Brown Basketball Returns To The Pizzitola Sports Center For Weekend Games vs. Columbia and Cornell

Brown Basketball Returns To The Pizzitola Sports Center For Weekend Games vs. Columbia and Cornell

Providence, R.I. -  Coach Mike Martin's Brown men's basketball team returns to the Pizzitola Sports Center after a grueling five-game road stint for Ivy League home games against Columbia and Cornell this weekend.  The Bears, riding a five game home winning streak, host the Lions on Friday, February 15, at 7 pm, in a game televised live by MyRITV, and the face Big Red on Saturday, February 16,  at 6 pm.


The Records:  The Ivy League schedule makers weren't kind to the Bears at the outset of the Ivy season. Playing its fourth and fifth consecutive Ivy League games on the road last week, Brown (8-12, 2-4 Ivy) dropped games to Princeton, 63-46, and Penn, 71-48. The Bears return to the Pizzitola Sports Center where they have won five straight games on their home court. Columbia (10-10, 2-4 Ivy) upset first place Harvard at home on Sunday, after falling, 60-57, to Dartmouth on Friday.  Cornell (11-12, 3-3 Ivy) split Ivy home games last week, losing to Harvard, 67-65, and defeating Dartmouth, 79-56.

MyRITV:  Friday's game vs. Columbia is being telecast on MyRITV. Broadcast in High Definition, WPRI-TV Eyewitness Sports Director Eric Murphy will call the play, and former Brown standout Russ Tyler '71 will provide the color commentary


McGonagill Scores 1,000th Career Points: Bears' junior guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL) became the 25th player in Brown basketball history to score 1,000 or more career points last Saturday at Penn. He now has 1,006 career points.


Kuakumensah – Brown Blocked Shots Record: Freshman forward Cedric Kuakumensah (Worcester, MA) blocked seven shots vs. Penn last Saturday to tie Brown's all-time mark for blocked shots in a game.  Andrew McCarthy '14 blocked seven shots vs. Dartmouth a year ago.

The Brown vs. Cornell Series Record:  Brown and Cornell will be meeting for the 120th time, dating back to 1949-1950, with the Big Red holding a 73-46 series advantage. Cornell has won the last 12 games between the two teams, including a 69-63 win over the Bears on 2/24/12 in Providence. Brown's 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 129 times, dating back to 1900-1901, with the Lions holding a 68-61 series advantage. The two teams split games last year, with Brown taking a 94-78 decision in Providence on 2/25/12 behind Sean McGonagill's 28 points. The Lions earned a 86-60 win over the Bears (2/10/12) in New York City.

Did You Know? Guard Sean McGonagill '14 has a scoring average of 27.0 ppg in three career games against Columbia, including a 33.5 scoring average vs. the Lions at the Pizzitola Sports Center.  He recently scored his 1,000th career point, and ranks third in the Ivy League in scoring (14.3 ppg) and fourth in assists (4.5 apg).  Brown features the top two rebounders in the Ivy League – forward Rafael Maia '15 and forward Cedric Kuakumensah '16. Maia leads the Ivy League in rebounding with 7.4 per game, while Kuakumensah is averaging 7.2 rebounds per game, second in the Ivy League. He leads the league with 2.1 blocked shots per game… Guard Matt Sullivan '13, has 149 career treys, 7th best in Brown history. Sullivan is the Ivy League's fifth leading scorer with 14.0 ppg…Brown's 7.4 treys per game leads the Ivy League.

Head Coach Mike Martin: Former Brown basketball standout Mike Martin '04 has returned to his alma mater as the 31st head men's basketball coach in the program's 106-year history. A four-year starter at Brown, Martin was part of the winningest class in Bears' basketball history, posting a 63-45 four-year record from 2000-2004. He also helped the Class of 2004 to a school-record 39-17 Ivy League mark during that period -- the best by an Ivy League team, other than Penn and Princeton, since 1970. An Agawam, Mass., native, Martin launched his coaching career at Brown as an assistant coach in 2005-2006 and was an assistant coach at Penn for the last six years. Martin is the fourth Brown alumnus to coach the team. W.W. Reynolds '1907, Mike Cingiser '62 and Gerry Alaimo '72 have also coached at Brown, with Cingiser guiding the Bears to their only Ivy League Championship in 1986. Martin was the first Brown coach to capture his debut game since William H. Dye in 1941.


