March 14, 2014

Brown Hosts Holy Cross In CollegeInsider.Com Postseason Tournament On Monday

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Providence, R.I. -  The Brown men's basketball team (15-13) will be making its fifth postseason appearance, hosting Holy Cross (19-13) on Monday, March 17 at the Pizzitola Sports Center in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.  The first round battle battle between the Ivy League and Patriot League will tip-off at 7pm and tickets are available online at brownbears.com or by calling 401-863-2773.

 

Welcome to The CIT:  The CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, now in its sixth year, is a 32-team, single-elimination tournament, consisting of five rounds, all games played on on-campus sites, which will be determined by seeding. Second Round games will be played March 21-22; Quarterfinal games on March 24-27; Semifinal games on April 1; and the Championship game on April 3.

 

The Records: Brown completed its regular season with a 15-13 mark, earning the seventh highest win total in Brown basketball history.  Holy Cross posted a 19-13 overall mark this season, its most wins since going 25-9 in 2006-2007.

 

Brown In The Postseason:  Brown is playing at home in the postseason for the first time ever and will be making its fifth postseason appearance.  Brown previously played in the 1939 NCAA Tournament (Final Four) vs. Villanova; the 1986 NCAA Tournament vs. Syracuse; the 2003 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) vs. Virginia; and the 2009 College Basketball Invitational (CBI) vs. Ohio University.

 

The Brown-Holy Cross Series Record – 60th Meeting:  Brown and Holy Cross have met 59 times, dating back to 1900-1901, with the Crusaders holding a 43-16 series advantage. The two teams last met on 12/2/09, with the Crusaders coming out on top, 85-79 in Worcester. Brown's last win came on 11/19/08 when the Bears came away with a 62-57 win in Providence.

 

All-Ivy Bears: Brown senior guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL) earned First Team All-Ivy honors for the second straight year and sophomore forward Cedric Kuakumensah (Worcester, MA) has repeated as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, and was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection, in a vote of the eight Ivy League head basketball coaches. McGonagill was also named an NABC All-District selection.

 

McGonagill – Two-Time First Team All-Ivy: Senior Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL) earned First Team All-Ivy honors for the second straight season and is the eighth player in Brown history to earn first team honors two or more times. McGonagill, who set a single season Brown record with 91 treys, ranks third on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,608 career points, 20th best in Ivy history. He is the Ivy League's second leading scorer with 17.7 points per game and has scored 20 or more points 23 times in his Brown career. McGonagill has connected on a Brown record 247 career treys, sixth best in the Ivy record book. He also leads the Ivy League and ranks 12th nationally with 3.3 treys per game. His 113 career starts broke Brown's all-time record of 110 games started by Alai Nuualiitia between 1999-2003. He also has 519 career assists, second in the Brown record book and 10th in Ivy history, and has 132 career steals, sixth in the Brown record book. McGonagill is coming off a 26 point, eight assists performance against Harvard. 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.     247, Sean McGonagill (2010-2014)

2.     1,668     Arnie Berman (1969-72)                                   2.     232, Damon Huffman (2004-2008)       

3.     1,608     Sean McGonagill (2010-present)                  3.     215, Brian Lloyd (1992-1996) 

3.     1,597     Jason Forte (2001-05)                           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      G/GS               Pts.      FG                   Treys              Assists                        Steals

2010-11                       28/28               329      111                  39                    147                  24

2011-12                       29/29               392      126                  56                    157                  34

2012-13                       28/28               392      139                  61                    109                  36

2013-14                       28/28               495      158                  91                    106                  38

TOTAL                        113/113           1,608   534                  247                  519                  132

 

Brown Record Book - Season Treys           Brown Record Book – Career Assists

1.           91, Sean McGonagill (2013-2014) 1.     577, by Mike Waitkus (1982-86)

2.           82, Damon Huffman (2007-2008)     2.     519, by Sean McGonagill (2010-2014)

3.            77, Patrick Powers (2003-2004)       3.     514, by Jason Forte (2001-2005)

4.            72, Brian Lloyd (1993-1994)                        4.     380, by Eric Blackiston (1992-96)

               72, Mark McAndrew (2006-2007)    5.     379, by Rick Lloyd (1988-92)

 

Brown Record Book – Career Steals         Brown Record Book – Career Field Goals

1.     192, Jason Forte (2001-2005)                 1.     692, by Earl Hunt (1999-2003)
2.     187, Mike Waitkus (1982-1986)             2.     549, by Brian Saunders (1974-77)
3.     175, Alex Bynum (1980-1984)                3.     545, by Phil Brown (1972-75)
4.     152, Marcus Becker (2003-2007)                        4.     534, by Sean McGonagill (2010-2014)
5.     132, Luke Ruscoe (2002-2006)                5.     516, by Arnie Berman (1969-72)

        132, Sean McGonagill (2010-2014)

 

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. As an encore, Martin's Brown team posted a 15-13 record in 2013-2014, posting the seventh highest win total in Brown Basketball history and earning a berth in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. 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- Three-Time Ivy Rookie of the Week: Freshman forward Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX) is a three-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week, who has started all 28 games for the Bears at small forward and is averaging 32.0 minutes per game.  He scored in double figures in each of Brown's last two games – 12 points vs. Dartmouth and 13 points vs. Harvard. His 5.5 rebounds per game are 10th in the Ivy League.  Spieth had a monster game on the road against Penn with 19 points, a career high 12 rebounds, three assists and three steals. He was named the Ivy Rookie of the Week for the second straight week and third time this season after scoring a career high 20 points in Brown's win over Dartmouth.  Spieth was 4-of-8 from the field and 11-of-13 from the free throw line in the win over the Big Green. He scored a then career high 18 points vs. Cornell on near perfect 5-of-5 shooting from the field and 8-of-9 shooting from the free throw line. 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. Spieth pulled down eight rebounds against UMass-Lowell, and scored eight points against Central Connecticut.

