Provience, R.I. - Coach Mike Martin's Brown men's basketball team is heading to the Nation's Capital to face American University on Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 pm. The Bears, playing their sixth road game of the young season, come into the contest with a 5-2 record and are off to their best start in 12 years.
The Records: After playing five straight road games, Brown returned home and improved to 5-2 overall with a 72-61 win over Central Connecticut last Saturday at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Sean McGonagill '14 scored 18 points, while Rafael Maia '15 had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears. American (3-4) earned its second straight win with a 76-53 victory over Howard on Wednesday evening behind Tony Wroblicky's 23 points and 12 rebounds.
The Brown vs. American Series Record: Brown and American have met eight times, dating back to the 1970-1971 season, with the series tied, 4-4. American has won the last four games, including a 70-61 decision on 1/2/12 in Providence. Brown's last win over the Eagles was a 68-55 victory on 1/4/08 in Providence.
Bear Facts: Brown two losses have come against Rhode Island opponents (Providence and Bryant), having a chance to win each game in the final seconds. The Bears have earned wins over schools based outside of Rhode Island, including Binghamton (NY), Sacred Heart (CT), UMass-Lowell (MA) and Longwood (VA)…Brown is off to its best start in 12 years when the 2001-2002 Brown team also posted a 5-2 record to open the season. Bears head coach Mike Martin was a sophomore on the 2001-2002 team that posted a 17-10 overall record…Brown received votes in the latest College Insider Mid-Major National Poll.
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 has scored 1,249 career points, 12th best in Brown basketball history. His 433 career assists rank third in the Brown record book, while his 182 career treys are fourth all-time at Brown. McGonagill, the Ivy League's leading scorer with 19.7 points per game, ranks 10th nationally in treys with 3.71 per game. He was recently named the Ivy League Player of the Week for his play against Providence and Sacred Heart. McGonagill 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. He scored 20 points vs. Longwood and 18 points vs. Bryant. 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. 182, 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. 1,249 Sean McGonagill (2010-present)
14. 1,241 Phil Brown (1972-75)
1,241 Peter Moss (1977-80)
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)
Sean McGonagill Career Points Career Treys Career Assists
2010-11 329 39 147
2011-12 392 56 157
2012-13 392 61 109
2013-14 136 26 20
TOTAL 1,249 182 433
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 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 at Penn for six years leading up to being named Brown's head coach.
Kuakumensah – Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year: Sophomore forward Cedric Kuakumensah (Worcester, MA) turned into the premier defensive player in the Ivy League in his first season at Brown by blocking a school 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. Currently, his 87 blocked shots rank sixth on Brown's career list, while his 3.0 blocked shots per game this year leads the Ivy League. Kuakumensah, who had 10 rebounds vs. Central Connecticut, scored 14 points and pulled down four rebounds against Providence. Kuakumensah netted 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots vs. Bryant. 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 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. 87, 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)
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 seven games and pulled down a season best eight rebounds against UMass-Lowell. A strong defensive player, who presents match-up problems for opponents, scored a season high eight points against Central Connecticut.
Walker Returns: Junior forward Dockery Walker (Magnolia, DE) returns after missing all of last season due to injury. He scored all of his 10 points in the second half vs. Central Connecticut, while grabbing six rebounds. 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 fifth in the Ivy League in field goal percentage hitting 19-of-33 field goals (.576). 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. His 8.7 rebounds per game this season rank second in the Ivy League. He registered a double-double against Central Connecticut with 13 points, on 5-of-6 shooting from the field, while grabbing 10 rebounds. 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 had eight points and seven rebounds in Brown's win over Longwood and netted 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds against Bryant. 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 leads Ivy League In 3-Point FG Pct.: Freshman guard Norman Hobbie (Spring Lake, NJ) leads the Ivy League in three-point field goal percentage, knocking down 14-of-23 treys (.609). He 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 Ranks Second In Ivy League Assists: Freshman point guard Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD) ranks second the Ivy League in assists with 3.9 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.
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.
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 his play in 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, who had 10 points in Brown's win over Central Connecticut, ranks 14th in the Ivy League with 5.0 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 plays its final game of the fall semester on Tuesday, December 10, hosting Albany at the Pizzitola Sports Center, starting at 7:00 pm. Following the game, the Bears will be idle for exams until a December 22 matchup with Northwestern in Evanston, IL.