Bears Face Sacred Heart In Saturday Matinee Matchup

Game Notes

Providence, R.I. -  After narrowly falling to Providence College on Wednesday, Brown returns to the hardwood on Saturday, November 16, traveling south on Rt. 95 to Fairfield, Connecticut, for a matinee match-up against Sacred Heart.  Tip-off is 2:00 pm.

The Records:  Brown (1-1) battled Providence down to the wire and had a chance to take the lead in last three seconds, before falling to the Friars, 73-69, at the Dunkin Donuts Center.  Senior guard Sean McGonagill scored 14 of his game high 21 points in the second half. Sacred Heart (0-2) is coming off a 122-118 double overtime loss to Holy Cross Wednesday evening.  Evan Kelly's 32 points led the Pioneers, who will be playing their first home game of the season vs. Brown.

 

The Brown-Sacred Heart Series Record: Brown and Sacred Heart have faced each other four times with the series tied, 2-2. Last year, Brown earned a 69-56 win over the Pioneers in Providence, RI. Sacred Heart's last win over the Bears came on 11-29-11, earning a 77-64 victory in Fairfield, CT.

 

Last Year's Game:  Forward Rafael Maia '15 scored 19 points and grabbed a career high 15 rebounds to lead Brown to a 69-56 win over Sacred Heart in a non-league game at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

 

Busy Early Season Schedule:  The Bears are in the midst of a hectic early season schedule, playing five games in 13 days.

All-Ivy Sean McGonagill Leads Ivy League In Scoring:  At the head of the class in Brown's backcourt is first team All-Ivy guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL), an incredibly skilled two-time All-Ivy selection, who can play the point or off the ball. McGonagill, the Ivy league's leading scorer with 21.5 points per game, tried to give the Bears an upset win over Providence, by hitting a trey with nine seconds remaining to put Brown within two points, stealing the inbounds pass and taking a three-point attempt with three seconds remaining that just fell off the front rim.  He scored 14 of his game high 21 points in the second half against the Friars.  McGonagill opened the season with a 22 point performance against Binghamton, connecting on 7-of-10 field goals, including 4-of-6 from behind the three-point arc. One of the top scorers in Brown basketball history, McGonagill has scored 1,156 career points at Brown, 16th best in Brown history.  His 417 career assists rank third in the Brown record book.  Last year, he was the Ivy League's fourth leading scorer with 14.0 points per game and also ranked fourth in the league in assists. McGonagill scored 20 or more points six times a year ago, including a season-high 24 points in Brown's win over Princeton that eliminated the Tigers from Ivy title contention. He led the Bears with 61 treys, while his 156 career treys are seventh all-time at Brown.

 

Brown's 1,000 Point Scorers – Top 20

1.     2,041     Earl Hunt (1999-03)               

2.     1,668     Arnie Berman (1969-72)               

3.     1,597     Jason Forte (2001-05)

4.     1,361     Peter Sullivan (2007-2011)

5.     1,344     Alai Nuualiitia (1999-03)     

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

7.     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.   1,156     Sean McGonagill (2010-present)                    

17.   1,147     Lou Murgo (1951-55)

18.   1,134     Matt Mullery (2006-2010)

19.   1,133     Rusty Tyler (1968-1971)

20.   1,100     Mark McAndrew (2004-08)

 

Brown's All-Time Career Assists

1.     577, by Mike Waitkus (1982-86)
2.     514, by Jason Forte (2001-2005)

3.     417, by Sean McGonagill (2010-present)
4.     380, by Eric Blackiston (1992-96)

Head Coach Mike Martin: Former Brown basketball standout Mike Martin '04, the 31st head men's basketball coach in the program's 106-year history, has changed the direction and culture of the program, with the building blocks in place to develop an Ivy Championship team. Martin took over the reins of the program in 2012-13 and was named a finalist for the Joe B. Hall Award as the nation's outstanding first-year head coach after leading the Bears to a turnaround season with a 13-15 overall record, including a fourth place finish in the Ivy standings with a 7-7 mark after winning four of its last five games. 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.

