January 12, 2013

Brown Overpowers Daniel Webster, 71-34

Providence, R.I. – Senior guard Matt Sullivan scored 18 points and junior guard Sean McGonagill added 15 points to lead Brown to a 71-34 win over Daniel Webster in its final non-league game before the start of Ivy League play.

The 34 points scored by the Eagles are the fewest points since Dartmouth scored 29 points in a 32-29 win for the Bears in the 1979-1980 season.  

The win, Brown's second straight, lifts the Bears to 6-8 overall, while Daniel Webster falls to 5-8 overall.

 "I'm pleased that we had another solid defensive effort," said Brown head coach Mike Martin.  "We want to be playing our best basketball coming into Ivy League play.  We have a huge Ivy game against Yale next week to open the league season."

Sullivan's 18 points led four Brown players in double figures. He connected on 7 of 14 field goals and grabbed six rebounds.  McGonagill had eight assists and five rebounds to go with his 15 points.

Sophomore guard Joe Sharkey registered career highs in points (10) and rebounds (10) for the Bears, recording his first career double-double. Sharkey connected on 4-of-7 field goals, including 2-of-4 treys.

Brown was buoyed by the return of senior guard Stephen Albrecht to the lineup, who scored 11 points in his first action of the season.  Albrecht, who connected on 4 of 6 field goals, including 3 of 5 from behind the three-point arc, had been sidelined since the pre-season due to injury.

"It's good to get Steve back on the court," said Martin. "We limited him to less than 15 minutes today, and hopefully he'll continue to work his way back into shape."

The Bears used their decided height advantage to out-rebound the Eagles by a 50-25 margin. Freshman Cedric Kuakumensah pulled down a career high 12 rebounds to lead the Bears.

"I see my teammates playing hard on the perimeter and I try my best to control the paint," said Kuakumensah.

Leading 16-12 with 13:16 left in the first half following three McGonagill treys, Brown took control of the game by holding the Eagles scoreless for the next 12 minutes.  The Bears led by as many 23 points, 35-12, following two free throws by sophomore Rafael Maia with 1:25 remaining in the opening half.

The Bears held a 37-14 lead at intermission and didn't look back.  Brown limited the Eagles to just 24-percent shooting (13 of 54) from the field.

The 14-game Ivy League Playoffs tips-off next Saturday, January 19, when Brown hosts Yale at the Pizzitola Sports Center, starting at 7:00 p.m. The Ivy League is the only conference in the country that does not have a post-season tournament and determines its champion through regular season play.