Albrecht Returns: The Bears welcomed the return of senior guard Stephen Albrecht (Crown Point, IN), who scored a season high 12 points vs. Harvard, including a trey late in overtime to send the game into double overtime. Albrecht saw his first action of the season vs. Daniel Webster on 1/12/13, scoring 11 points against the Eagles on 4-of-6 shooting from the field. He came back with a similar performance against Yale with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field, including 3-of-5 from beyond the three-point arc. A pure shooter, Albrecht's 60 treys led the Bears in 2011-12 and ranked 8th in the Brown record book.  He knocked down six trifectas in scoring 23 points against Sacred Heart, and had 22 points against Monmouth. He also added 23 points against Yale.

Sullivan Named To Capital One Academic All-District Men's Basketball Team: Brown senior captain Matt Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District Men's Basketball Team as selected by CoSIDA for the second straight season. Sullivan will now advance to the national ballot for Academic All-American consideration.  Sullivan, who has a 4.0 GPA as an Economics concentrator at Brown, was a Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American a year ago, earning third team honors.

Sullivan 5th In Ivy Scoring:  Senior tri-captain Matt Sullivan (Wilmette, IL), who was recently named a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection for the second straight year, is turning into the Ivy League's Iron Man, with his 38.0 minutes per game leading the Ivy League. Sullivan, who is averaging 14.0 points per game, fifth best in the Ivy League, ranks seventh in Brown career treys with 147. He has played 109 career games for the Bears, and is approaching Adrian Williams' '11 all-time Brown record of 115 career games played from 2007-2011.Sullivan led the Bears with 15 points, five rebounds and five steals vs. Penn. In 46 minutes of play vs. Harvard, Sullivan connected on 9 of 10 free throws in scoring 18 points. Sullivan has started 84 of 109 career games played at Brown.  He scored 20 points and logged 45 minutes in Brown's overtime win over Niagara. He played a key role in Brown's win over Providence with 12 points and seven rebounds against the Friars. Sullivan was Brown's top scorer with 14 points vs. URI, and scored a game high 18 points vs. Notre Dame. He scored a season high 20 points against St. Francis, while grabbing five rebounds, and came back against Sacred Heart with 16 points and five rebounds. Sullivan scored a game high 18 points, while grabbing six rebounds against Binghamton, and followed that up with a team high 18 points and five rebounds vs. Central Connecticut. He also led the Bears with 18 points against New Hampshire. He netted a career high 26 points against Albany last year, hitting 5-of-9 treys against the Great Danes.  He later nailed 5-of-8 treys in scoring 21 points against Columbia. Sullivan is also a CoSIDA Academic All-American.

Matt Sullivan:           Career Points           Career Treys

2009-10                       191                              36

2010-11                       144                              20

2011-12                       303                              56

2012-13                       279                              37

TOTAL                      917                              149


Brown Record Book:  Career 3-Pointers Made
1.     232, Damon Huffman (2004-2008)
2.     215, Brian Lloyd (1992-1996)
3.     201, Rick Lloyd (1988-1992)
4.     165, Mark McAndrew (2004-2008)

5.     159, Adrian Williams (2007-2011)
6.     158, Earl Hunt (1999-2003)

7.     149, Matt Sullivan (2009-present)
8.     143, Mike Martin (2000-2004)

9.     142, Peter Sullivan (2007 – 2011)

        142, Sean McGonagill (2010-present)


Ponticelli Solid In Middle:  Brown senior forward Tyler Ponticelli (Northbrook, IL), who had four points and six rebounds in Brown's second game vs. Yale, has come off the bench to provide a solid defensive presence for the Bears. Ponticelli netted six points, grabbed six rebounds and scored the go-ahead basket in overtime in Brown's win over Niagara. He added four points and five rebounds vs. Daniel Webster. Ponticelli scored a season high six points against URI, and pulled down four rebounds in the Bears' win over Providence. He grabbed a season high nine rebounds against Sacred Heart and added six rebounds vs. New Hampshire. Ponticelli opened the season with a solid game vs. Binghamton, grabbing four rebounds against the Bearcats.


