Providence, R.I. - Off to its best Ivy League start in 10 years, the second place Brown men's basketball team will challenge first place Harvard in Boston on Friday, February 7, and then head up to Hanover, New Hampshire to battle much improved Dartmouth on Saturday, February 8. Watch all the action on the Ivy League Digital Network or listen to Scott Cordischi and Russ Tyler '71 call the play on WPRV AM 790.
Bear Facts: The Bears are off to their best start in the Ivy League since Brown's 2003-2004 team, with current coach Mike Martin, opened with a 3-1 Ivy mark…Sean McGonagill '14 ranks 8th nationally with 3.5 treys per game and is the Ivy League's top scorer (18.5 ppg)… Freshman Steven Spieth was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week after scoring a career high 18 points vs. Cornell… Rafael Maia '15 is tied for the Ivy League lead in rebounding with 8.5 rpg. He had his 7th career double-double vs. Columbia with 18 points and 12 rebounds.…Cedric Kuakumensah '16 leads the Ivy League and ranks 23rd in the nation with 2.8 blocked shots per game… Brown ranks 12th nationally in field goal percentage defense (.383) and seventh nationally in three-point field goal defense (.280)…Three different Brown freshmen have earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors – Steven Spieth (twice), Norman Hobbie (three times) and Leland King… Freshman Tavon Blackmon's seven assists vs. Yale tied his career high. His 3.5 assists per game are fifth in the Ivies.
McGonagill 2nd In Brown Career Treys: First team All-Ivy guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL) ranks fourth on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,446 career points, and is the Ivy League's leading scorer with 18.5 points per game. He has scored 20 or more points 20 times in his Brown career. McGonagill has 477 career assists, third in the Brown record book and 14th in Ivy history. His 219 career treys are second all-time at Brown and 17th in the Ivy record book. McGonagill leads the Ivy League and ranks 7th nationally with 3.7 treys per game. He also has 118 career steals, 10th in the Brown record book. McGonagill was named the Ivy League Player of the Week after he exploded for 29 points vs. Yale on 8-of-11 shooting from the field, including 7-of-9 from beyond the three point arc. His seven treys are a career high and eighth in the Brown record book. He was Brown's top scorer in Brown's first game vs. Yale with 17 points. McGonagill tossed in a game high 23 points in Brown's win over New Hampshire. He also netted a team high 24 points vs. URI on 9-of-18 shooting from the field. He scored 19 points against Niagara, hitting five treys, and tossed in 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 vs. 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. 219, Sean McGonagill (2010-2013)
3. 1,597 Jason Forte (2001-05) 3. 215, Brian Lloyd (1992-1996)
4. 1,446 Sean McGonagill (2010-present) 4. 201, Rick Lloyd (1988-1992)
5. 1,361 Peter Sullivan (2007-11) 5. 165, Mark McAndrew (2004-2008)
6. 1,344 Alai Nuualiitia (1999-03) 165, Matt Sullivan (2009-2013)
7. 1,331 Mike Cingiser (1959-62) 7. 159, Adrian Williams (2007-2011)
8. 1,328 Marcus Thompson (1985-89) 8. 158, Earl Hunt (1999-2003)
9. 1,319 Joe Tebo (1955-58) 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
2013-14 333 63 64
TOTAL 1,446 219 477
The Brown vs. Harvard Series Record – 169th Meeting: Brown and Harvard have met 168 times, dating back to the 1900-1901 season, with the Crimson holding a 94-74 series advantage. Harvard has won eight straight games over the Bears, including an 89-82 double-overtime win in Cambridge on 2/2/13 and a 65-47 win in Providence on 2/22/13. The Bears' last win over the Crimson came on 3/6/09 when Brown earned a 61-59 decision over Harvard in Providence.
The Brown vs. Dartmouth Series Record – 145th Meeting: Brown and Dartmouth will be meeting for the 145th time, dating back to 1901-1902, with the Big Green holding a 76-68 series advantage. Brown has won eight of the last nine meetings, including a sweep last year, 62-50 in Hanover on 2/1/13, and 59-50 in Providence on 2/23/13. Dartmouth last defeated the Bears, 58-53, on 2/18/02.
Maia Named To Capital One Academic All-District Team: Brown junior forward Rafael Maia (Sao Paulo, Brazil) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District Men's Basketball Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). His name will be placed on the national ballot for Academic All-American consideration.
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.
Spieth Earns Ivy Rookie Of The Week Honors: Freshman forward Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX) was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week for the second time after leading Brown to wins over Cornell and Columbia. His career high 18 points vs. Cornell came on near perfect 5-of-5 shooting from the field and 8-of-9 shooting from the free throw line. Spieth has started all 18 games for the Bears at small forward and is averaging 31.2 minutes per game. His 5.5 rebounds per game are 12th in the Ivy League. Spieth had a big game vs. Yale with nine points, seven rebounds and five assists in the win over the Bulldogs. He tossed in 11 points vs. Daniel Webster, while grabbing seven rebounds, and scored seven points and pulled down a team high eight rebounds in Brown's win over New Hampshire. Spieth was named the Ivy Rookie of the Week after scoring 11 points against Niagara, while grabbing five rebounds and handing out four assists. He pulled down a career high nine rebounds against Northwestern. He scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds vs. Albany. 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.
