March 12, 2003

Bears Place Three Players On First Team All-Ivy Men's Basketball Team

March 12, 2003

Three Brown men's basketball players - senior guard Earl Hunt, senior forward Alai Nuualiitia and sophomore guard Jason Forte - have earned First Team All-Ivy honors on the 49th Annual All-Ivy men's basketball team. It marks the first time that a team other than Penn or Princeton has garnered three first team All-Ivy honorees. In addition, it's the first time since 1967-1968 that two teams have accounted for the entire All-Ivy first team.

The trio helped Brown to a second place finish in the Ivy League standings with a 12-2 league mark, setting a new school record for Ivy wins in a season. Brown's 17-11 overall mark matched the school record for victories for the second straight season.

Hunt, the most prolific scorer in Brown basketball history, is the second player in Brown basketball history and 23rd Ivy League player to be named a three-time first team All-Ivy selection. Hunt established a new Brown scoring record with 2,030 career points, fourth best in Ivy League basketball history. He is the first player since 1989 to score 2,000 or more career points.

Hunt led the Ivy League in scoring for the third straight season, averaging 19.4 points per game. He was named a second team Regional All-American for the second straight year, and was named the collegeinsider.com Ivy League MVP.

A three-time Ivy League Player of the Week, Hunt completed his career by scoring 30 or more points 11 times. His 18.9 points per game career scoring average is second in the Brown record book, and he finished second in Brown history with 499 career free throws. He also set a new Brown record with 687 career field goals.

Nuualiitia, the Ivy League's sixth top scorer this year with a 12.8 ppg scoring average, started a record 109 consecutive games for the Bears, representing every game in his Brown career, and ranks 3rd on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,334 career points. He led the Ivy League in field goal percentage for the third straight year, shooting 62 percent from the field (123 of 199), and also led the Ivy League with 1.42 blocked shots per game.

A second team All-Ivy selection as a sophomore, Nuualiitia is second in the Brown record book in single season field goal percentage (.618), while his .557 career field goal percentage (482 of 862) is fourth in Brown history. He finished fifth in free throws made with 358, and his 707 career rebounds is seventh in the Brown record book. He also ranks seventh in Brown career field goals with 482.

Forte emerged as the top point guard in the Ivy League as a flamboyant passer and strong scorer. He ranked second in the Ivy League in assists (5.3 per game) and steals (2.0 per game), and his 149 assists ranks second in Brown history for a single season. Forte also handed out a career high 13 assists vs. Penn, second best in Brown basketball history.

Forte, who averaged 13.0 ppg, fifth best in the Ivy League, exploded for a career high 30 points vs. Princeton as Brown completed a season sweep of the Tigers for the first time ever. He completed the season with a 26-point performance against Harvard.

49th Annual All-Ivy Men's Basketball Team

First Team Earl Hunt - Brown Alai Nuualiitia - Brown Jason Forte - Brown Ugonna Onyekwe - Penn Jeff Schiffner - Penn

Second Team Koko Archibong - Penn Andrew Toole - Penn Brady Merchant - Harvard K'Ron Barnes - Cornell Chris Leanza - Yale

Honorable Mention Judson Wallace - Princeton Kyle Wente - Princeton Ray Robbins - Princeton Elliott Prasse-Freeman - Harvard TJ McHugh - Yale Ed Begley - Penn

Player of the Year - Ugonna Onyekwe - Penn

Rookie of the Year - Lenny Collins - Cornell