Providence, RI - Off to it best start in 10-years, head coach Jesse Agel's Brown men's basketball will play its second home game of the season, hosting St. Francis (NY) on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 24, starting at 4:00 p.m. at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
Brown's Record: Brown (2-1) is off to its best start in 10 years (200-2001), following an 81-67 win over Sacred Heart. Senior Peter Sullivan scored 26 points to pace the Bears over the Pioneers. Brown's 2000-2001 team opened its season with a 5-1 record and went on to earn a berth in the NIT.
The Terriers: St. Francis has posted a 1-2 record, and is coming off a 70-52 home victory over Howard. The Terriers lost games to Boston College (79-49) and South Florida (74-71).
The Brown-St. Francis (NY) Series Record: The Bears and the Terriers have met four times with St. Francis holding a 3-1 series advantage. Brown defeated the Terriers, 68-64, a year ago to open the 2009-2010 season. St. Francis' last win over the Bears was in 1997-1998, when the Terriers prevailed, 65-64.
McGonagill Named Ivy Rookie of the Week: Freshman guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL) was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week after scoring a team high 11 points, grabbing five rebounds and handing out five assists against URI, and tossing in nine points and distributing a career high eight assists against Sacred Heart.
Peter Sullivan Nets 26 Points vs. Sacred Heart: Senior All-Ivy forward Peter Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) came through in a big way against Sacred Heart, scoring 26 points on 6 of 8 shooting from the field, handing out five assists and grabbing a game high eight rebounds. Brown's 19th all-time leading scorer with 1,088 career points, Sullivan currently leads the Bears in scoring (17.3 ppg.) and rebounding (5.7 rpg). Sullivan opened the season by scoring 17 points in Brown's win over Fordham, and handed out a career high five assists against Rhode Island. He is the fourth player in Brown basketball history to score 1,000 or more points prior to his senior year. He joins Earl Hunt '03 (2,041), Arnie Berman '72 (1,668) and Jason Forte '05 (1,597) as the only Brown players to have reached the 1,000-point milestone as juniors. He now has 1,062 career points, 20th best in Brown basketball history. He was the only Brown player to start all 31 games last season, setting a new Brown record for games started in a season, while averaging 12.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. An excellent long-range shooter, Sullivan's 129 career treys rank 9th in the Brown record book. Sullivan scored 20 or more points six times last season, including a career high 28 points against Holy Cross, connecting on 12 of 12 free throws against the Crusaders. He also registered double-doubles against Dartmouth (23 points, 11 rebounds) and American (19 points, 11 rebounds).
Brown's 1,000 Point Scorers
1. 2,041 Earl Hunt (1999-03)
2. 1,668 Arnie Berman (1969-72)
3. 1,597 Jason Forte (2001-05)
4. 1,344 Alai Nuualiitia (1999-03)
5. 1,331 Mike Cingiser (1959-62)
6. 1,328 Marcus Thompson (1985-89)
7. 1,319 Joe Tebo (1955-58)
8. 1,306 Damon Huffman (2004-08)
9. 1,294 Rick Lloyd (1988-92)
10. 1,288 Brian Saunders (1974-77)
11. 1,241 Phil Brown (1972-75)
1,241 Peter Moss (1977-80)
13. 1,190 Chuck Savage (1988-92)
14. 1,165 Mike Waitkus (1982-86)
15. 1,147 Lou Murgo (1951-55)
16. 1,134 Matt Mullery (2006-2010)
17. 1,133 Rusty Tyler (1968-1971)
18. 1,100 Mark McAndrew (2004-08)
19. 1,088 Peter Sullivan (2007-present)
20. 1,079 Ira James (1979-1982)
21. 1,046 Gerry Alaimo (1955-58)
22. 1,031 Eric Blackiston (1992-96)
23. 1,011 Brian Lloyd (1992-96)
24. 1,009 Woody Grimshaw (1944-47)
Brown Record Book - Individual 3-Pointers Made
1. 232, Damon Huffman (2004-2008) 6. 150, Damon Huffman (2004-2007)
2. 215, Brian Lloyd (1992-1996) 7. 143, Mike Martin (2000-2004)
3. 201, Rick Lloyd (1988-1992) 8. 141, Patrick Powers (2000-2004)
4. 165, Mark McAndrew (2004-2008) 9. 129, Chuck Savage (1988-1992)
5. 158, Earl Hunt (1999-2003) 129, Peter Sullivan (2007 – present)
Leffelman One Of Ivy League's Top Marksmen: Senior guard Garrett Leffelman (Naperville, IL) scored eight points and grabbed a team high seven rebounds in Brown's season-opening win over Fordham, and came back with 11 points against Rhode Island. He came on strong at the end of the season, starting Brown's last 11 games, and scoring in double figures in seven of those games. He was the Ivy League's second leading marksman, shooting 55-percent from the field, while averaging 12.0 points per game in league contests. He registered a career scoring high on four consecutive weekends late in the season, including a career high 20 points in Brown's last game of the year against Columbia.
