26 field goals (.654). Walker had a big game against Providence, with 11 points and four rebounds, and came back to scored 11 points vs. Sacred Heart, hitting 5-of-six field goals, while grabbing five rebounds. 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 grabbing 17 rebounds. Walker, who started 19 games, was Brown's second leading rebounder with 4.6 rebounds per game.
Rafael Maia – Ivy League's Leading Rebounder: Junior Rafael Maia (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was the Ivy League's top rebounder a year ago with 7.5 per game. Maia just missed a double-double in Brown's win over UMass-Lowell, scoring nine points and grabbing 14 rebounds. He scored 16 points and pulled down nine rebounds in Brown's win over Sacred Heart, connecting on 5-of-8 field goals. Maia opened the season with a dominating performance against Binghamton, scoring 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while grabbing nine rebounds. He eight points and seven rebounds in Brown's win over Longwood. 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.
Hobbie Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week: Freshman guard Norman Hobbie (Spring Lake, NJ), who hit his first career trey against Providence, exploded for a career best 14 points vs. Sacred Heart, hitting 5 of 6 field goals, including 4-of-5 from behind the three-point arc, and was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week. Not resting on his laurels, Hobbie tossed in 14 points against UMass-Lowell, connecting on 4-of-7 treys and 2-of-2 free throws. He came back with four more treys in scoring 12 points vs. Longwood.
Blackmon Earns Starting Role: Freshman point guard Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD) leads the Ivy League in assists with 3.8 per game. Blackmon started and had nine points and three assists in 24 minutes in Brown's season opening win over Binghamton, and is a fixture in the Bears' starting lineup. He had 10 points vs. Sacred Heart, and registered seven points and six assists vs. UMass-Lowell.
King Earns Ivy Rookie of the Week Honors: Freshman forward Leland King (Inglewood, CA) came off the bench to record his first career double-double vs. UMass-Lowell, scoring a career high 12 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, while grabbing 12 rebounds. He came back to score a new career high 18 points vs. Longwood, while grabbing eight rebounds, and was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week for the wins over Longwood and UMass-Lowell. In Brown's season opening win over Binghamton, King netted six points and pulled down three rebounds, while playing 15 minutes. King ranks 10th in the Ivy League with 5.4 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 home after five straight road games for a matinee match-up against Central Connecticut on Saturday, November 30. Tip-off is 2:00 pm at the Pizzitola Sports Center.