All-Ivy Sean McGonagill Reaches 1,000 Point Mark:  Second team All-Ivy junior point guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL) scored his 1,000th career point vs. Penn last Saturday. He ranks fourth in the Ivy League with 4.5 assists per game, third in scoring with 14.4 ppg and third in 3-point field goals made. McGonagill netted a game high 20 points and handed out eight assists while playing all 50 minutes vs. Harvard. He was named the Ivy League's Co-Player of the Week after coming up big in Brown's first game vs. Yale with 20 points, five rebounds, four assists and zero turnovers in 38 minutes of play. McGonagill scored a game high 23 points and handed out seven assists in Brown's win over Niagara, scoring seven of Brown's 13 points in overtime. He played a major role in Brown's win over Providence, scoring 13 points and handing out five assists, despite foul trouble. He accounted for nearly half of Brown's points vs. Northwestern with 20 points against the Wildcats. McGonagill, who had 15 points vs. Notre Dame, tossed in a game high 23 points against St. Francis (NY), while handing out five assists.  He opened the season with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists against Binghamton, and added 16 points against Maine and 14 points vs. Bryant. He was the Ivy League's fifth leading scorer a year ago, averaging 13.5 points per game for the Bears. The 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year handed out 157 assists to set a new Brown record, breaking the previous mark of 155 assists by Jason Forte in 2002-2003. He also scored 28 points in Brown's win over Columbia, connecting on 8-of-11 field goals, and just missing a triple-double by adding eight rebounds and eight assists. Last year, McGonagill led the League in assists with 5.4 per game, which ranked 34th nationally.

Sean McGonagill:     Career Points            Career Treys             Career Assists

2010-11                                   329                              39                                147

2011-12                                   392                              56                                157

2012-13                                   285                              47                                  89

TOTAL                                  1,006                           142                              393


Brown Basketball: 1,000 Point Club                                Brown Career Assists:

1.     2,041     Earl Hunt (1999-03)                                      1.     577, by Mike Waitkus (1982-86)

2.     1,668     Arnie Berman (1969-72)                               2.     514, by Jason Forte (2001-2005)

3.     1,597     Jason Forte (2001-05)                                   3.     393, by Sean McGonagill (2010-present)

4.     1,361     Peter Sullivan (2007-2011)                           4.     380, by Eric Blackiston (1992-96)

5.     1,344     Alai Nuualiitia (1999-03)                              5.     379, by Rick Lloyd (1988-92)

6.     1,331     Mike Cingiser (1959-62)     

6.     1,328     Marcus Thompson (1985-89)

8.     1,319     Joe Tebo (1955-58)

9.     1,306     Damon Huffman (2004-08)                      

10.   1,294     Rick Lloyd (1988-92)               

11.   1,288     Brian Saunders (1974-77)

12.   1,241     Phil Brown (1972-75)               

        1,241     Peter Moss (1977-80) 

14.   1,190     Chuck Savage (1988-92)
15.   1,165     Mike Waitkus (1982-86)                       

16.   1,147     Lou Murgo (1951-55)

17.   1,134     Matt Mullery (2006-2010)

18.   1,133     Rusty Tyler (1968-1971)

19.   1,100     Mark McAndrew (2004-08)

20.   1,079     Ira James (1979-1982)

21.   1,046     Gerry Alaimo (1955-58)

22.   1,031     Eric Blackiston (1992-96)     

23.   1,011     Brian Lloyd (1992-96)

24.   1,009     Woody Grimshaw (1944-47)

25.   1,006     Sean McGonagill (2010-present)

