Providence, R.I. - Brown returns to the home hardwood, hosting a streaking Central Connecticut team on Saturday, December 2 in a matinee match-up at the Pizzitola Sports Center. All the action tips-off at 2:00 pm in a game featured on the Ivy League Network and WPRV AM790.
The Bears: Brown (4-3) stumbled against URI on Tuesday evening in its third game in four days, falling to the Rams by an 86-62 margin. Sophomore Brandon Anderson (17 points) and freshman Desmond Cambridge (16 points) both scored in double figures for the Bears…. As a team, Brown ranks 32nd nationally in free throw percentage (.776) and fourth nationally in free throws made (159), while Anderson leads the nation in free throws made (70) and attempted (80).
The Blue Devils: Central Connecticut (4-3) is riding a four-game winning streak after a 72-59 win at home against North Carolina A&T on Thursday. The Blue Devils have posted wins over East Carolina (79-68), Coppin St. (74-71) and Cleveland St. (74-73), with losses to Hartford (85-84), Rutgers (71-67) and St. John's (80-55).
The Brown vs. Central Conn. Series Record: Brown and CCSU have met 11 times, dating back to 1989-1990, with Brown holding a 7-4 series advantage. Brown has won the last four meetings, including a 75-58 win last year (12/3/16) in New Britain, Conn. CCSU's last win was on 12/15/12, 86-71, in New Britain, Conn.
Brandon Anderson Leads Nation In Free Throws: Sophomore Brandon Anderson (Mahwah, NJ), the Bears' top scorer with 20.3 points per game, leads the nation in free throws made (70) and attempted (80). Anderson also leads the Ivy League with 4.0 assists per game and steals (11). He has been Brown's go-to player in the early season and has scored 20 or more points in five of Brown's first seven games, including back-to-back career scoring games. Anderson tossed in a team high 17 points against Rhode Island. He posted a career high 24 points vs. LIU-Brooklyn and matched his career high the following day with 24 points vs. Bryant. Anderson connected on 27-of-30 free throws in the two games. He had 12 points and four assists vs. Stony Brook, and scored 21 points, grabbed four rebound and had three assist game against St. Francis Brooklyn. Anderson netted 23 points and five assists in Brown's win over Quinnipiac, and continued his parade to the free throw line by converting 10-of-13 free throws. He stepped up in Brown's season opener vs. Johnson & Wales with 21 points, four steals, and six rebounds, while connecting on 16-of-17 free throws. The 16 free throws made by Anderson rank sixth in Brown basketball history. He had a sensational freshman season, starting 28 of 30 games and averaging 8.2 points per game. Anderson ranked fifth in the Ivy League with 1.3 steals per game.
Joshua Howard – Bears Top Returning Shooter: Sophomore forward Joshua Howard (Charlotte, NC) turned in a complete performance against Quinnipiac with 19 points and six rebounds, tossing in a career high four treys on 4-of-5 shots from beyond the 3-point arc. Howard had eight points and a game high seven rebounds vs. St. Francis Brooklyn. He 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.
Cambridge Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for Second Time: Freshman guard Desmond Cambridge (Nashville, TN) was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season after posting career highs in points, rebounds and blocked shots in games against Stony Brook, LIU Brooklyn and Bryant. He scored a career high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field in Brown's win over Bryant, while blocking three shots, and just missed a double-double vs. LIU-Brooklyn with nine points and a career best nine rebounds. Cambridge had 16 points vs. Rhode Island and has scored in double figures in six of Brown's seven games. He tossed in a then career high 17 points vs. Stony Brook, while blocking a season high three shots. Cambridge netted 10 points, grabbed four rebound against St. Francis Brooklyn. He was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after making a made a splash in his collegiate debut with an alley-oop dunk and 15 points vs. Johnson & Wales. Cambridge came back with 12 points and five rebounds in Brown's win over Quinnipiac. 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.
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.
Obi Okolie Back In The Lineup: Junior tri-captain forward Obi Okolie (Ajax, Ontario), who started 29-of-30 games for the Bears last season, returned to the lineup against Stony Brook after missing Brown's first three games. He scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds against the Seawolves. He came back with 11 points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field vs. LIU-Brooklyn. Last year, 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 a season high 18 points vs. Yale.
Jason Massey Returns: Senior guard Jason Massey (Cooper City, FL) has been a sparkplug coming off the bench for the Bears and scored a season high 12 points vs. LIU-Brooklyn on 6-of-7 shooting from the field. Massey scored eight points vs. Rhode Island on 4-of-5 shooting from the field. He grabbed six rebounds to go along with three points in Brown's season opener vs. Johnson & Wales, and added three assists vs. Quinnipiac and three points vs. St. Francis Brooklyn. 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.
Fuller Up: Junior forward Travis Fuller (Encinitas, CA), Brown's top rebounder with 6.9 per game, posted a double-double vs. LIU-Brooklyn, scoring 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field, while grabbing a career high 11 rebounds. Fuller had six points and two rebounds vs. St. Francis Brooklyn, and pulled down 10 rebounds in Brown's win over Quinnipiac. He pulled down nine rebounds against Stony Brook, while adding five points. Fuller scored a career high 16 points against Johnson & Wales, while grabbing five rebounds. Last year, Fuller played in all 30 games, earning eight starts, and scored in double figures 11 times, including 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.
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 has started four games for the Bears and registered four points and five rebounds vs. Rhode Island. He had seven points and six rebounds in his collegiate debut against Johnson & Wales, pulled down four rebounds vs. Quinnipiac and grabbed five rebounds vs. Bryant. DeWolf is a rugged forward, who averaged 10.4 points and 6.3 rebounds as a senior at Northfield Mt. Hermon. Choh, who has started three games for the Bears, had a strong game vs. Rhode Island with eight points and a team high six rebounds. He stood out in his collegiate debut with eight points, four rebounds and two blocked shots vs. Johnson & Wales. He came back with seven points and six rebounds in Brown's win over Quinnipiac. Choh was an All-ISL selection at the Brooks School and MVP of the NEPSAC Class B Championship.
Hunsaker Breaks Out: Sophomore tri-captain guard Zach Hunsaker (Orem, UT) is averaging 11.1 points per game and exploded for a career high 21 points vs. Bryant, connecting on 5-of-10 treys.He scored 12 points with four rebounds against Stony Brook, and tossed in 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field vs. St. Francis Brooklyn, while adding a season high seven rebounds. Hunsaker had 15 points and four rebounds in his debut vs. Johnson & Wales, and added six points and three assists vs. Quinnipiac. He was a NJCAA Division-I First Team All-America at Snow College, and the Region 18 Player of the Year. Hunsaker led the SWAC with an average of 20.4 points per game, and posted a conference-best 92 three-pointers.
More Backcourt Newcomers: Freshman George Mawanda-Kalema (Burke, VA) netted three points vs. Johnson & Wales, but will be sidelined for the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery. He was an All-State selection as a senior, averaging 20.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game at Episcopal High School. 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) tossed in five points and grabbed two rebounds in the Bears' win over Quinnipiac, and added treys against St. Francis Brooklyn and Stony Brook. Last year, Sullivan 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 '11 and Matt '13.
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.
Head Coach Mike Martin: Former Brown basketball standout Mike Martin '04, the 31st head men's basketball coach in the program's 111-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.
Next Game: Brown will make the trip to Downtown Providence for the 123rd meeting against the Providence College Friars on Wednesday, December 6. Tip-off is 7:00 pm at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. In a game televised by Fox Sports 2.