 

Kuakumensah – Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year:  Sophomore forward Cedric Kuakumensah (Worcester, MA) turned into the premier defensive player in the Ivy League by blocking a Brown record 66 shots, a mark that ranked sixth in Ivy League history, and was the most ever by a first-year player. He was the first freshman in Ivy League history to be named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year.  Kuakumensah scored 14 points and pulled down four rebounds against Providence. He opened the season by scoring nine points, pulling down 14 rebounds and blocking six shots in Brown's win over Binghamton.  Last year, he led the Ivy League with 2.4 blocks per game, and scored a season high 19 points against Columbia. Kuakumensah ranked second in the Ivy League in rebounding with 7.5 per game, just one rebound behind teammate Rafael Maia. He turned in the Ivy League's top rebounding performance with 19 rebounds against Cornell. Kuakumensah, who played at the St. Andrew's School in Barrington, RI, blocked seven shots against both Penn and Cornell to tie the Brown single-game record. His 66 blocked shots also rank fifth on Brown's career list.

 

Brown Career Blocked Shots
1.     163, Matt Mullery (2006-2010)
2.     119, Alai Nuualiitia (1999-2003)

3.     104, Andrew McCarthy (2009-2011)
4.     93, Stark Langs (1981-1985)
5.     89, Jamie Kilburn (2000-2004)
6.     77, Anthony Katsaros (1984-1988)

7.     75, Cedric Kuakumensah (2012-2013)
8.     65, Kirk Lowry (1988-1992)

9.     64, Jim Turner (1982-1986)

        64, Mark McDonald (2004-2008)

 

Walker Returns:  Junior forward Dockery Walker (Magnolia, DE) returns after missing all of last season due to injury. Walker had a big game against Providence, with 11 points and four rebounds. He scored six points vs. Binghamton in Brown's season opener, connecting on all three of his shots from the field. As a sophomore in 2011-12, he scored in double figures 13 times, including a career high 23 points against Cornell, connecting on 10-of-11 field goals, while completing the double-double with 17 rebounds against the Big Red.  Walker, who started 19 games, was Brown's second leading rebounder with 4.6 rebounds per game. 

 

Captains:  Senior guard Sean McGonagill, junior forward Rafael Maia and sophomore forward Cedric Kuakumensah are the tri-captains of the 2013-14 Brown men's basketball team.

 

Rafael Maia – Ivy League's Leading Rebounder: Junior Rafael Maia (Sao Paulo, Brazil) opened the season with a dominating performance against Binghamton, scoring 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while grabbing nine rebounds.   He had four points and four rebounds against Providence on Wednesday. Last year, he led the Ivy League in rebounding with 7.5 per game. The rugged Brazilian, who played for his country at this summer's World University Games in Russia, was recently named the Ivy League's best rebounder by Lindy's Sports Annuals.  A two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week a year ago, Maia averaged 10.5 points per game, 10th best in the Ivy League.  He netted a career high 22 points, while pulling down 13 rebounds against Cornell, and grabbed a season high 15 rebounds against Rhode Island and Sacred Heart.

 

Freshmen Impress: Brown had four freshmen play 15 or more minutes in its season opening win over Binghamton.  Freshman point guard Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD) started and had nine points and three assists in 24 minutes; freshman forward Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX) also started and scored six points and grabbed five rebounds in 36 minutes; freshman forward Leland King (Inglewood, CA) netted six points and pulled down three rebounds, while playing 15 minutes; and freshman guard Matty Madigan (Winston Salem, NC) saw 20 minutes of play, scoring two points and making four steals.  Each contributed against Providence with freshman Norman Hobbie (Spring Lake, NJ) knocking down his first career trey, and freshman Aram Martin (San Antonio, TX) grabbing three rebounds against the Friars.

 

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 BrownBears.com.

 

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Next Game:  Brown returns to the hardwood on Tuesday, November 19, traveling to Lowell, Massachusetts for the first ever meeting with UMass-Lowell in its first year of Division I basketball. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 pm at the Costello Athletic Center.