Providence, R.I. - Brown's men's basketball opens the new year with a 6pm match-up on Thursday, January 2 against cross-state rival URI in the 155th meeting between the two Ocean State teams. The game time has been moved to 6pm to allow fans for both teams to avoid the heavier snow due Thursday evening.
The Records: Brown (6-5) closed out calendar year 2013 with a 68-65 loss at Niagara, despite 19 points from Sean McGonagill '14 and a Rafael Maia '15 double-double (10 pts, 10 reb.). URI (7-6) dropped a 77-64 decision to So. Mississippi at home on Saturday. EC Matthews and Xavier Munford scored 17 points each for the Rams.
The Brown-Rhody Series Record -155th Meeting: Brown and URI have met 154 times, dating back to 1909-1910, with the Rams holding a 101-53 series advantage over the Bears. Last year, URI captured a 59-47 decision over the Bears at the Ryan Center on 1/4/13.. Two years ago, Sean McGonagill '14 scored 19 points to lead Brown to a 65-56 win over URI at the Pizzitola Sports Center on 11/30/11.
Heather Abbott To Present Game Ball: Newport's Heather Abbott, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, will be presenting the game ball to officials for the opening tip-off prior to Thursday's (January 2) game between Brown and URI at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Abbott has been an inspiration for Rhode Island and the nation following the Boston Marathon bombing.
Bear Facts: Freshman forward Steven Spieth was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after scoring a career high 11 points, grabbing five rebounds and handing out four assists against Niagara last week…Sean McGonagill '14 ranks 7th nationally with 3.64 treys per game and is the Ivy League's top scorer (18.6 ppg)…Cedric Kuakumensah '16, the Ivy Defensive Player of the Year, leads the Ivy League and ranks 20th nationally with 3.0 blocked shots per game…The Bears posted a 17-15 record in calendar year 2013…Brown has featured the same starting lineup (McGonagill, Blackmon, Maia, Kuakumensah and Spieth) in all 11 games.
All-Ivy Sean McGonagill Enters Top 10 In Brown Career Scoring: At the head of the class in
Brown's backcourt is first team All-Ivy guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL), a 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 1,318 career points, 9th best in Brown basketball history. His 446 career assists rank third in the Brown record book, while his 196 career treys are fourth all-time at Brown and 25th in the Ivy record book. He also ranks 7th in the nation in minutes played (37.6 per game). McGonagill leads the Ivy League and ranks 11th nationally with 3.6 treys per game. He also has 110 career steals. McGonagill, the Ivy League's leading scorer with 18.6 points per game, scored 19 points against Niagara last week, hitting five treys. He recently scored 16 points against Northwestern and 22 points vs. Albany. He was 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 All-Time Top Scorers – Top 10 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. 196, 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. 1,318 Sean McGonagill (2010-present) 9. 144, by Tucker Halpern (2009-2013)
10. 1,306 Damon Huffman (2004-08) 10. 143, Mike Martin (2000-2004)
Sean McGonagill Career Points Career Treys Career Assists
2010-11 329 39 147
2011-12 392 56 157
2012-13 392 61 109
2013-14 205 40 33
TOTAL 1,318 196 446
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 – 4th In Brown Career Blocks: 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 96 blocked shots rank fourth on Brown's career list, while his 3.0 blocked shots per game this year leads the Ivy League and rank 18th nationally. His 7.4 rebounds per game this season rank fourth in the Ivy League. He scored 10 points and pulled down six rebounds in Sunday's game against Northwestern. 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. 99, Cedric Kuakumensah (2012-2013)
5. 93, Stark Langs (1981-1985)
McGonagill Named Senior Class Award Candidate - Brown senior guard Sean McGonagill was selected as one of 30 NCAA® men's basketball student-athletes as candidates for the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award®. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
Steven Spieth Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week: Freshman forward Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX) has started all 11 games for the Bears at small forward, averaging over 30 minutes per game. Spieth was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week last week after scoring a career high 11 points in Sunday's game against Niagara, while grabbing five rebounds and handing out four assists. He pulled down a career high nine rebounds against Northeastern, while his 5.5 rebounds per game are 13th in the Ivy League. He scored 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, and is Brown's third leading scorer with 8.5 points per game. Walker ranks second in the Ivy League in field goal percentage hitting 34-of-60 field goals (.567). He netted seven points and grabbed eight rebounds vs. Niagara. Walker, who scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds vs. Albany, ranks 15th in the Ivy League in rebounding with 5.3 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. 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 – 2nd In Ivy Rebounding: Junior Rafael Maia (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was the Ivy League's top rebounder a year ago with 7.5 per game, is averaging 8.1 rebounds per game this season to rank second in the Ivy League. His 50-percent shooting from the field (42-of-84) is 9th in the Ivy League. He has led the Bears in rebounding in six of 11 games this season. Maia registered his second double-double of the season vs. Niagara with 10 points and 10 rebounds. He pulled down a game high 11 rebounds last week vs. Northwestern. 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 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 15-of-29 treys (.517). 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 Third In Ivy League Assists: Freshman point guard Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD) has started all 11 games and ranks third in the Ivy League in assists with 3.7 per game. Blackmon dished out five assists while scoring five points vs. Niagara, and scored eight points vs. Northwestern. Blackmon registered 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 31.3 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 7.9 points per game, came off the bench to record his first career double-double vs. UMass-Lowell, scoring a then 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. King scored five points and grabbed six rebounds against Niagara. 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: The Bears are off this weekend and will be back in action again with a midweek home game against New Hampshire on Tuesday, January 7 at the Pizzitola Sports Center, with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 pm.