Providence, RI - The Brown men's basketball will play its final home games of the 2011-2012 season, hosting Cornell on Friday, February 24 (7:00 pm) and Columbia on Saturday, February 25 (6:00 p.m.) at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Brown will honor its three seniors – Jean Harris '12, student-coach Marques Coleman '12, and manager Andrew Varone '12 – in ceremonies prior to Saturday night's game.
The Records: Brown (7-20, 1-9 Ivy) is coming off road losses to first place Harvard (69-42) and Dartmouth (58-53). Cornell (10-14, 5-5 Ivy) dropped games at Penn (73-66) and Princeton (75-57) last week, while Columbia (14-12, 3-7 Ivy) also lost games to the Tigers (77-66) and Quakers (61-59 ot).
Sullivan Named Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American: Brown junior guard Matthew Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Men's Basketball team in Division I, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Sullivan was named to the Academic All-American third team. An Economics concentrator, Sullivan has posted a 4.0 grade point average. He is averaging 9.6 points per game overall, including 12.4 ppg in Ivy League games, second best on the Brown team.
The Brown vs. Cornell Series Record: Brown and Cornell will be meeting for the 119th time, dating back to 1949-1950, with the Big Red holding a 72-46 series advantage. Cornell has won the last 11 games between the two teams, including a 72-63 win over the Bears when the two teams met on 2/11/12 in Ithaca. Brown' last win over the Big Red was a 69-64 victory in Ithaca on 2/26/06.
The Brown vs. Columbia Series Record: Brown and Columbia have met 128 times, dating back to 1900-1901, with the Lions holding a 68-60 series advantage. Columbia has captured the last two games in the series, including 86-60 win over the Bears two weeks ago (2/10/12) in New York City. Brown earned an 87-79 win over the Lions on 2/4/10 in Providence behind a Pizzitola Sports Center record 39 points by Sean McGonagill '14.
McCarthy Strong Inside: Junior forward Andrew McCarthy (Sudbury, MA) missed Friday's game vs. Harvard, but returned to the line-up against Dartmouth Saturday evening. McCarthy set a school record with seven blocked shots in Brown's first meeting with Dartmouth. He was named the Ivy League Player of the Week after scoring 19 points and pulling down 11 rebounds against the Big Green, and scoring 13 points and grabbing six rebounds against Harvard. McCarthy has turned into one of the top big men in the Ivy League, averaging 7.5 rebounds per game, fourth best in the league, while scoring 10.3 points per game. He is an outstanding shot blocker, swatting-away 100 career shots, third best in Brown basketball history. McCarthy put together a 20-point, 12-rebound performance against Penn in the first meeting. He tossed in 15 points on 6 of 7 shooting from the field, and grabbed nine rebounds, in Brown's win over Bryant. McCarthy scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds in Brown's first game against Yale. He came up with a strong performance against Longwood with 16 points and a career high 19 rebounds, the second highest number of rebounds in the Ivy League this season. His 19 rebounds were the most for a Brown player since Matt Mullery '10 grabbed 20 rebounds against Harvard on 3/6/09. He recently scored 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds vs. American. McCarthy tossed in 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds vs. Maine, and netted 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Brown's win over Central Connecticut. McCarthy had a 14-point, 12-rebound 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, and 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. He made the difference in Brown's win over Hartford with 13 points and a career high 14 rebounds against the Hawks. 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.
