Bears Head Downtown To Battle Providence

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Coming off a 62-54 win over Maine, Brown heads down College Hill to downtown Providence on Monday, December 6,  to battle Providence College in the 116th meeting between the two city schools.  All the action starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Dunkin Donuts Center.

The Records:  Brown scored the last eight points of the game and earned a hard-fought 62-54 victory over Maine in Orono, ME on Saturday, to extend its record to 4-3 overall.  Peter Sullivan '11 connected on 13 of 13 free throws in scoring a game high 21 points for the Bears.  Providence (8-1) out-scored Rhode Island 44-35 in the second half to come away with an 87-74 victory over the Rams.

 

Bears Hibernate For Next 15 Days: After playing its third game in the last five days, Brown will break for the next 15-days for final exams. Coach Jesse Agel's team returns to action at home on December 21 against Army.

 

The Brown vs. Providence Series Record:  Brown and Providence have met 115 times, dating back to the 1921-1922 season, with the Friars holding an 89-26 series advantage. PC has won the last three games in the series, including a 78-62 decision last year at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Brown's last win over Providence came on 11/18/06, when the Bears earned a 51-41 win over the Friars.

 

Peter Sullivan 16th  In All-Time Brown Scoring: Senior All-Ivy forward Peter Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) scored a came high 21 points against Maine, connecting on 13 of 13 free throws. He jumped two spots into 16th place on Brown's all-time scoring list, now with 1,144 career points.  He moved past both Russ Tyler (1,133 points from 1968-1971), and Matt Mullery (1,134 points from 2006-2010). Sullivan scored 20 points with a career four steals and a team high eight rebounds against New Hampshire. He 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. Sullivan currently leads the Bears in scoring (15.7 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 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. 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).

 

PETER SULLIVAN'S CAREER STATISTICS

            G            FG            FGA            PCT            3FG            3FGA            PCT            FT            FTA            PCT            PTS            AVG            REB            AVG            A                       

2007-08            29            77            147            .524            39            81            .481            61            75            .813            254            8.8            79            2.7            23

2008-09            28            135            335            .404            48            156            .308            82            113            .726            400            14.3            137            4.9            46

2009-10            31            113            263            .430            38            106            .358            116            151            .768            380            12.3            138            4.5            45

2010-11            7            28            62            .452            5            19            .263            49            63            .778            110            15.7            40            5.7            13

Total            95            353            807            .437            130            359            .361            308            402            .766            1,144            12.0            394            4.1            127

 

Consecutive Games Played:  95

Consecutive Games Started: 84

 

Brown's Top 20 All-Time Scorers                  Peter Sullivan's 20 Point Games 

1.         2,041     Earl Hunt (1999-03)              11/26/08                 26 vs. Army

2.         1,668     Arnie Berman (1969-72)              11/29/08                 20 vs. Eastern Michigan

3.         1,597     Jason Forte (2001-05)              12/29/00                 21 vs. Quinnipiac

4.         1,344     Alai Nuualiitia (1999-03)                      2/7/08        20 vs. Harvard

5.         1,331     Mike Cingiser (1959-62)              2/27/09       21 vs. Princeton

6.         1,328     Marcus Thompson (1985-89)                 3/6/09        21 vs. Dartmouth

7.         1,319     Joe Tebo (1955-58)              11/22/09                 20 vs. Maine

8.         1,306     Damon Huffman (2004-08)                 12/2/09       28 vs. Holy Cross             

9.         1,294     Rick Lloyd (1988-92)              1/11/10       22 vs. Quinnipiac

10.        1,288     Brian Saunders (1974-77)                      2/12/10       23 vs. Dartmouth

11.        1,241     Phil Brown (1972-75)              2/13/10       21 vs. Harvard

                 1,241     Peter Moss (1977-80)              3/5/10        23 vs. Cornell

13.        1,190            Chuck Savage (1988-92)                                    11/20/10                    26 vs. Sacred Heart

14.        1,165            Mike Waitkus (1982-86)                                    11/27/10                    20 vs. New Hampshire

