Providence, RI - Brown and Rhode Island will meet for the 153rd time on the hardwood when the Bears host the Rams on Wednesday, November 30, with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m. A big crowd is expected at Pizzitola Sports Center. Fans who can't make it to the game can watch live on myRITV, or listen on WPRV-AM-790 and at Brownbears.com.
The Records: Brown dropped a 77-64 decision at Sacred Heart on Sunday to fall to 3-4 overall. Junior guard Stephen Albrecht netted a career high 23 points to lead the Bears, connecting on 6 of 12 treys. Rhode Island fell to 1-5 on the season following a 67-45 loss to Cleveland State on Sunday at the Ryan Center.
The Brown-Rhody Series Record: 153rd Meeting: Brown and URI have met 152 times, dating back to 1909-1910, with the Rams holding a 100-52 series advantage over the Bears. URI has won the last nine games between the two teams, including a 92-67 decision last year in Kingston, RI. Brown's last win over the Rams came in the 2001-2002 season when the Bears came away with a 91-76 victory in Providence.
myRITV: Wednesday's match-up between Brown and URI will be televised live and in high definition on myRITV. Eyewitness Sports Director Eric Murphy will call the play, with former NBA standout Chris Herren providing the color commentary. myRITV can be found on the following local cable channels: Verizon - 514 (HD), 14 (SD); COX - 1015 (HD), 811(SD); Comcast - 820 (HD), 292 (SD); Full Channel - 191 (SD); Charter - 113 (SD); Off Air - 64.2.
McGonagill Leads Bears' Backcourt: Sophomore Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL), the 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, is leading the Bears in scoring (13.9 ppg.) and assists (40). McGonagill tossed in 18 points and handed out eight assists in the Bears win over Monmouth. He scored 16 points and pulled down six rebounds in Brown's victory over Hartford, and registered a double-double in Brown's season opener vs. Johnson & Wales, scoring 20 points and handing out 10 assists. McGonagill came back vs. Albany in the NIT Season Tip-Off at the Carrier Dome with 17 points, seven assists and five rebounds. He was Brown's top Ivy League scorer in 2011, averaging 14.6 points per game, fourth best in the Ivy League. The fourth Brown player to earn Ivy Rookie of the Year honors, McGonagill set a Brown freshman record with 147 assists, third best in the Brown record book. The game that set McGonagill apart from the rest of the league was his 39-point performance in a win over Columbia, where he tied the Pizzitola Sports Center and Brown freshman scoring record with 39 points against the Lions. His phenomenal performance against the Lions took place less than 48-hours after a facial injury in practice that required 20 stitches from a plastic surgeon, major dental work and necessitated a protective mask to be worn. His 39 points rank 6th all-time at Brown, and are the most points scored by an Ivy League player in eight years (2003). McGonagill also connected on 15 of 19 field goals against Columbia, shattering the Pizzitola record for field goals in a game, seventh best in the Brown record book.
Ponticelli Steps Up: Junior forward Tyler Ponticelli (Northbrook, IL) has turned into a fixture in the Bears' starting lineup, with his 29 assists second best on the Brown team. Pointielli scored just four points vs. Monmouth, but he distributed a career high seven assists and grabbed five rebounds. He scored 10 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and handed out six assists against Manhattan in the NIT Season Tip-Off at the Carrier Dome. Ponticelli stepped up his game in the Bears' season opener against Johnson & Wales with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, all career highs. He connected on 6 of 7 field goals in 31 minutes of play. He came back with five assists and three steals vs. Albany.
Albrecht Scores Career High In Back-to-Back Games: Junior Steven Albrecht (Crown Point, IN), a transfer from Toledo, has registered new career scoring highs in back-to-back games vs. Monmouth and Sacred Heart. He netted a career best 23 points vs. Sacred Heart, while connecting on six treys, 10th best in Brown basketball history. He had a break-out game in a starting role vs. Monmouth, scoring a then career high 22 points on 8 of 13 shooting from the field, including 4 of 8 shooting from behind the three-point arc. He earned his first start vs. Hartford, scoring eight points and grabbing five rebounds. He started 11 of 12 games for Toledo, while averaging 11.2 points and 2.6 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. While with the Rockets, Albrecht scored 20 points against Michigan State and Cornell, and 19 points vs. Cincinnati, and netted 15 or more points five times. A strong long-range shooter, Albrecht shot 41-percent (28 of 68) from behind the three-point arc.
Watch Live Video of The Bears On The Internet: Brown basketball fans can watch a live video and audio feed (WPRV - AM 790) of all home games through the America One Network. All five home football games will be aired through Brown's athletic website http://brownbears.com. Fans wanting to watch Brown events via America One will need a high-speed Internet connection and a current version of Windows Media Player. Games will be sold on an individual basis at $8 per game or $75 for the season. A 30-day pass for $30 allows the viewer to watch all Brown events during a 30-day period.
What's Up Doc? Sophomore forward Dockery Walker (Dover, DE) came up with a strong performance against Manhattan in the NIT Season Tip-Off at the Syracuse Carrier Dome. He registered a double-double against the Jaspers, with 12 points on 6 of 7 shooting from the field, while grabbing 10 rebounds. He opened the season with six points and four rebounds vs. Johnson & Wales. Last year, Walker scored 10 points and pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds in his first significant playing time against American. He also had a double-double against Lyndon State (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Columbia (13 points, 12 rebounds), where he connected on all six of his field goal attempts.
Harris Provides Offense/Defense: The only senior on the Brown squad, Jean Harris (Los Angeles, CA) returns to the Brown squad after a year-and-a half hiatus. Harris, who has started three games, earned a start in Brown's opener vs. Johnson & Wales and responded with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. A strong defensive player, he scored eight points vs. Albany in the NIT Season Tip-Off. He netted nine points and played solid defense against George Mason. In Brown's 2009 season opening game, Harris scored 18 points against St. Francis on 7 of 7 shooting from the field.