Brown Season - Blocked Shots Brown Career - Blocked Shots
1. 59, Matt Mullery (2008-2009) 1. 163, Matt Mullery (2006-2010)
2. 48, Matt Mullery (2009-2010) 2. 119, Alai Nuualiitia (1999-2003)
3. 42, Jamie Kilburn (2003-2004) 3. 100, Andrew McCarthy (2009- present)
4. 40, Alai Nuualiitia (2002-2003) 4. 93, Stark Langs (1981-1985)
5. 39, Stark Langs (1983-1984) 5. 89, Jamie Kilburn (2000-2004)
6. 37, Matt Mullery (2007-2008)
37, by Andrew McCarthy (201-2012)
7. 33, Anthony Katsaros (1987-1988)
33, by Andrew McCarthy (2009-2010)
9. 32, Anthony Katsaros (1986-1987)
10. 30, Andrew McCarthy, (2010-2011)
McGonagill Return To Action: Sophomore Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL), the 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, missed Brown's first games against Columbia and Cornell due to injury after starting 51 straight games for the Bears since he arrived on the Brown campus. He returned to the lineup last week and scored 11 points at Harvard and 14 points at Dartmouth. McGonagill leads the Bears and ranks fifth in the Ivy League in scoring with 13.9 points per game, and second in assists (5.6 apg). His 287 career assists rank 8th in the Brown record book. McGonagill registered a double-double in Brown's first game with Dartmouth, scoring 11 points and distributing 10 assists. He was the offensive star for Brown in its first meeting with Yale, scoring 23 points on 4 of 6 shooting from behind the three-point arc. McGonagill scored 30-plus points for the second time in his career, netting 30 points vs. Longwood by connecting on six treys (6 of 10), 10th best in the Brown record book. The high scoring McGonagill netted 25 of his team high 27 points in the second half against Central Connecticut, while handing out a career high 11 assists and grabbing seven rebounds. He scored 19 points against URI and St. Francis (NY), and tossed in 18 points and handed out eight assists in the Bears win over Monmouth. McGonagill 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. He came back vs. Albany 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.
Brown Career Assists Brown Single Season Assists
1. 577, by Mike Waitkus (1982-86) 1. 155, by Jason Forte (2002-2003)
2. 514, by Jason Forte (2001-2005) 2. 150, by Mike Waitkus (1983-84)
3. 380, by Eric Blackiston (1992-96) 3. 147, by Sean McGonagill (2010-11)
4. 379, by Rick Lloyd (1988-92) 4. 144, by Mike Waitkus (1985-86)
5. 362, by Eddie Morris (1972-75) 5. 143, by Mike Waitkus (1984-85)
6. 299, by Chuck Savage (1988-92) 6. 140, by Mike Waitkus (1982-83)
7. 294, by Omari Ware (1999-2002) 8. 140, by Sean McGonagill (2011-12)
8. 287, by Sean McGonagill (2010-present) 7. 133, by Eddie Morris (1973-74)
9. 281, by Alex Bynum (1980-84) 9. 129, by Jason Forte (2003-04)
10. 277, by Jim Burke (1971-74) 10. 127, by Dom Taylor (1986-87)
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.
Ponticelli Steps Up: Junior forward Tyler Ponticelli (Northbrook, IL) has started 19 games and is one of just two Brown players to compete in all 27 games. In Brown's first meeting with Cornell, Ponticelli grabbed career high 10-rebounds. He had a big weekend against Princeton and Penn, connecting on 11 of 15 field goals. Ponticelli scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds vs. the Tigers, and netted 10 points with five rebounds vs. the Quakers. He scored 12 points vs. Maine, connecting on 5 of 8 field goals. A strong passer, his 62 assists rank 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. Ponticelli stepped up his game in the Bears' season opener against Johnson & Wales with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, all career highs.
Matt Sullivan Steadies Bears' Offense: Junior co-captain Matt Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) is Brown's fourth leading scorer with 9.6 points per game, has scored in double figures in Brown's last seven games. Last week, Sullivan netted 14 points vs. Dartmouth on 4 of 4 shooting from the field, including 3 of 3 from behind the three-point arc. He scored 17 points vs. Columbia, and came back with 21 points vs. Cornell, connecting on 9 of 14 treys in the two games. Sullivan has started 25 games, and competed in all 27 contests. He stepped up his play in the Ivy opener against Yale with 16 points on 5 of 10 shooting from the field, including 3 of 7 from behind the three-point arc. Sullivan tossed in a team high 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds against Maine. Sullivan registered 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 scored 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. Sullivan is a hard-nosed player and team leader, who saw action in 27 of Brown's 28 games in 2010-2011, and has started 37 games in his first three years. 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.
Albrecht Scoring In Double Figures: Junior Steven Albrecht (Crown Point, IN) is Brown's third leading scorer (10.2 ppg) and leads the Brown team with 56 treys (56 of 155). Albrecht netted 11 points in Brown's first game vs. Cornell, and had 11 points vs. Dartmouth on Saturday. He netted 13 points against Harvard, and scored 21 points to lead Brown over Bryant. Albrecht had 23 points in Brown's second game vs. Yale, tying his career scoring high, and scored 12 points in the first meeting with Yale, all on treys, connecting on 4 of 7 three-point attempts. Albrecht had a 15-point, five assist, performance against Longwood. He scored all of his 13 points in the second half against American, and turned in a 17-point performance against Central Connecticut, connecting on 4 of 6 treys, while grabbing a career high seven rebounds. Albrecht 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. A transfer from Toledo, Albrecht started 11 of 12 games the Rockets, 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.