15.        1,147            Lou Murgo (1951-55)                                12/4//10                    21 vs. Maine

16.        1,144     Peter Sullivan (2007-present)         

17.        1,134     Matt Mullery (2006-2010)

18.        1,133     Rusty Tyler (1968-1971)

19.        1,100     Mark McAndrew (2004-08)

20.        1,079     Ira James (1979-1982)

 

 

 

Brown Record Book - Individual 3-Pointers Made
1.     232, Damon Huffman (2004-2008)  

2.     215, Brian Lloyd (1992-1996)  

3.     201, Rick Lloyd (1988-1992)              
4.     165, Mark McAndrew (2004-2008)              

5.     158, Earl Hunt (1999-2003)              
6.     143, Mike Martin (2000-2004)
7.     141, Patrick Powers (2000-2004)
8.     130, Peter Sullivan (2007 – present)

9.     129, Chuck Savage (1988-1992)

10.   1278 Adrian Williams (2007-present)

Leffelman One Of Ivy League's Top Marksmen: Senior guard Garrett Leffelman (Naperville, IL), Brown's third leading scorer with 8.6 points per game, scored 13 points on 6 of 10 shooting, in Brown's win over St. Francis, and added 12 points against New Hampshire.  He netted nine points in Brown's victory over Maine. Leffelman tallied 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 2009-2010 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) registered his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in Brown's win over Maine.

Brown's second leading scorer with 11.1 points per game, he led the Bears with 15 points against St. Francis (NY), and came back with 15 points and five rebounds against UNH. He also ranks second on the Brown squad with 4.4 rebounds per game. He scored 14 points in Brown's win over Sacred Heart, hitting 5 of 10 field goals, and tossed in 10 points, while pulling down four rebounds against URI. Halpern finished the Fordham game 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.

 

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.

McGonagill Third In Ivy Assists:  Freshman point guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL), who had seven points in Brown's win over Maine, ranks third in the Ivy League with 4.8 assists per game, including a season high eight assists against Sacred Heart. He played a big role in Brown's win over St. Francis with 11 points, six rebounds and four assists. McGonagill is averaging 8.3 points per game, and is Brown's third leading rebounder with 3.7 per game.  He 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. 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) pulled down six rebounds, while scoring four points in Brown's win over Maine.  He has provided an inside presence for the Bears, pulling down a team high seven rebounds, scoring eight points and blocking two shots against St. Francis.   McCarthy was solid 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.

 

Team Captains: Brown head basketball coach Jesse Agel has named seniors Peter Sullivan and Adrian Williams co-captains of this year's team.

Williams 10th In All-Time Treys: Senior guard Adrian Williams (Atlanta, GA), who earned a starting role against Maine, ranks 10th place in all-time three-point field goals at Brown with 128 career treys.  He 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. His stats line against St. Francis was consistent, with two of two shooting from behind the three-point arc, and two of two shooting from the free throw line, in scoring eight points. He provided the same lift against Fordham, hitting 3-of-4 field goals, including 2 of 3 from behind the three-point arc. WIlliams 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.

 

Matt Sullivan Explodes For A Career High 19 Points: Sophomore guard Matt Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) scored 19 points and hit five treys, both career highs, against Hartford, while connecting on 7 of 8 shots from the field, including 5 of 6 shooting from behind the three-point arc.

He 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 a year ago.  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.

 
 

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.

 

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, and a career best five rebounds against New Hampshire. He was injured against Hartford and did not dress for Saturday's game against Maine.

 

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

 

Taylor Sees Playing Time: Senior forward Chris Taylor (Plymouth, MN) scored a career best six points and grabbed four rebounds in Brown's win over Maine. He 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 in last year's game against Providence.

 

Bear Facts:  Freshman Dockery Walker (Dover, DE), who netted two points and grabbed four rebounds against Rhode Island and saw action against Maine, 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… 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.

 

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: After a 15-day break for final exams, the Bears return to the hardwood on Tuesday, December 21, hosting Army at the Pizzitola Sports Center, starting at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

Pictured:  Tucker Halpern '13.  photo by dspics.com