Bears Look To Rebound At Central Connecticut
Playing its second game in the last 23 days, Brown's men's basketball team returns to the hardwood on Wednesday, December 29, traveling to New Britain, Connecticut to face Central Connecticut (6-5) in a 7:00 p.m. start. The Bears (4-5) are coming off a two-point loss to Army on 12/21/10, their first game back following a 15 day lay-off.
The Records: Brown (4-5) led for most of the second half before falling to Army, 88-86, on 12-21-10. Senior Peter Sullivan scored a game high 24 points, while freshman guard Sean McGonagill added a career high 18 points for the Bears. The 86 points scored by the Bears is a season high and the most points scored an 89-73 win over Quinnipiac on 12/29/08. Central Connecticut (6-5), coached by Howie Dickenman, is coming off a 71-50 win over New Hampshire.
Bears From The Charity Stripe: Brown connected on 24 of 27 free throws (.889) against Army and rank second in the Ivy League in free throw percentage, shooting .781 (143-183) as a team. The Bears have made more free throws (143) than their opponents have attempted (136). Brown was perfect from the line against Maine, connecting on 17 of 17 free throws.
The Brown vs. Central Conn. Series Record: Brown and CCSU have met four times, dating back to 1989-1990, with the series tied, 2-2. Brown has won the last two games between the two teams, including a 79-58 victory on 1/9/04. The Blue Devils' last win over Brown was a 66-60 decision in the championship game of the 2001 Central Connecticut Tournament.
Peter Sullivan 14th In All-Time Brown Scoring: Senior All-Ivy forward Peter Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) scored 20 or more points for the 16th time in his Brown career when he threw in 24 points against Army. He also moved into 14th place on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,172 career points, passing Mike Waitkus, who scored 1,165 points for the Bears from 1982-1986. He ranks ninth in the Ivy League in free throw percentage (.803), and has made more free throws (61), than any other Ivy player has attempted. Sullivan, who leads the Bears in scoring (15.3 ppg.) and rebounding (6.0 rpg), registered a game high 21 points against Maine, connecting on 13 of 13 free throws. He also 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 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.
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 9 35 78 .449 7 26 .269 61 76 .803 138 15.3 54 6.0 19
Total 97 360 823 .437 132 366 .360 320 415 .771 1,172 12.1 408 4.2 133
Consecutive Games Played: 97
Consecutive Games Started: 86
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. 1,172 Peter Sullivan (2007-present) 11/27/10 20 vs. New Hampshire
15. 1,165 Mike Waitkus (1982-86) 12/4//10 21 vs. Maine
16. 1,147 Lou Murgo (1951-55) 12/21/10 24 vs. Army
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. 132, Peter Sullivan (2007 – present)
9. 129, Chuck Savage (1988-1992)
129 Adrian Williams (2007-present)
Williams 9th In All-Time Treys: Senior guard Adrian Williams (Atlanta, GA), who came off the bench to score nine points and grab five defensive rebounds against Army, ranks 9th place in all-time three-point field goals at Brown with 129 career treys. He provided 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.
Leffelman Scores In Double Figures: Senior guard Garrett Leffelman (Naperville, IL), who tossed in 17 points against Army, registered a career high 22 points against Providence, connecting on 9 of 15 field goals, including 4 of 7 from behind the three point arc. Brown's second leading scorer with 11.0 points per game, he 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.
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 Fifth In Ivy Assists: Freshman point guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL) scored a career high 18 points, while adding five assists, against Army. He played all 40 minutes against Providence, scoring 12 points and handing out five assists against the Friars. He ranks fifth in the Ivy League with 4.4 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 9.8 points per game, and is Brown's third leading rebounder with 3.4 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.
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.
Halpern is Brown's third leading scorer with 10.6 points per game, and second leading rebounder with 4.0 rebounds 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.
McCarthy Provides Inside Presence: Sophomore forward Andrew McCarthy's (Sudbury, MA), who blocked three shots against Providence, pulled down six rebounds, while scoring four points in Brown's win over Maine. He has provided an inside presence for the Bears, grabbing 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 ranked 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.
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.
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.
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.
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) handed out a career high four assists against Army, playing a season high 24 minutes against the Cadets. He scored a career best six points and grabbed four rebounds in Brown's win over Maine. Taylor 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.
Walker Earns Playing Time: Freshman Dockery Walker (Dover, DE) saw some significant playing time against Providence, and responded with eight points and three rebounds against the Friars. He netted two points and grabbed four rebounds against Rhode Island and saw action against Maine. Walker comes to Brown from Westtown (PA) High School, where he scored 11 points and grabbed 9.0 rebounds as a senior.
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: The Bears will play their final game of 2010 on New Year's Eve, Friday, December 31, hosting Bryant at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The matinee contest will tip-off at 12:00 noon.
Pictured: Sean McGonagill '14. photo by dspics.com