Bears In The Ivy League Stats (Top 5):
Rebounding 3rd Andrew McCarthy (7.5 rpg)
Field Goal Percentage 3rd Andrew McCarthy (.524)
Assists 2nd Sean McGonagill (5.6 apg)
Blocked Shots 4th Andrew McCarthy (1.4 per game)
Defensive Rebounds 3rd Andrew McCarthy (5.5 per game)
Minutes Played 2nd Sean McGonagill (35.5 per game)
Harris Provides Offense/Defense: Jean Harris (Los Angeles, CA), who had 14 points vs. Columbia two weeks ago, is the only senior on the Brown squad, and provides instant offense and strong defense. Harris netted 15 points in Brown's first meeting with Dartmouth on 6 of 9 shooting from the field, including 3 of 5 shooting from behind the three-point arc. He ranks fourth on the Brown team with 36 treys (36 of 88, .409). Harris tossed in 14 points vs. American by connecting on 4 of 7 treys and 5 of 9 field goals overall. He netted a season high 17 points against Central Connecticut, connecting on 6 of 8 field goals, including 4 of 5 from behind the three-point arc. 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. In Brown's 2009 season opening game, Harris scored 18 points against St. Francis (NY) on 7 of 7 shooting from the field.
Bear Facts: 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. Lundevall, the second leading wide receiver on the Brown football team with 43 receptions, earned his first career start against American. He scored three points and grabbed five rebounds vs. Maine. He scored a career high five points vs. St. Francis (NY) and Bryant. Donnelly, who had two points and two rebounds vs. American, is the projected starting quarterback for the Brown football team… Freshman forward Longi Yiljep (Samaru-Zaria, Nigeria) scored a career high eight points in 20 minutes of play against New Hampshire, and blocked a career best three shots vs. Maine…Freshman Christian Gore has decided to leave the Brown team (12/11/11)…Freshman guard Joe Sharkey (Norwood, MA) will miss the entire season after having surgery… The 61 points scored by the Bears in the second half vs. Central Connecticut (90-80, W) are the most points scored in a half since the Bears netted 60 points in the second half of a 95-83 win over Navy on January 5, 2002…The Bears are scheduled to play 31 games in 2011-2012, tying the school record for games played… Brown should be looking to play more schools in the state of Rhode Island next year, having posted a 3-1 record against teams from the Ocean State. The Bears have beaten URI, Bryant and Johnson & Wales, while losing only to Providence.
Halpern Out For Season: Junior All-Ivy forward Tucker Halpern (Brookline, MA) is out for the entire 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.
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. TJ Sorrentine netted 2,013 career points for Vermont; Ryan Schneider had 1,113 career points for Vermont and Marist; and Kenyon Spears tossed in 789 career points for Lamar. 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).
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.
What's Up Doc? Sophomore forward Dockery Walker (Dover, DE) scored 10 points against both Dartmouth and Harvard in the first meeting between the teams, and pulled down seven rebounds against the Crimson. He has started 16 games for the Bears, including 10 of the last 12. Playing with remnants of the flu, Walker scored six points and pulled down four rebounds against Yale. He contributed with six points and three rebounds vs. Maine, and pulled down seven rebounds against St. Francis. 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 scored 10 points and pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds vs. 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.
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.
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/
Jesse Agel Show: The Jesse Agel Coach's Radio Show will be broadcast every Wednesday throughout the season. Agel will team with Scott Cordischi, the voice of Brown basketball, and selected guests each week. All the shows will air at 6:00 pm from a local restaurant. Wednesday's show will be at Spat's on the East Side of Providence, while next Wednesday's show, February 29, will be at McCormick & Schmick's in downtown Providence. All 10 Jesse Agel Show's will be aired live on WPRV- AM 790, or can be accessed on Brownbears.com.
Next Week: Brown wraps-up its 2011-2012 season on the road, traveling to Philadelphia on Friday, March 2 (7:00 p.m.) to face Penn, and heading to Princeton, NJ on Saturday, March 3 to battle Princeton (7:30 p.m.)
Pictured: Senior Jean Harris