Halpern Helps Brown Offense Run: Sophomore forward Tucker Halpern (Brookline, MA) scored 14 points in Brown's win over Sacred Heart, hitting 5 of 10 field goals. He tossed in 10 points and pulled down four rebounds against URI. He had a poor shooting first half against Fordham, but finished with 10 second half points, while handing out a career best six assists. Halpern started 10 of 29 games last year, and was Brown's third leading scorer with 8.1 points per game, while pulling down 3.5 rebounds per game. He scored in double figures nine times, and exploded for a career high 26 points against Quinnipiac where he connected on 6-of-13 treys. A two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week, Halpern's 23 steals led the Bears, while he handed out 66 assists, second on the Brown team. His six treys vs. Quinnipiac rank eighth in the Brown record book for a single game.
McGonagill Earns Ivy Rookie Honors: Freshman point guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL) was named the Ivy Rookie of the Week for his performance against URI and Sacred Heart. He scored a team high 11 points, handed four assists and grabbed five rebounds against URI, and then scored 9 points, handed out a career high eight assists against Sacred Heart. McGonagill is averaging 9.7 points per game, while dishing out 6.3 assists per game. He's shooting 56-percent from the field, including 54-percent from behind three-point range. He was impressive in his collegiate debut against Fordham, scoring nine points, handing out six assists, pulling down five rebounds, with no turnovers in 33 minutes of play in a starting role. He also connected on 3 of 5 treys against the Rams.
McCarthy Provides Inside Presence: Sophomore forward Andrew McCarthy's (Sudbury, MA) provided an inside presence for the Bears against Fordham, scoring 11 points on 5 of 8 shooting from the field, while pulling down four rebounds. He added eight points against Rhode Island. His 6.7 points per game were fifth on last year's squad, while his 4.7 rebounds a game ranked second. He blocked 33 shots, seventh best in Brown basketball history and the most ever for a first year player. McCarthy, who started 16 of 31 games, was twice named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week. He scored in double figures eight times, including a career high 18 points against Siena, and grabbed double figure rebounds twice, pulling down a career best 12 rebounds against Army.
Williams Nears Top 10 In Treys: Senior guard Adrian Williams (Atlanta, GA) came off the bench once again to provide some much needed offense in Brown's win over sacred Heart, scoring 12 points on 4 of 7 shooting from behind the three-point arc. He provided the same lift against Fordham, hitting 3-of-4 field goals, including 2 of 3 from behind the three-point arc. He played in all 31 games a year ago and tossed-in a season high 17 points against Kean, hitting 5 of 7 treys. He also connected on 5-of-7 treys in scoring 15 points against Dartmouth. His 42 treys led last year's team after hitting a team high 58 treys two years ago. Williams, who has connected on 122 career three-point field goals, averaged 11.0 points per game as a sophomore. He needs 7 more treys to enter Brown's Top 10 for career treys.
Matt Sullivan Returns To Natural Position: Sophomore guard Matt Sullivan (Wilmette, IL), who tossed in six points against URI, had a major impact as a first-year player last season, starting 29 of 31 games. A natural two-guard for the Bears, he transitioned into Brown's starting point guard. He will return to the shooting-guard position this year. He scored in double figures six times, netting a season high 12 points against Providence and Bryant. Named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for his play against Siena and Bryant, Sullivan's 65 assists ranked third on the Brown team, handing out a career best seven assists against Philadelphia Sciences. He was also an 80-percent free throw shooter (37 of 46) for the Bears.