Head Coach Jesse Agel: Bears' head Coach Jesse Agel begins his fourth season at the helm of the basketball program with a goal of building the Brown 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.
McCarthy Among Top Shot Blockers: Junior forward Andrew McCarthy (Sudbury, MA) made the difference in Brown's win over Hartford with 13 points and a career high 14 rebounds against the Hawks. He also scored 13 points in Brown's win over Monmouth, and pulled down a team high six rebounds against Sacred Heart. McCarthy is an outstanding shot blocker, swatting-away 68 career shots, sixth best in Brown basketball history. He averaged 6.7 points and 4.2 rebounds a game last season, but saved the best for last, exploding for a career high 21 points against Columbia, while pulling down 10 rebounds in Brown's final game of the season. He's comfortable around the basket and shot 56-percent from the field.
Brown Career Blocked Shots
1. 163, Matt Mullery (2006-2010)
2. 119, Alai Nuualiitia (1999-2003)
3. 93, Stark Langs (1981-1985)
4. 89, Jamie Kilburn (2000-2004)
5. 77, Anthony Katsaros (1984-1988)
6. 68, Andrew McCarthy (2009-2011)
7. 65, Kirk Lowry (1988-1992)
8. 64, Jim Turner (1982-1986)
9. 61, Joel Koplik (1991-1995)
61, Peter Moss (1977-1980)
Matt Sullivan Scores 26 vs. Albany: Junior co-captain Matt Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) scored 19 of his career high 26 points in the second half vs. Albany in the NIT Season Tip-Off at the Carrier Dome, connecting on 8 of 18 field goals, including 5 of 9 from behind the three-point arc. He had 13 points and five rebounds in Brown's win over Monmouth, and netted 10 points vs. Sacred Heart. Sullivan chipped in with 10 points and 5 rebounds against Manhattan in the second game of the NIT Season Tip-Off. He is a hard-nosed player and team leader, who saw action in 27 of Brown's 28 games in 2010-2011, and has started 35 games in his first two years. He averaged 5.7 points per game last year as he transitioned from point guard to shooting guard. Sullivan scored in double figures five times last year, netting a career high 22 points at Princeton on 7 of 11 shooting from the field.
Halpern Sidelined Indefinitely: Senior co-captain Tucker Halpern (Brookline, MA) will be sidelined indefinitely due to mononucleosis. Halpern is an All-Ivy player who averaged 12.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Bears a year ago. He scored in double figures 19 times last year, including a career high 29 points against Harvard, where he connected on 10 of 15 field goals, including 6 of 9 from behind the three-point arc, 10th best in Brown basketball history. A marvelous passer, Halpern dished out 66 assists, including seven in the Bears' victory over Princeton. He grabbed a career best 12 rebounds against Quinnipiac and completed the double-double with 26 points against the Bobcats. Halpern ranked sixth in the Ivy League in scoring with 14.3 ppg in league games.
Brown Basketball Interactive Magazine: Brown Athletics has 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/1111/
Maia Ineligible: The NCAA has denied eligibility to Bears' freshman forward Rafael Maia (Santa Cruz, Brazil) based on a new NCAA rule that affects him as a graduate of a high school in the Southern Hemisphere. Maia, an engineering concentrator at Brown, graduated from high school in December 2009 and enrolled at Maine Central Institute in September 2010. The new rule says that a student –athlete must enroll in a member institution within one year of graduation from high school. A popular pick by several preseason magazines as the Ivy Rookie of the Year, Maia will lose his first year of eligibility.
Donnelly and Lundevall Added To Bears' Roster: Head coach Jesse Agel has added junior guards Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, MA) and Tellef Lundevall (Highland Park, IL) to the Brown roster. Donnelly was a 1,000 point scorer, two-year captain, and two-time team MVP at Longmeadow High School. He is a quarterback for the Brown football team. Lundevall was the team captain, All-Conference selection and 3-point state finalist at Highland Park High School. He is a wide receiver for the Brown football team. Both also attended Phillips Exeter Academy.
Bear Facts: The Bears are scheduled to play 31 games in 2011-2012, tying the school record for games played…Brown posted an 11-17 record last year, including a 4-10 Ivy League mark...Brown is playing its 106 season of intercollegiate basketball…Freshman Christian Gore came off the bench to score six points vs. George Mason and five points vs. Monmouth in the NIT Season Tip-Off…Sophomore Josh Biber netted a career high seven points vs. George Mason.
Brown's Class of 2015: Head coach Jesse Agel welcomes four players to the Brown squad – Christian Gore, Joe Sharkey, Longi Yiljep and Jon Schmidt. Gore is a 6-2 guard from El Paso, TX, who averaged 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game at Franklin High School. Sharkey, the MVP of the 2011 National Prep School Championship, is a 6-2 combo guard from Norwood, MA, who averaged 15 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds per game as a senior at Northfield Mount Hermon. A native of Samari-Zaria, Nigeria, Yiljep averaged 12 points and 5 rebounds a game as a senior at Westtown (PA) High School. Schmidt, a 6-7 forward from Baltimore, MD, scored 1,202 career points and grabbed 1,079 rebounds at Friends School of Baltimore.
Bears On The Air: Brown's entire 31-game schedule is being broadcast on WPRV-AM 790 with Scott Cordischi, the voice of Brown basketball and football, calling all the action. Former Brown basketball star Russ Tyler '71 (1,133 career points) provides the color analysis. Brown fans can also listen to the broadcast on brownbears.com.