Providence, R.I. - Brown will make the trip to Handen, Conn., for its first road game of the season to battle Quinnipiac on Monday, November 13 at TD Bank Sports Center. All the action tips-off at 7:00 pm with the game available on ESPN3 and WPRV-AM 790.
The Bears: Brown (1-0) launched its 112th season of intercollegiate basketball on Saturday with a 106-78 win over Johnson & Wales behind sophomore Brandon Anderson, who connected on 16-of-17 free throws in scoring a career high 21 points. The 106 points scored by Brown rank sixth best in Brown basketball history and are the most points scored since 1987, a 108-78 win over Bryant.
The Bobcats: Quinnipiac (1-0) opened its season on Saturday with a 78-77 win over Dartmouth on Rich Kelly's free throw with 4.3 seconds remaining. Chaise Daniels paced the Bobcats with 21 points.
Brown-Quinnipiac – 10th Meeting: Brown and Quinnipiac have met nine times, dating back to 1998-99, with the Bears holding a 7-2 series advantage. Brown defeated the Bobcats, 66-61, in Providence last year. Quinnipiac's last win over the Bears came on January 11, 2010, an 88-75 victory.
Kiddie Corps: In Brown's season opener against Johnson & Wales, the baby Bears started two freshmen, forwards Matt Dewolf (7 points) and Desmond Cambridge (15 points), a first-year player in sophomore guard Zach Hunsaker (15.0 points), along with sophomores Brandon Anderson (21 points) and forward Joshua Howard (10.0 points).
Obi Okolie – Top Returning Scorer: Junior forward Obi Okolie (Ajax, Ontario), who started 29-of-30 games for the Bears last season, will miss the early part of the season due to injury. He scored in double figures in 16 games, and is Brown's top returning scorer with 9.1 points per game, while averaging 4.0 rebounds per game. He grabbed a career high nine rebounds against Harvard and scored season high 18 points vs. Yale.
Joshua Howard – Bears Top Returning Shooter: Sophomore forward Joshua Howard (Charlotte, NC) opened the season with 10 points and four rebounds vs. Johnson & Wales. He started 22 of 30 games a year ago and ranked fourth in the Ivy League and led Brown in field goal percentage (.518). Howard averaged 8.7 points per game and scored in double figures 11 times, including a career high 20 points against Morgan State.
Brandon Anderson Opens Season With 21 Points: Sophomore Brandon Anderson (Mahwah, NJ) stepped up in Brown's season opener vs. Johnson & Wales with career highs in points (21), steals (4), and rebounds (6), while connecting on 16-of-17 free throws. The 16 free throws made by Anderson rank sixth in Brown basketball history. He will lead the backcourt after a sensational inaugural season, where he started 28 of 30 games and averaged 8.2 points per game. Anderson ranked fifth in the Ivy League with 1.3 steals per game, and poured in a career high 21 points vs. Penn, hitting 5-of-10 field goals and 10-of-11 free throws.
Newcomers in the Front Court: The frontcourt is bolstered with the addition of two talented freshmen, Matt DeWolf (Barrington, RI) and Tamenang Choh (Lowell, MA). DeWolf, who had seven points and six rebounds in his collegiate debut against Johnson & Wales, is a rugged forward, who averaged 10.4 points and 6.3 rebounds as a senior at Northfield Mt. Hermon. Choh stood out in his collegiate debut with eight points, four rebounds and two blocked shots vs. Johnson & Wales. He was an All-ISL selection at the Brooks School and MVP of the NEPSAC Class B Championship.
Okolie, Sullivan and Hunsaker Named Brown Basketball Captains: Brown men's basketball head coach Mike Martin announced that junior Obi Okolie, junior Chris Sullivan and sophomore Zach Hunsaker have been elected tri-captains of the 2017-18 Brown team by a vote of their teammates.
Jason Massey Returns: Senior guard Jason Massey (Cooper City, FL) grabbed six rebounds to go along with three points vs. Johnson & Wales. He returns after a year's hiatus after earning a starting role in 18 of 27 games in 2015-16, and scoring in double figures seven times, including a season high 17 points vs. Maine.
Triplett Earns Playing Time: Senior guard Patrick Triplett (St. Louis, MO) is a fierce defender, who saw action in 23 games last year, scoring a season high 11 points vs. Lyndon State.
Fuller Up: Junior forward Travis Fuller (Encinitas, CA) came off the bench to score a career high 16 points against Johnson & Wales, while grabbing five rebounds. He played in all 30 games last year, earning eight starts, and scored in double figures 11 times, including a career high 14 points against St. Francis-Brooklyn. Fuller, who averaged 7.5 points per game, is Brown's top returning rebounder with 5.7 rebounds per game.
Backcourt Newcomers: Four newcomers will join the Bears' backcourt. Freshman Desmond Cambridge (Nashville, TN) made a splash in his collegiate debut with an alley-oop dunk and 15 points vs. Johnson & Wales. He was the Prep Player of the Year at the Hun School of Princeton, as well as the Trenton Times Player of the Year, and averaged 16.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game as a senior. Sophomore Zach Hunsaker (Orem, UT) had 15 points and four rebounds vs. Johnson & Wales. He was a NJCAA Division-I First Team All-America at Snow College, and the Region 18 Player of the Year. He led the SWAC with an average of 20.4 points per game, and posted a conference-best 92 three-pointers. Freshman George Mawanda-Kalema (Burke, VA) netted three points vs. Johnson & Wales. He was an All-State selection as a senior, averaging 20.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Freshman Jake Shaper (Houston, TX) earned All-Conference honors for three years at the Kinkaid School.
Sullivan Takes Leadership Role: Bears' tri-captain junior guard Chris Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) gained playing time with tenacious defense and played in 25 games, missing five games due to injury. He connected on 12 treys for the season, and had nine points in the Bears' season opener against Cincinnati. He is the third Sullivan brother to play for Brown, following in the footsteps of brothers Peter and Matt.
Head Coach Mike Martin: Former Brown basketball standout Mike Martin '04, the 31st head men's basketball coach in the program's 112-year history, has changed the direction and culture of the program in five years as head coach of the Bears, 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. Martin's 2013-14 team posted a 15-14 overall record and hosted Brown's first-ever postseason game, playing Holy Cross in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament at the Pizzitola Sports Center. In addition, he guided two-time Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year Cedric Kuakumensah, the Ivy League's all-time leader in blocked shots. 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 2000-04. He also helped the Class of 2004 to a school-record 39-17 Ivy League 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 coach at Penn from 2006-12.
Watch The Bears on the Ivy League Network (ILN): All of Brown's home games (except those blacked out by national TV) and its Ivy League away games can be viewed on the Ivy League Network. Available on computer, mobile and tablet devices all without the use of an app., packages for Brown's channel on the Ivy Network are $89.95 for 12 months, $34.95 for four months, $10.95 for one month and $9.95 for a day pass. Packages for the League-wide channel, which features everything the network has to offer, are $119.95 for 12 months, $49.95 for four months and $15.95 for one month.
Bears On The Air: Brown's entire schedule, home and away, 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 http://www.790business.com.
Next Game: The Bears will face St. Francis (NY) in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday, November 19. Tip-off is 1:00 pm.