March 5, 2009
Providence, Rhode Island -
The Brown men's basketball team will close out its 2008-2009 season at home this weekend, hosting Harvard and Dartmouth on Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Head coach Jesse Agel and the Brown Basketball Family will honor its four seniors in pre-game ceremonies Saturday evening, prior to the Dartmouth game. Seniors Scott Friske and Chris Skrelja will be completing their four-year Brown playing careers, while the Bears will also recognize senior managers David Caruolo and Aaron Jimenez.
Brown's losses to Dartmouth (63-61 ot) and Harvard (64-63) earlier this year marked the first time since the 1978-79 season that Brown had lost two games on an Ivy weekend by just three points.
Skrelja's 252 career assists are seven short of 10th place and the 259 assists by Marcus Becker from 2003-2007. He is the Ivy League's second leading rebounder with 6.9 per game. Friske was leading the Ivy League in rebounding with 7.6 rpg. in league games, but has missed Brown's last four games due to illness. He is not expected to play this weekend.
Junior center Matt Mullery blocked eight shots in games against Princeton and Penn last week, and recently established a new Brown record for blocked shots in a single season, now with 52 blocks for the year. He eclipsed the previous mark of 42 blocked shots by Jamie Kilburn `04 in 2003-2004. Mullery, who has 108 career blocked shots, is also challenging the Brown career mark for blocked shots, held by Alai Nuualiitia '03, who blocked 119 shots from 1999-2003. Mullery, the Ivy League's fourth leading scorer (15.9 ppg.), tossed in a career high 27 points in Brown's first game with Harvard.
Sophomore forward Peter Sullivan, who played all 80 minutes this weekend, scored in double figures for the 21st time this season, netting 21 points against Princeton, while grabbing seven rebounds. He has played 40 or more minutes nine times this season, including four of Brown's last five games. Sophomore guard Garrett Leffelman scored a career high nine points vs. Penn last week..