Providence, R.I. - Brown returns to the hardwood after a 12-day hiatus due to final exams, traveling to the midwest to face Northwestern on Sunday, December 22 at 1:00 pm CST. Head coach Mike Martin's team has posted a 6-3 overall record and will face the Wildcats in Evanston, IL. The game can be heard on WPRV AM-790, or viewed on BTN.com.
The Records: Brown (6-3) has been off for the last 12 days for final exams after dropping a 74-68 decision to Albany on 12/10 in a game reminiscent of the opening weeks of the season with 59 fouls called and 79 free throw attempts. Sean McGonagill '14 netted a game high 22 point. Northwestern (6-5) is coming off an 86-64 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Monday. The Wildcats are 5-1 this season in Evanston.
The Brown-Northwestern Series Record: Brown and Northeastern have met seven times, dating back to 1961-62, with the Wildcats holding a 5-2 series advantage over the Bears. Northwestern has captured the last two meetings, including a 63-42 decision last year in Evanston. Brown's last win over the Wildcats came on 11/27/07, earning a 73-67 victory at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Bear Facts: Northwestern will be coming to Providence next year to battle the Bears at the Pizzitola Sports Center…Sean McGonagill '14 is the Ivy League's leader in scoring (18.9 ppg) and 3-point field goals (3.6 per game). He scored a game high 20 points in last year's game against Northwestern…Brown Athletics ranked number one in the nation in NCAA Division I Graduation Success Rate with a GSR of 99-percent…Cedric Kuakumensah '16, the Ivy League leader in blocked shots, had five blocks, 12 points and seven rebounds vs. Albany…Freshmen Tavon Blackmon (12 pts.) and Steven Spieth (10 pts.) both had career scoring highs against Albany…The Bears have had the same starting five in each of their opening nine games.
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 1,283 career points, 12th best in Brown basketball history. His 442 career assists rank third in the Brown record book, while his 188 career treys are fourth all-time at Brown. He also has 109 career steals. McGonagill is the Ivy League's leading scorer with 18.9 points per game and is coming off a 22-point performance against Albany. 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. 2012-13: 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, 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 (2007-11) 4. 188, 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. 1,283 Sean McGonagill (2010-present)
13. 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 (2006-10)
19. 1,133 Rusty Tyler (1968-71)
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
2013-14 170 32 29
TOTAL 1,263 188 438
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 89 blocked shots rank fifth on Brown's career list, while his 3.1 blocked shots per game this year leads the Ivy League. His 7.8 rebounds per game this season rank third in the Ivy League. Kuakumensah netted 12 points, blocked five shots and had seven rebounds vs. Albany, and scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds vs. American. He had 10 rebounds vs. Central Connecticut, and 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. 2012-13: 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)
89, 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 Starts At The Swing Position: Freshman forward Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX), a strong defensive player, has started all nine games for the Bears, averaging nearly 30 minutes per game. His 5.1 rebounds per game are 14th in the Ivy League. He scored a career high 10 points against Albany, while grabbing six rebounds. Spieth scored seven points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out five assists in Brown's win over American. He scored six points and grabbed five rebounds in 36 minutes in the Bears season opening win over Binghamton. Spieth pulled down a season best eight rebounds against UMass-Lowell, and scored eight points against Central Connecticut.
Walker Returns: Junior forward Dockery Walker (Magnolia, DE) returns after missing all of last season due to injury. Walker, who scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds vs. Albany, ranks 14th in the Ivy League in rebounding with 5.1 per game. He scored all of his 10 points in the second half vs. Central Connecticut, while grabbing six rebounds, and had nine points vs. American. Walker put together an outstanding performance against UMass-Lowell, scoring 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, while pulling down nine rebounds. He ranks fifth in the Ivy League in field goal percentage hitting 27-of-50 field goals (.540). 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-6 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. 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 – 4th In Ivy Rebounding: Junior Rafael Maia (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was the Ivy League's top rebounder a year ago with 7.5 per game. His 7.6 rebounds per game this season rank fourth in the Ivy League. Maia led the Bears with 14 points in a win over American on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, including his first trey of the season. 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. 2012-13: 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-24 treys (.583). 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.
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.
Blackmon Ranks Second In Ivy League Assists: Freshman point guard Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD) ranks second in the Ivy League in assists with 3.7 per game. Blackmon has registering career scoring highs in back-to-back games, scoring 12 points vs. Albany after he scored a career high 11 points in Brown's win over American on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. His 31.4 minutes per game are sixth in the Ivy League. 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), who is averaging 8.7 points per game, 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 of 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 had 10 points in Brown's win over Central Connecticut, and tossed in 11 points vs. American.
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 will travel to Niagara, New York, on December 29, for a matinee match-up against the Niagara Purple Eagles. Tip-off is 2:00 pm.