Team Captains: Brown head basketball coach Jesse Agel has named seniors Peter Sullivan and Adrian Williams co-captains of this year's team.
Head Coach Jesse Agel: Bears' head Coach Jesse Agel begins his third season at the helm of the Bears' basketball program with a goal of building the basketball program into an annual contender for the Ivy League Championship. Before taking over the reins of the program, the 48-year-old Agel (pronounced A-gull) was an assistant at Brown for two years, helping the Bears register a school-record 19 victories in 2007-2008, while gaining a berth in the post-season College Basketball Invitational. During his 17-year stint at Vermont, Agel was the architect of the Catamount's recent success on the basketball court. A 1984 graduate of Vermont, Agel was the associate head coach at Vermont for eight years under head coach Tom Brennan.
Long Wait Ends For Ponticelli: When sophomore forward Tyler Ponticelli (Northbrook, IL) arrived at Brown in the fall of 2009, he never imagined that we would be unable to play for the entire season due to injury. He made the most of his first collegiate opportunity against Fordham by scoring four points, on 2 of 2 shooting from the field, grabbing three offensive rebounds, and blocking a shot in 16 minutes of play. Ponticelli scored a career-high nine points against Sacred Heart, connecting on 2 of 2 field goals and 5 of 6 free throws. He pulled down four rebounds against Rhode Island..
Bear Facts: Senior forward Chris Taylor (Plymouth, MN) played in 29 games, a year ago, earning five starts, and brings a wealth of experience to the Bears frontcourt. He pulled down a career high seven rebounds against Providence…Freshman Dockery Walker (Dover, DE), who netted two points and grabbed four rebounds against Rhode Island, comes to Brown from Westtown (PA) High School, where he scored 11 points and grabbed 9.0 rebounds as a senior...Freshman guard/forward Josh Biber (Lorain, OH) saw his first playing time against Rhode Island. He played at IMG Academy last year, and averaged 19.2 points and 10.5 rebounds per game as a senior at Southview High School…Freshman guard Hakeem Harris (Bergenfield, NJ) is a combo guard from Blair Academy. He scored 17 points and handed out 8 assists per game his senior season…Sophomore guard Stephen Albrecht (Crown Point, IN), a transfer from Toledo, averaged 11.2 points per game for the Rockets and scored 20 points vs. Michigan State and Cornell. Albrecht will sit out the 2010-11 season and will be eligible in 2011-2012.
Brothers: Last year, brothers Peter '11 and Matt '13 Sullivan were the first brother duo to start together at Brown since Don '65 and Dave '66 Tarr lettered together for two years, in 1964 and 1965, respectively.
Brown Basketball Interactive Magazine: Brown Athletics launched a bold initiative to present its athletic teams in a modern, interactive mode with the release of the Men's Basketball Interactive Magazine, which is available for view on Brownbears.com. The Brown basketball interactive magazine can be viewed by going to the men's basketball team page on brownbears.com, and clicking on the Interactive Magazine link under Team Information. Here's link to the basketball magazine: http://www.pursuantmedia.com/brownathletics/basketball/men/1110/default.asp
Bears On The Air: Brown's entire schedule is being broadcast on WPRV-AM 790 with Scott Cordischi, the host of the popular Scott Cordischi on Sports, calling all the action. Former Brown basketball star Russ Tyler '71 (1,133 career points) provides the color analysis.
Next Game: Brown travels to Durham, New Hampshire to face the University of New Hampshire on Saturday, November 27. Game time is 1:00 p.m. at Ludholm Gymnasium.
Game #1 Brown at Fordham November 12, 2010 Bronx, NY
Senior Peter Sullivan scored 17 points, including five of six free throws in the last 25 seconds, to lead Brown to a stunning 69-65 victory over Fordham in the season opener at Fordham's Rose Hill Gymnasium.
The Bears, who had to hold off a furious second half comeback bid by the Rams, spoiled the head coaching debut of Fordham's first year head coach Tom Pecora.
After Brown had built a nine point second half lead, 58-49, with 7:20 remaining, Fordham paraded to the free throw line over the next three minutes and took its first lead since early in the game, 59-58, on a free throw by Gaston with 4:48 left to play.
