January 27, 2011

Bears Travel To Princeton and Penn For Key Ivy Weekend

Providence, RI -  Brown's men's basketball team will be looking for its first Ivy League win this weekend, January 28 and 29, traveling to Princeton and Penn, for key Ivy League games.  The Bears swept the league's two southern schools on the road last year and twice in the last three years, and will need to repeat to stay in the race for the Ivy League title.

 

Brown's Records: Brown (7-9, 0-2 Ivy) was unable to overcome a poor shooting (26-percent) afternoon in a 59-51 loss to Yale in New Haven. Sean McGonagill '14 registered his first career double with 11 points and 11 rebounds against the Elis. Both Penn and Princeton will be opening the Ivy League season this weekend.

 

Last Year's Road Sweep: Brown defeated Penn and Princeton on the road for the second time ever, winning at Penn, 80-73, and completing the road sweep with a 57-54 victory at Princeton. The only other Brown sweep of the Ivy's southern schools on the road came in the 2007-2008 season. It was only the seventh time in Ivy League history that an Ivy League team has swept Penn and Princeton on the road.

 

The Brown vs. Princeton Series Record:  Brown and Princeton will be meeting for the 118th time, dating back to 1907-1908, with the Tigers holding a 92-25 series advantage. Brown has won seven of the last nine meetings between the two teams, including a 57-54 win in Princeton, NJ, on 2-20-10, to complete the road sweep of the two "P" schools for the second time ever. Princeton earned a 63-46 decision over the Bears in the first meeting last year (1-29-10) in Providence. Prior to 2003, Brown had never won at Princeton, covering 52 games.  The Bears have now won six of the last eight games at Princeton.

 

The Brown vs. Penn Series Record: The Bears and Quakers have met 116 times, dating back to 1901-1902, with Penn holding a 95-21 series advantage. Brown defeated the Quakers, 80-73 last year in Philadelphia, PA on 2-19-10, avenging a controversial 55-54 win by Penn in Providence on 1-30-10, where the game-winning basket, that was taken well after the buzzer had sounded, was ruled good by the game officials. 

 

Peter Sullivan 11th In All-Time Brown Scoring: Senior All-Ivy forward Peter Sullivan (Wilmette, IL), who has started 93 straight games for the Bears, ranks 11th on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,251 career points. Sullivan scored 22 points on 12 of 12 shooting from the free throw line against Quinnipiac last week, the 17th time he's scored 20 or more points in his Brown career.  Sullivan, who scored 24 points against Army, has made more free throws (93), than any other Ivy player has attempted. Sullivan leads the Bears in scoring (13.6 ppg.) and rebounding (5.9 rpg), seventh best in the Ivy League.  He 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    16        56   142  .394    12      48   .250   93    114   .816    217     13.6   94     5.9       31

Total       104      381  887  .429   137    362  .378   352   453   .777  1,251    12.0   448    4.3       145

 

Consecutive Games Played:  104

Consecutive Games Started: 93

 

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.        1,251    Peter Sullivan (2007-present)                   2/13/10              21 vs. Harvard

     12.        1,241    Phil Brown (1972-75)                              3/5/10               23 vs. Cornell

            1,241    Peter Moss (1977-80)                               11/20/10                        26 vs. Sacred Heart

14.        1,190    Chuck Savage (1988-92)                           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)                         1/17/11              22 vs. Quinnipiac

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

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

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

Seven Non-League Wins – 3rd Best All-Time:  Head Coach Jesse Agel's seven non-league victories are the third highest win total for a Brown team since the Ivy League began play in 1954-1955. Brown's 2001-2002 team (9 wins) holds the school record for non-league victories.

 

Getting An Assist:  While the Bears fell short of the school record for assists in a game (33), Brown ran its offense to near perfection against Bryant on 12/31/10, with 26 assists on 29 field goals (.896). The 26 assists are the most by any Ivy team this season.

 

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.     137, Peter Sullivan (2007 – present)

9.     135, 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.     352, by Peter Sullivan (2007-present)
8.     351, by Mike Cingiser (1959-62)

9.     332, by Gerry Alaimo (1955-58)
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. His 21 treys rank second on the Brown team, and he now ranks 9th in all-time three-point field goals at Brown with 135 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.

 

Bears 21st Nationally In Free Throws: In the latest NCAA Division I rankings, Brown is 21st nationally in free throw percentage.  The Bears have connected on 250 of 333 free throws (.751), including 17 of 17 against Maine.

 

 

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.

 

Leffelman Scores In Double Figures: Senior guard Garrett Leffelman (Naperville, IL), who has scored in double figures in seven of Brown's last nine games, registered a career high 22 points against Providence College connecting on 9 of 15 field goals, including 4 of 7 from behind the three point arc. While Leffelman struggled to score against Yale, he turned in a strong defensive performance, limiting Yale's Austin Morgan to just two points, while grabbing seven rebounds. Brown's third leading scorer with 10.6 points per game, Leffelman scored 16 points on 6 of 11 shooting from the field in Brown's win over Quinnipiac. He was Brown's top scorer against American with 12 points, netted 11 points vs. Bryant and 13 points vs. Lyndon State.  He also tossed in 17 points vs. Army. 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.

