Providence, Rhode Island - The Brown men's basketball team will look to get back on the winning track on Saturday, December 10, hosting Central Connecticut in a matinee match-up at the Pizzitola Sports Center, with tip-off scheduled for 2:00 p.m. The Bears, who are 3-1 at home this season, will break for final exams after facing the explosive CCSU team, returning to action again on December 23rd vs. Maine.
The Records: Brown (4-7) dropped a 69-56 decision to New Hampshire on Wednesday after playing its third game in five days, including games at Iowa and at Providence. Central Connecticut (5-3) battled Michigan State for a half on Wednesday before falling to the Spartans by an 89-69 margin in East Lansing, MI.
The Brown vs. Central Conn. Series Record: Brown and CCSU have met five times, dating back to 1989-1990, with Central leading by a 3-2 margin. Last year, Central grabbed a 67-51 win over the Bears on 12/29/10 in New Britain, Connecticut. Brown had won the previous two games between the two teams, including a 79-58 victory on 1/9/04.
High Scoring Hoops Staff: Brown's men's basketball coaching staff ranks fourth among all Division I staffs in scoring with 3,915 career points. Tennessee has the nation's highest scoring coaching staff with 5,381 career points, followed by Auburn (4,373), Valparaiso (4,373), Brown, Kansas (3,805) and Duke (3,804).
Bears Get Break After Saturday's Game: After Saturday's game against Central Connecticut, the Bears will break for final exams for 13 days, returning to the hardwood on Fri., 12/ 23, at home for a matinee match-up vs. Maine at 2:00 p.m. Fans purchasing a ticket to the game will also get one ticket free.
Halern Out For Season: Junior All-Ivy forward Tucker Halpern (Brookline, MA) will be out for the remainder of the season due to illness. Halpern did not play in any games for the Bears in 2011-2012, and missed most of the pre-season. Halpern averaged 12.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Bears a year ago. Halpern ranked sixth in the Ivy League in scoring with 14.3 ppg in league games.
Bear Facts: Freshman forward Longi Yiljep scored a career high eight points in 20 minutes of play against New Hampshire…Freshman guard Christian Gore earned his first collegiate start vs. Providence and tossed in a season best six points…Sophomore forward Dockery Walker has missed Brown's last two games (Providence and UNH) due to illness… 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.
McGonagill Leads Bears' Backcourt: Sophomore Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL), the 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, is leading the Bears in scoring (13.4 ppg.) and assists (59). McGonagill netted a team high 15 points, while handing out five assists, against New Hampshire. He withstood strong Rhode Island pressure to score 19 points and hand out five assists against the Rams, and was solid against Iowa with nine points, eight rebounds and six assists. McGonagill tossed in 18 points and handed out eight assists in the Bears win over Monmouth. He netted 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), who had six rebounds vs. Providence Monday evening, has turned into a fixture in the Bears' starting lineup, with his 34 assists ranked second best on the Brown team. He had six points, three rebounds and three assists against Iowa. Ponticelli 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.
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 15 home basketball 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.
Albrecht Scores Career High In Back-to-Back Games: Junior Steven Albrecht (Crown Point, IN), a transfer from Toledo, is Brown's second leading scorer (9.7 ppg) and leads the Bears with 24 treys. 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. Albrecht had a big game in Brown's win over Rhode Island with 17 points, connecting on 5 of 10 treys. He earned his first start vs. Hartford, scoring eight points and grabbing five rebounds. Albrecht 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.
What's Up Doc? Sophomore forward Dockery Walker (Dover, DE) has missed back-to-back games due to illness (Providence and New Hampshire) after starting six straight games. He came up with a strong performance against Manhattan in the NIT Season Tip-Off at the Syracuse Carrier Dome, registering a double-double against the Jaspers, with 12 points on 6 of 7 shooting from the field, while grabbing 10 rebounds. Walker came up with a career best three steals vs. Rhode Island, while scoring six points and pulling down four rebounds. He opened the season with six points and four rebounds vs. Johnson & Wales. Last year, Walker had three double-doubles. He scored 10 points and pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds against American. He also had double-doubles 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) scored seven points against Providence Monday evening. 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. He netted six points vs. Iowa on 2 of 3 shooting from behind the three-point arc. 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. He returned to the Brown squad after a year-and-a half hiatus. 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.
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.
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/
McCarthy Strong Inside: Junior forward Andrew McCarthy (Sudbury, MA) has turned into one of the top big men in the Ivy League and is coming off a 14 point, 12 rebounds performance vs. New Hampshire. He was the top big man on the floor against Iowa, scoring a game high 17 points and grabbing seven rebounds. He came back with 12 points and seven rebounds vs. Providence. McCarthy came through in a big way vs. Rhode Island, registering a double-double with 12 points on 6 of 9 shooting from the field, and 13 rebounds against the Rams. McCarthy leads the Bears with 6.5 per game rebounds per game. He 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 75 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. 75, Andrew McCarthy (2009-2011)
7. 65, Kirk Lowry (1988-1992)
8. 64, Jim Turner (1982-1986)
Matt Sullivan Scores 26 vs. Albany: Junior co-captain Matt Sullivan (Wilmette, IL), who has started all 11 games for the Bears, ranks fourth on the Brown team with 9.1 points per game. He 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. Sullivan tossed in 10 points vs. Providence, connecting on two treys. 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.
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, a Business Economics 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 added junior guard Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, MA) and junior forward Tellef Lundevall (Highland Park, IL) to the Brown roster on 12/1/11. Both Donnelly and Lundevall saw action in games against Iowa and Providence. 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.
Brown's Class of 2015: Head coach Jesse Agel welcomed 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.
Next Game: Following a 13-day break for final exams, Brown returns to the hardwood on Friday, December 23 to host Maine at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Fans purchasing a ticket to the game will also get one ticket free. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.