Maia – Brown's Top Ivy Scorer:  Rafael Maia (San Paulo, Brazil), a 6-9 sophomore center, is Brown's top scorer in Ivy games with 13.7 ppg. Maia leads the Ivy League with 7.4 rebounds per game. His 21 points and 19 rebounds led the Bears against Princeton last week. He was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week after scoring 21 points on 10-of-11 shooting vs. Dartmouth, and netting 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting vs. Harvard. Maia turned in solid performances in both games vs. Yale with 10 points and four rebounds in each game. He grabbed eight rebounds in Brown's win over Niagara. Against Providence, Maia netted nine points and pulled down 11 rebounds. He pulled down 15 rebounds and scored eight points vs. URI, and scored nine points and grabbed a game high seven rebounds vs. Northwestern. Maia turned in a yeoman's performance against Sacred Heart, scoring 19 points and pulling down a career high 15 rebounds to complete his first career double-double. He had 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds vs. St. Francis, after a 12 point, nine rebound performance against Bryant. Maia also had eight points and six rebounds vs. Notre Dame. Maia was named the Ivy Rookie of the Week after scoring 14 points vs. Central Connectricut. and coming back with 21 points against Maine. His 21 points vs. Maine came on 9-of-14 shooting from the field, while also pulling down eight rebounds. Maia's 14 points vs. Central Connecticut came on 6-of-8 shooting from the field, while grabbing five rebounds. A native of Brazil, Maia is a talented big man with tremendous skills. He was ineligible last year due to an NCAA technicality based on his high school graduation date in Brazil, but practiced with the Bears.


Halpern Fourth In Ivy League Treys: All-Ivy junior forward Tucker Halpern (Brookline, MA), a long-range marksman, ranks fourth in the Ivy League in treys with 2.3 per game. He had a strong double-double performance vs. Niagara with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and had a nine point, five rebound performance against Harvard.  Halpern was named the Ivy League's Player of the Week and the College Sports Madness National Mid-Major Player of the Week after scoring 28 points against Providence and connecting on the game-winning trey with 7.3 seconds remaining. He had 15 of his 28 points in the second half against the Friars, and connected on 10-of-17 shots from the field, including 8-of-15 from long range. Halpern's eight treys rank as the second-best, single-game effort in school history and tie for the ninth-best in Ivy League history. He scored a game high 18 points against Albany on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. Halpern also stepped up in a big way against Sacred Heart, coming off the bench to score 14 of his 17 points in the second half, while connecting on 6-of-10 field goals, including 5-of-8 shooting from behind the three-point arc.  Halpern tossed in 10 points against Notre Dame. He returned to the court for the first time this season on 11/15/12 against Central Connecticut, completing a long road back to health. Halpern entered the game at the 10-minute mark of the first half, setting foot on the court for the first time since March 2011.  He missed all of last season and Brown's opening game vs. Binghamton following a long illness.  Halpern hit a trey on his first shot of the game and finished with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from behind the three-point arc. Halpern averaged 12.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Bears two years ago. He scored a career high 29 points against Harvard, when he connected on 10-of-15 field goals, including 6-of-9 from behind the three-point arc. A marvelous passer, Halpern dished out 66 assists, including seven in the Bears' victory over Princeton. Halpern ranked sixth in the Ivy League in scoring in 2011 with 14.3 ppg in League games.

