Brown Heads To Nation’s Capital To Face American

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Washington, DC -  Fresh off a victory over Bryant to close out calendar year 2010, the Brown men's basketball team travels to the Nation's Capital  to open the new year and battle American University on Monday, January 3, 2011, starting at 7:30 p.m. at Bender Arena.  Senior Peter Sullivan, who has scored 1,189 career points for the Bears,  needs just one point to move into 13th place on Brown's all-time scoring list.

Brown's Record: The Bears (5-6) closed out calendar year 2010 with a strong 84-71 victory over Bryant at the Pizzitola Sports Center on 12/31/10. Tucker Halpern '13 scored a season high 23 points, while Andrew McCarthy '13 grabbed a career high 13 rebounds in the win over the Bulldogs. After playing just three games in a 23-day span, the Bears are in the midst of playing their third game in six days.

 

Snowstorm Wreaked Havoc With Bears Practice Schedule:  The Bears are back to normal after feeling the ill effects of the Nor'easter snowstorm that blanketed the East Coast.  All 11 Brown players returned home for the Holliday's after their 12/21/10 game against Army, scattered throughout the country. Just two Brown players were able to make it back for practice on 12/26, four players were available on 12/27, and coach Jesse Agel had just eight players at practice on 12/28 in preparation for the game.  All of Brown's players eventually returned for the game, two players late Tuesday (12/28) evening, and one on game day (12/29) for the Central Ct. game.

 

The Brown v. American Series Record:  Brown and American have met six times, dating back to the 1970-1971 season, with the Bears holding a 4-2 series advantage over the Eagles.  American has won the last two games, including a 76-68 decision last year on 1/2/10 in Providence. Brown earned a 68-55 victory over the Eagles two years ago, defeating American on 1/4/08 at the Pitzzitola Sports Center.

Peter Sullivan 14th In All-Time Brown Scoring: Senior All-Ivy forward Peter Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) put together a solid stat line against Bryant with eight points, seven rebounds and a career high six assists. He scored 20 points for the 16th time in his Brown career when he threw in 24 points against Army. Sullivan ranks 14th place on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,189 career points.  Sullivan, who had nine points and six rebounds vs. Central Connecticut, is ninth in the Ivy League in free throw percentage (.791), and has made more free throws (68), than any other Ivy player has attempted. Sullivan, who leads the Bears in scoring (14.1 ppg.) and rebounding (6.1 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. Sullivan 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            11            39            95            .411            9            35            .257            68            86            .791            155            14.1            67            6.1            27

Total            99            364            841            .432            134            375            .357            327            425            .769            1,189            12.0            421            4.3            141

 

Consecutive Games Played:  99

Consecutive Games Started: 88

 

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.        1,189     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.     134, Peter Sullivan (2007 – present)

9.     132, Adrian Williams (2007-present)

10.   129, Chuck Savage (1988-1992)

       
Brown Record Book:  Career Free throws
1.     636, by Arnie Berman (1969-72)
2.     538, by Jason Forte (2001-2005)
3.     499, by Earl Hunt (1999-2003)
4.     375, by Joe Tebo (1955-58)
5.     366, by Ed Tooley (1952-55)
6.     362, by Alai Nuualiitia (1999-2003)
7.     351, by Mike Cingiser (1959-62)
8.     332, by Gerry Alaimo (1955-58)

9.     327, by Peter Sullivan (2007-present)
10.   321, by Lou Murgo (1951-54)

Williams 9th In All-Time Treys: Senior guard Adrian Williams (Atlanta, GA) came off the bench to score a season high 14 points against Bryant, hitting 5 of 8 field goals, including 4 of 7 from behind the three-point arc. He now ranks 9th place in all-time three-point field goals at Brown with 132 career treys. Williams 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) 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. Leffelman, who had 11 points vs. Bryant on Friday, tossed in 17 points vs. Army. Brown's second leading scorer with 10.5 points per game, Leffelman scored 13 points on 6 of 10 shooting in Brown's win over St. Francis, and added 12 points against New Hampshire. 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.  Leffelman 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) is one of two Brown players to start all 11 games for the Bears, and is averaging more minutes (32.1) than any other Brown player. McGonagill ranks fifth in the Ivy League with 4.1 assists per game, including a season high eight assists against Sacred Heart.  He scored a career high 18 points against Army, while adding five assists.  McGonagill played all 40 minutes against Providence, scoring 12 points and handing out five assists against the Friars. 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 Steps Up To Help Offense: Sophomore forward Tucker Halpern (Brookline, MA) scored 15 of Brown's first 20 points against Bryant as the Bears built a 20-11 advantage.  In a complete performance, Halpern finished the game with a season high 23 points on 9 of 16 shooting from the field, including five treys, while pulling down six rebounds against the Bulldoga. He ranks second on the Brown team in scoring (10.9 ppg) and third in rebounding (4.0 rebounds per game).  He registered his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in Brown's win over Maine. Halpern 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.

 

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

 

 

McCarthy Grabs A Career Best 13 Rebounds: Sophomore forward Andrew McCarthy (Sudbury, MA) stepped up in a big way against Bryant by pulling down a career high 13 rebounds, while scoring eight points on 4 of 5 shooting from the field. His 4.3 rebounds per game ranks second on the Brown team. McCarthy 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, and pulled down six rebounds, while scoring four points in Brown's win over Maine.  Last year, his 6.7 points per game ranked fifth, 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 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.

 

Matt Sullivan Posts Back-to-Back Double Figure Games: Sophomore guard Matt Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) scored 12 points in the Bears' win over Bryant after being Brown's lone double figure scorer against Central Connecticut with 10 points. He 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. Sullivan 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.

 

Taylor Sees Playing Time: Senior forward Chris Taylor (Plymouth, MN), who earned a starting role against Central Connecticut, handed out a career high four assists against Army, while 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.

 

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.

 

 

 

Walker Earns Playing Time: Freshman Dockery Walker (Dover, DE) came through with his most productive outing of the season, scoring eight points and grabbing a season best six rebounds against Central Connecticut. He came back against Bryant with six points and three rebounds. Walker 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.

 

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

 

Bear Facts: Freshman guard/forward Josh Biber (Lorain, OH) saw 16 minutes of action against Providence College and came through with three points and two rebounds against the Friars. Biber 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…Freshman guard Hakeem Harris, who was unavailable to the Bears due to injury, has left the Brown team.

 

Next Game: Brown returns to the Pizzitola Sports Center hardwood on Saturday, January 8, 2011, hosting Lyndon State.  Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

 

Pictured:  Peter Sullivan '11.  photo by dspics.com