Providence, RI - The Ivy League has named Brown freshman Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL) the Ivy League Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week for his record-setting 39-point performance against Columbia, and the heroic circumstance surrounding his spectacular play against the Lions.
To understand the enormity of McGonagill's record-setting 39-point performance on Friday, you have to go back 48-hours to Brown's practice on Wednesday evening. In a chase for a loose ball, McGonagill collided with two teammates and came away with a severely lacerated front lip that required plastic surgery and 20 stitches, along with some major dental work. He sat out practice on Thursday, while recovering from the trauma, and was presented with a protective mask on Friday that wound have to be worn in order to compete.
Wearing the clear protective mask for the first time, McGonagill's response was nothing short of phenomenal, tying the Pizzitola Sports Center scoring record, and Brown freshman scoring record, with 39 points in the Bears's win over Columbia, while never leaving the court (40 minutes). McGonagill's 39-points, the most by an Ivy League player this season, equaled the mark by then Bears' freshman Earl Hunt '03, Brown's all-time leading scorer, on January 15, 2000, against Harvard.
His 39 points also rank 6th all-time at Brown for a single game, and are the most points scored by an Ivy League player in eight years (2003).
McGonagill connected on 15 of 19 field goals against Columbia, including 3 of 4 from behind the three-point arc, 6 of 8 free throws, handed out six assists and grabbed four rebounds.
The 15 field goals by McGonagill shattered the Pizzitola Sports Center record, previously held by Hunt (12 vs. Army, 1-2-03), and ranks seventh in the Brown record book.
A weary McGonagill came back against Cornell Saturday evening and scored 11 points, while handing out a game high seven assists.
McGonagill is the only Brown player to start all 20 games, and has played a team leading 32.7 minutes per game. He is averaging 10.7 points per game, and ranks fourth in the Ivy League with 5.1 assists per game.