Mike Martin Radio Show: The Mike Martin Coach's Radio Show will be broadcast every Wednesday throughout the season, from 6-7 pm on WPRV AM-790. The Mike Martin Radio Show, hosted by Scott Cordischi, can also be accessed on Brownbears.com.
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.
Rafael Maia – Tied For Ivy Rebounding Lead: Junior Rafael Maia (Sao Paulo, Brazil), the Ivy League's top rebounder a year ago with 7.5 per game, is tied for the lead in Ivy rebounding in 2014 with 8.5 per game. He led the Bears to a win over Columbia with 18 points and 12 rebounds, registering a double-double for the seventh time in his career. He also hit 2-of-2 treys against the Lions. Maia stepped up in Brown's first meeting with Yale with a double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. He pulled down a game high 11 rebounds vs. URI and has led the Bears in rebounding in 11 of 16 games. His 51-percent shooting from the field (62-of-122) is eighth in the Ivy League. Maia registered a double-double vs. Niagara with 10 points and 10 rebounds. He pulled down a game high 11 rebounds vs. Northwestern, and 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. 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, 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 – Third in Ivy Treys: Freshman guard Norman Hobbie (Spring Lake, NJ) ranks third in the Ivy League with 2.2 treys per game, and ranks fourth in the Ivies in three-point field goal percentage, knocking down 38-of-83 treys (.458). Hobbie connected on six-of-nine treys in scoring 18 points against Cornell. He scored 14 points in Brown's first meeting with Yale, connecting on 4-of-8 treys. Hobbie earned his first collegiate start and exploded for a career high 20 points vs. Daniel Webster on 6-of-13 shooting from behind the three-point arc, while grabbing four rebounds. Hobbie added eight points vs. New Hampshire to be named the Ivy Rookie of the Week for the third time this season. Hobbie was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second time after scoring 13 points against URI, connecting on four treys, while grabbing a career high four rebounds. He exploded for a then 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.
Kuakumensah – Leads Ivy League In Blocks: Sophomore forward Cedric Kuakumensah (Worcester, MA) ranks sixth in the Ivy League in rebounding with 6.3 per game. He 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 117 career blocked shots rank third on Brown's career list and 22nd in Ivy history, while his 2.8 blocked shots per game this year leads the Ivy League and rank 19th nationally. He scored 13 points in Brown's win over Columbia. Kuakumensah blocked five shots in the Bears' win over New Hampshire. He scored 10 points and pulled down six rebounds 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. 117, Cedric Kuakumensah (2012-2013)
4. 104, Andrew McCarthy (2009-2011)
5. 93, Stark Langs (1981-1985)
Walker – Third In Ivy FG Shooting: Junior forward Dockery Walker (Magnolia, DE) returns after missing all of last season due to injury, and is Brown's third leading scorer with 8.1 points per game. He ranks third in the Ivy League in field goal percentage (.543), and 14th in the league in rebounding with 5.2 per game. Walker scored 10 points in Brown's win over Yale on 5-of-6 shooting from the field. He put together a 17-point, nine rebound performance against Daniel Webster, where he connected on 8-of-14 field goals. He earned his first start of the season vs. New Hampshire, and responded with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field, while grabbing six rebounds. Walker netted seven points and grabbed eight rebounds vs. Niagara, and scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds vs. Albany. 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 score 11 points vs. Sacred Heart, hitting 5-of-6 field goals, while grabbing five rebounds…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.
Blackmon Ranks Fifth In Ivy League Assists: Freshman point guard Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD) ranks fifth in the Ivy League in assists with 3.5 per game. Blackmon is third on the Brown team in scoring with 8.1 points per game. He handed out seven assists, while scoring seven points, in Brown's win over Yale. Despite foul trouble, Blackmon scored nine points in Brown's first meeting with Yale on 3-of-5 shooting from the field. Blackmon scored a career high 14 points vs. New Hampshire on 6-of-8 shooting from the field, including 2-of-2 from beyond the three-point arc. He had an 11-point performance against URI, and dished out five assists while scoring five points vs. Niagara. Blackmon registered then 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. 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 6.9 points per game, scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field against Daniel Webster, all in the second half. He 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, who had eight points vs. Cornell, 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. He grabbed seven rebounds in a win over New Hampshire.
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 returns home to the Pizzitola Sports Center next weekend with a Valentine's Day match-up with Princeton on Friday, February 14 at 7pm, followed by a Saturday, February 15 game against Penn at 6pm.