 

McGonagill Third In Ivy Assists:  Freshman point guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL) registered his first career double-double against Yale, scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 rebounds against the Elis.  He is scoring 9.4 points per game for the Bears, ranks third on the Brown team with 4.3 rebounds per game, and is  third in the Ivy League with 4.9 assists per game, including a season high eight assists against Sacred Heart, Lyndon State and Quinipiac. McGonagill is one of two Brown players to start all 16 games for the Bears, and is averaging more minutes (32.0) than any other Brown player. He also ranks 10th  in the Ivy League in free throw percentage (33 of 41, .805).  He turned in a solid performance in his first Ivy League game, scoring 14 points, handing out six assists and grabbing five rebounds against Yale.  McGonagill came back against Quinnipiac with nine points and eight assists. He had 12 points, 8 assists and seven rebounds against Lyndon State. 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 major role in Brown's win over St. Francis with 11 points, six rebounds and four assists. 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.

 

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.

 

Snowstorm Wreaked Havoc With Bears Practice Schedule:  The Bears felt some ill effects from the Nor'easter snowstorm that blanketed the East Coast on 12/26/10.  All 11 Brown players returned home for the Holliday's after its 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 Connecticut.

 

Halpern Explodes For 26 Points vs. Quinnipiac: Sophomore forward Tucker Halpern (Brookline, MA) exploded for a double-double vs. Quinnipiac with 26 points and 12 rebounds, both career highs, connecting on 10 of 16 field goals. Halpern caught fire in the first half against Yale on 1/15/11 with 11 straight points, finishing the game with a team high 16 points. He 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 against the Bulldogs on 9 of 16 shooting from the field, including five treys, while pulling down six rebounds. He ranks second on the Brown team in both scoring (11.2 ppg) and rebounding (4.8 rpg).  He registered his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in Brown's win over Maine. He also had nine rebounds against Lyndon State. Halpern led the Bears with 15 points against St. Francis (NY), and came back with 15 points and five rebounds against UNH. 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 Grabs Career Best 13 Rebounds: Sophomore forward Andrew McCarthy (Sudbury, MA) ranks third on the Brown team with 4.3 rebounds per game.  He turned in a solid performance against Yale on 1/15/11 with nine points and seven rebounds.  McCarthy 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. He came back with nine points against American on 4 of 5 shooting from the field, and pulled down 9 rebounds vs. Lyndon State.  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, 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 Sixth In Overall Scoring: Sophomore guard Matt Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) netted 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting from the field vs. Lyndon State.  Sullivan is averaging 5.4 points per game, sixth on the Brown squad.  He scored 12 points in the Bears' win over Bryant after being Brown's lone double figure scorer against Central Connecticut with 10 points. Sullivan tossed in 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.

 

Bears In The Ivy League Stats (Top 10)

Assists            :                       3rd        Sean McGonagill (4.9 apg)

FT percentage:          7th        Peter Sullivan (.816)

                                    10th      Sean McConagill (.805)

Rebounding:             7th        Peter Sullivan (5.9 rpg)

Scoring:                      8th        Peter Sullivan (13.6 ppg)

3-Pt. FG Made:          10th      Tucker Halpern (1.7 per game)

Blocked Shots:          5th        Andrew McCarthy (1.0 per game)

Minutes:                     10th      Sean McGonagill (32.0 min. per game)         

 

Walker Continues To Impress: Freshman forward Dockery Walker (Dover, DE) continues to show major improvement as the season progresses.  He scored nine points on 4 of 5 shooting from the field, and pulled down five rebounds against Yale, and came off the bench to spark the Bears against Quinnipiac with 10 points and eight rebounds.  He was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week after making a quantum leap with his play by recording back-to-back double-doubles in games against American and Lyndon State.  He registered his first career double-double on the road against American, scoring 10 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, both career highs. Walker came back with a career best 12 points and 10 rebounds against Lyndon State. His 3.8 rebounds per game rank fourth on the Brown team.  Walker is also a two-time StatSheet Ivy League Freshman of the Week. He scored eight points and pulled down six rebounds against Central Connecticut, and 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 a game as a senior.

 

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.

 

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 pulled down a career high seven rebounds, while adding six points, against Lyndon State.  He 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.

 

Hoisting Up Shots: Brown's 75 shot attempts against Lyndon State is tops in the Ivy League, while its 69 shots vs. Yale on 1/22/11 are second most in the Ivy League this season.  In addition, Brown's 35 three-point field goal attempts vs. Bryant are first among Ivy teams this season, while its 34 three-point attempts ranks second in the league.

 

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.

 

Bear Facts: The 58 rebounds grabbed by Brown against Lyndon State are the most in the Ivy League this season, and the most at Brown since December 4, 1999, when Brown pulled down 61 rebounds against New Hampshire.  Brown's 53 rebounds vs. Yale on 1/22/11 are second in the Ivy League… 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, averaged11.2 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 Week: Brown hosts its first full Ivy weekend, facing Columbia and Cornell next Friday and Saturday, February 4 and 5, at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Friday's game tips-off at 7:00 p.m., while Saturday's game starts at 6:00 p.m., preceded by the annual Alumni Game.

 

Pictured:  Peter Sullivan '11 has scored 1,251 career points for the Bears.  photo by dspics.com