Bears' sophomore Tucker Halpern, who was held scoreless in the first half, scored five consecutive points to lift Brown to a 63-59 advantage with 3:03 remaining. An Andrew McCarthy free throw put the Bears back up by five points, 64-59.
When Fordham cut Brown's lead to 64-62, Sullivan took over with five of six free throw shooting to ice the game down the stretch.
Brown got into an early flow and controlled the tempo of the first half, building a 40-27 lead at intermission. Sophomore Tyler Ponticelli, who saw his first varsity action after missing all of last year due to injury, gave the Bears their biggest lead of the first half, 40-25, with 1:35 remaining.
Bears missed their first eight three-point attempts of the second half, and the Rams cut the Brown lead to one point, 49-48, on a trey by Brandon Frazier, outscoring the Bears by a 22-8 margin to open the half.
Following a Brown timeout, senior Adrian Williams hit back-to-back treys, and freshman Sean McGonagill added another for the Bears to go back up by nine points, 58-49, at the 7:20 mark.
McCarthy finished the game with 11 points on 5 of 8 shooting from the field. Halpern scored all of his 10 points in the second half, while dishing out six assists. McGonagill made his collegiate debut by scoring nine points, handing out six assists and grabbing five rebounds. Gaston led all scorers with 21 points for the Rams, while Brenton Butler added 17 points.
Game #2 Brown at Rhode Island November 16, 2010 Kingston, RI
Rhode Island took control early with a fast-paced tempo and swarming defense to send Brown to its first loss of the year, defeating the Bears by a 92-67 margin at the Ryan Center.
The Bears were led by a trio of player, who scored in double figures. Freshman Sean McGonagill tossed in 11 points, handed out five assists, and grabbed a team high five rebounds. Senior Garrett Leffelman scored 11 points for the Bears, while sophomore Tucker Halpern chipped in with 10 points. Sullivan also turned in a solid performance for the Bears with nine points, five assists and four rebounds. Sophomore Andrew McCarthy added eight points on 4 of 7 shooting from the field. Delroy James was the top scorer for the Rams, slashing for a game high 23 points.
Rhode Island broke the game open early in the first half with a 15-1 run, turning a 14-12 advantage into a 29-13 lead with 11:30 left. The Rams led by as many as 18 points in the first half before settling on a 49-36 advantage at intermission.
Brown struggled from the field, shooting just 33 percent, connecting on 9 of 27 field goals in the first half. Rhode Island shot a torrid 63 percent (20 of 32) from the field at the half.
The Bears tried to claw their way back into the game and pulled to within nine points of the Rams, 57-48, with 13:09 left in the second game following a basket by senior Peter Sullivan. A 16-0 run by the Rams put the game away as Rhode Island grabbed its biggest lead, 73-48, with 8:21 left in the game.
Game #3 Brown vs. Sacred Heart November 20, 2010 Providence, RI
Senior forward Peter Sullivan exploded for 26 points to lead Brown to an 81-67 non-league victory over Sacred Heart in the Bears' home opener at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The win lifts the Bears to 2-1 overall, while the Pioneers drop to 0-4 for the early season.
Sullivan's 26 points came on a torrid 6 of 8 shooting from the field and perfect shooting from the free throw line, converting 12 of 12 shots from the charity stripe. He also pulled down a game high eight rebounds and handed out five assists in a complete performance.
With 26 points tonight, Sullivan moved into 19th place on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,088 career points, passing Ira James, who scored 1,079 points for the Bears from 1979-1982.
Sophomore Tucker Halpern (14 points) and senior Adrian Williams (12 points) also scored in double figures for the Bears. Freshman point guard Sean McGonagill was solid under pressure, scoring nine points and handing out eight assists for the Bears.
Shane Gibson led the Pioneers with 17 points, while Femi Akinpetide chipped in with 14 points.
Brown opened the game by taking an early 21-12 lead on a three-point basket by Sullivan with 11:39, his 11th point of the game. The Bears led by as many as 12 points in the first half, 26-14, on a trey by Williams with 9:42 left in the half.