Rafael Maia –2-Time Ivy Rebounding Leader: Junior Rafael Maia (Sao Paulo, Brazil) led the Ivy League in rebounding for the second straight season, averaging 8.1 rebounds per game. Maia recorded his eighth career double-double against Dartmouth with 13 points and 10 rebounds. He led the Bears to a win over Columbia with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while knocking down 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 12 of 22 games played. His .478 shooting from the field (77-of-161) 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.

 

Walker – Top Brown Shooter:  Junior forward Dockery Walker (Magnolia, DE) returns after missing all of last season due to injury.  He leads Brown in field goal percentage (.519), and ranks 18th in the league in rebounding with 4.4 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. 

 

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.

 

 

 

Blackmon Ranks Sixth In Ivy League Assists:  Freshman point guard Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD) ranks sixth in the Ivy League in assists with 3.5 per game, and is sixth on the Brown team in scoring with 7.1 points per game. He scored eight points and had seven assists vs. Harvard, and handed out six assists in Brown's win over Penn. Blackmon led the Bears in scoring in Brown's first game against Harvard with 11 points. 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.

 

King – Four-Time Ivy Rookie of the Week:  Freshman forward Leland King (Inglewood, CA) had a statement game in Brown's final regular season game with a career high 27 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots. Add the 18 points and eight rebounds he had the night before against Dartmouth and King was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the fourth time. King, who posted double-figures 11 times time this season, ranks 14th in the Ivy league in rebounding with 5.0 per game, and is Brown's third leading scorer with 9.3 points per game. He was named the Ivy Rookie of the Week for the second straight week and third time this season in starting roles vs. Columbia and Cornell.  He had 12 points and nine rebounds vs. the Lions and came back with career highs of 23 points, 12 rebounds and four assists vs. Cornell.  He was named the Ivy's top weekly rookie after scoring 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, while grabbing five rebounds against Princeton. He earned his first career starting role against Dartmouth and responded with seven points and nine rebounds. He scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field against Daniel Webster, all in the second half. King came off the bench to record his first career double-double vs. UMass-Lowell, scoring 12 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, while grabbing 12 rebounds. He came back to score a 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.

 

Brown Basketball – Top 10 All-Time Winningest Teams (1900-2014)

            Record            Year                Head Coach

1.         19-11                2007-08             Craig Robinson

2.         17-9                  1973-74             J. Gerald Alaimo

            17-10                2001-02             Glen Miller

            17-12                2002-03             Glen Miller

5.         16-4                  1938-39             George E. Allen

            16-11                1985-86             Mike Cingiser

7.         15-4                  1944-45             Charles A. Engle

            15-12                2000-01             Glen Miller

            15-11                2013-14             Mike Martin

10.        14-12                1972-73             J. Gerald Alaimo

            14-12                1974-75             J. Gerald Alaimo

            14-13                2003-04             Glen Miller

Kuakumensah – Two-Time Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year:  Sophomore forward Cedric Kuakumensah (Worcester, MA) was the dominant defensive player in the Ivy League for the second straight year after shattering his own school record with 90 blocked shots, just two short of the Ivy League single season record, and eclipsing his own mark of 66 blocks set last year.  He is the second player in Ivy history to repeat as Defensive Player of the Year. He currently ranks sixth nationally in blocked shots with 3.2 per game. Kuakumensah twice tied his own school record with seven blocked shots in games against Cornell and Penn. His 156 career blocked shots are second all-time at Brown and 12th in the Ivy League record book. Kuakumensah posted double-doubles in four of Brown's last five games, including a brilliant performance against Cornell where he scored a career high 30 points, pulled down a career best 14 rebounds, and blocked a career best seven shots, tying his own mark for single game blocks. His 7.0 rebounds per game rank fourth in the Ivy League, while he scored 8.9 points per game for the Bears. Kuakumensah had 11 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in Brown's final regular season game vs. Harvard. He had back-to-back double-doubles two weeks ago, posting 16 points and 10 rebounds (4 blocks) vs. Penn, and 18 points and 10 rebounds (5 blocks) vs. Princeton.  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. He had 10 rebounds vs. Central Connecticut, and 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.  2012-13:   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 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                                 Brown Single Season Blocked Shots
1.     163, Matt Mullery (2006-2010)                          1.           90, Cedric Kuakumensah (2013-2014)

2.     156, Cedric Kuakumensah (2012-2014)                     2.            66, Cedric Kuakumensah (2012-2013)
3.     119, Alai Nuualiitia (1999-2003)                         2.            59, Matt Mullery (2008-2009)

4.     104, Andrew McCarthy (2009-2011)                   4.            48, Matt Mullery (2009-2010)
5.     93, Stark Langs (1981-1985)                               5.            42, Jamie Kilburn (2003-2004)

 

Ivy League Record Book – Single Season Blocks

1.         92, Brian Gilpin, Dartmouth (1994-1995)

2.         90, Cedric Kuakumensah, Brown (2013-2014)

            90, Chris Young, Princeton (1999-2000)

4.         85, Greg Mangano, Yale (2010-2011)

 
 

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.

 

Hobbie – Eighth in Ivy Treys:  Freshman guard Norman Hobbie (Spring Lake, NJ) ranks eighth in the Ivy League with 1.7 treys per game, and ranks fourth in the Ivies in three-point field goal percentage, knocking down 46-of-107 treys (.430). He scored 10 points last week against Dartmouth. Hobbie connected on 6-of-9 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.

 

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.