Tucker Halpern:         Career Points           Career Treys

2009-10                                   236                              32                               

2010-11                                   352                              58                               

2012-13                                   163                              39                               

TOTAL                                  751                              129


Kuakumensah Equals Brown Blocks Record: Freshman power forward Cedric Kuakumensah (pronounced Koo-ack-a-men-sa), a rugged 6-8 rebounder, blocked seven shots on the road vs. Penn, to equal the Brown record for blocks in a single game, held by Andrew McCarthy '14 vs. Dartmouth last year.  Six of his seven blocks came in the first 12 minutes of the game. Kuakumensah, whose 44 blocked shots rank third in the Brown record book, leads the Ivy League with 2.2 blocked shots per game, while his 7.2 rebounds per game ranks second in the league.  He scored 13 points, grabbed four rebounds and blocked three shots in Brown's second game with Yale. Kuakumensah pulled down a season high 12 rebounds and blocked two shots against Daniel Webster. He put together a solid performance in Brown's win over Niagara with six points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots. Kuakumensah had six rebounds and three blocks vs. URI. He helped Brown dominate the backboards vs. Providence with a game high 12 rebounds, as the Bears out-rebounded the Friars by a 37-30 margin. He also blocked three shots and grabbed six rebounds vs. Albany. Kuakumensah had nine rebounds and two blocked shots against Notre Dame, and pulled down seven rebounds vs. Northwestern. Kuakumensah registered his third double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. New Hampshire. He registered back-to-back double-doubles, scoring 10 points and grabbing a career high 12 rebounds vs. St. Francis, after scoring 14 points and pulling down 11 rebounds vs. Bryant.  He also blocked four shots against the Bulldogs, fourth best in Brown basketball history. Kuakumensah scored nine points and pulled down five rebounds against Central Connecticut, and grabbed a game high nine rebounds and blocked three shots against Binghamton. A native of Worcester, Mass., he played at nearby St. Andrew's School in Barrington, Rhode Island, where he scored 1,287 points during his high school career.


Brown Single Season Blocked Shots

1.            59, Matt Mullery (2008-2009)

2.            48, Matt Mullery (2009-2010)

3.            44, Cedric Kuakumensah (2012-13)

4.            42, Jamie Kilburn (2003-2004)

5.            41, Andrew McCarthy (2011-12)

6.            40, Alai Nuualiitia (2002-2003)

7.            39, Stark Langs (1983-1984)

8.            37, Matt Mullery (2007-2008)

9.            33, Anthony Katsaros (1987-1988)

               33, by Andrew McCarthy (2009-2010)


Sharkey Posts Double-Double: Sophomore guard Joe Sharkey (Norwood, MA), who started Brown's last two games, registered career highs of 10 points and 10 rebounds against Daniel Webster. He turned in a solid effort in his collegiate debut against Binghamton with five points, a key trey and three rebounds. Sharkey tossed in six points vs. Bryant, hitting two treys, and added three points in Brown's win over Maine, connecting on his only trey of the game. He dished out two assists and had two steals in Brown's win over Providence. Sharkey missed all of last season due to injury.


Schmidt Contributes: Sophomore center Jon Schmidt (Baltimore, MD) pulled down a career high five rebounds in Brown's win over Daniel Webster.  He came up big in Brown's victory over Providence with his first points of the year, scoring four points and grabbing two rebounds. He also contributed some solid minutes against Binghamton, grabbing two rebounds in eight minutes of play. He saw action in 21 games a year ago. Schmidt grabbed a career-best five rebounds against Hartford, and scored a season high four points against Johnson & Wales and Columbia.

Yiljep Sidelined Indefinitely: Sophomore forward Longji Yiljep (Sanaru-Zaria, Nigeria), who earned a starting role in Brown's first eight games, missed the Northwestern game and is sidelined indefinitely due to injury. Yiljep opened the season against Binghamton with six points, three rebounds and a strong defensive effort.  He also had three points and three rebounds vs. Sacred Heart. Last year, Yiljep scored a career high eight points in 20 minutes of play against New Hampshire, and blocked a career-best three shots vs. Maine.


Bears On The Air:  Brown's entire 28-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


Watch Live Video of The Bears On The Internet: Brown basketball fans can watch live video and listen to an audio feed (WPRV - AM 790) of all home games through the America One Network. All 13 home basketball games will be aired through Brown's athletic website  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 a season pass can be purchased for $75. A 30-day pass for $30 allows the viewer to watch all Brown events during a 30-day period.             


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 The Brown basketball interactive magazine can be viewed by going to the men's basketball team page on, and clicking on the Interactive Magazine link under Team Information. Here's the link to the basketball magazine:


Next Week:  Brown continues on its four-game home stand at the Pizzitola Sports Center, hosting Harvard on Friday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m., and Dartmouth on Saturday, February 23 at 6:00 p.m.