The Pioneers rallied to pull to within one point of the Bears, 32-31, with 1:43 left in the half on a dunk by Akinpetide. Brown built its lead back up to nine points, 40-31, on a three-point play by sophomore Tyler Ponticelli with 1.1 seconds left. But an 75-foot buzzer-beater by Sacred Heart's Evan Kelly cut Brown's halftime lead to 40-34.
Brown turned up the defensive heat in the second half and took control of the game. Sophomore Matt Sullivan's lay-up with 8:11 left in the game gave Brown a 17-point lead, 65-48. The Bears' biggest lead of the game was 18 points, 75-57, on a back-door lay-up by Halpern.
Brown Career Highs
Josh Biber '14 Points:
Hakeem Harris '14 Points:
Tucker Halpern '13 Points: 26 vs. Quinnipiac (1/11/10)
Rebounds: 10 vs. Yale (1/22/10)
Assists: 6 vs. Maine (11/22/09); vs. Wagner (1/4/10)
Steals: 3 vs. Wagner (1/4/10); vs. Cornell (2/6/10)
Blocks: 2 vs. Maine (11/22/09); vs. Princeton (1/29/10);
vs. Fordham (11/12/10)
Garrett Leffelman '11 Points: 20 vs. Columbia (3/6/10)
Rebounds: 7 vs. Army (1/6/10); vs. Fordham (11/12/10)
Assists: 5 vs. Penn (2/19/10)
Steals: 3 vs. Princeton (1/29/10)
Andrew McCarthy '13 Points: 18 vs. Siena (11/28/09)
Rebounds: 12 vs. Army (1/6/10)
Assists: 4 vs. Siena (11/28/09)
Steals: 1 vs. several teams
Blocks: 4 vs. Holy Cross (12/2/09); vs. Army (1/6/10)
Sean McGonagill '14 Points: 11 vs. Rhode Island (11/16/10)
Rebounds: 5 vs. Fordham (11/12/10); vs. Rhode Island (11/16/10)
Assists: 8 vs. Sacred Heart (11-20-10)
Steals: 2 vs. Fordham (11/12/10)
Tyler Ponticelli '13 Points: 9 vs. Sacred Heart (11-20-10)
Rebounds: 4 vs. Rhode Island (11/16/10)
Assists: 1 vs. Rhode Island (11/16/10); vs. Sacred Heart (11-20-10
Steals: 1 vs. Sacred Heart (11-20-10); vs. Sacred Heart (11-20-10)
Blocks: 1 vs. Fordham (11/12/10)
Matt Sullivan '13 Points: 12 vs. Bryant (11/25/09); vs. Providence (12/7/09)
Rebounds: 8 vs. URI (11/18/09)
Assists: 7 vs. USP (11/27/09)
Steals: 3 vs. USP (11/27/09)
Treys: 4 vs. Providence (12/7/09)
Peter Sullivan '11 Points: 28 vs. Holy Cross (12/2/09)
Rebounds: 11 vs. American (1/2/10); vs. Dartmouth (2/13/10)
Assists: 5 vs. Rhode Island (11/16/10)
Steals: 3 vs. American (1/2/10)
Treys: 5 vs. Quinnipiac (12/29/08)
Chris Taylor '11 Points: 6 vs. Penn (3/1/08); vs. Holy Cross (11/19/08);
vs. Wagner (12/21/08); vs. Cornell (2/21/09)
Rebounds: 7 vs. Providence (12/7/09)
Assists: 4 vs. Columbia (2/20/09); vs. Penn (2/28/09)
Steals: 1 vs. several teams
Dockery Walker '14 Points: 2 vs. Rhode Island (11/16/10)
Rebounds: 4 vs. Rhode Island (11/16/10)
Steals: 1 vs. Rhode Island (11/16/10); vs. Sacred Heart (11-20-10)
Adrian Williams '11 Points: 29 vs. Quinnipiac (12/29/08)
Rebounds: 7 vs. New Hampshire (12/6/08); vs. Bryant (11/25/09);
vs. Holy Cross (12/2/09)
Assists: 6 vs. St. Francis-NY (11/13/09)
Steals: 7 vs. Holy Cross (11/19/08)
Treys: 7 vs. Quinnipiac (12/29/08)
Pictured: Tyler Ponticelli '13. photo by dspics.com