Providence, R.I. - Coming off an 85-73 win over Sacred Heart on Saturday, coach Mike Martin's Brown men's basketball team will be playing the third of five straight road games, traveling to UMass-Lowell on Tuesday, November 19, starting at 7:00 pm. It's the first ever meeting between the two New England schools, with UMass-Lowell playing it's first season of Division I athletics.
The Records: Brown (2-1) bounced back from a close loss to Providence to earn an 85-73 road victory over Sacred Heart on Saturday. Senior guard Sean McGonagill scored 14 of his game high 23 points in the second half to lead the Bears. UMass-Lowell (0-3), in its first season of Division I, is coming off a 77-59 loss to Dartmouth. The River Hawks have also lost to Michigan (69-42) and Boston U. (91-65).
- Sean McGonagill '14 is the 15th top scorer in Brown history with 1,179 career points.
- Rafael Maia '15 and Cedric Kuakumensah '16 are each averaging 7.3 rebounds per game. Last year, Maia bested Kuakumensah for the Ivy rebounding title by one rebound, with each averaging 7.5 rebounds per game.
- Norman Hobbie's 14 points vs. Sacred Heart are the most points by a Brown freshman this season.
- 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. One of the top scorers in Brown basketball history, McGonagill has scored 1,179 career points at Brown, 15th best in Brown history. His 418 career assists rank third in the Brown record book, while his 168 career treys are fourth all-time at Brown. McGonagill, the Ivy league's leading scorer with 22.0 points per game, scored 14 of his game high 23 points in the second half to lead the Bears over Sacred Heart, while also making a career high five steals. He 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. 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.
Brown's 1,000 Point Scorers – Top 20 Brown All-Time Career 3-Pointers Made
1. 2,041 Earl Hunt (1999-03) 1. 232, Damon Huffman (2004-2008)
2. 1,668 Arnie Berman (1969-72) 2. 215, Brian Lloyd (1992-1996)
3. 1,597 Jason Forte (2001-05) 3. 201, Rick Lloyd (1988-1992)
4. 1,361 Peter Sullivan (2007-2011) 4. 168, Sean McGonagill (2010-2013)
5. 1,344 Alai Nuualiitia (1999-03) 5. 165, Mark McAndrew (2004-2008)
6. 1,331 Mike Cingiser (1959-62) 165, Matt Sullivan (2009-2013)
7. 1,328 Marcus Thompson (1985-89) 7. 159, Adrian Williams (2007-2011)
8. 1,319 Joe Tebo (1955-58) 8. 158, Earl Hunt (1999-2003)
9. 1,306 Damon Huffman (2004-08) 9. 144, by Tucker Halpern (2009-2013)
10. 1,294 Rick Lloyd (1988-92) 10. 143, Mike Martin (2000-2004)
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. 1,179 Sean McGonagill (2010-present)
16. 1,165 Mike Waitkus (1982-86)
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. 418, 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 2005-06 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. His 75 blocked shots also rank seventh on Brown's career list. 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.
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. He leads the Ivy League in field goal percentage hitting 10-of-13 field goals (.769). Walker had a big game against Providence, with 11 points and four rebounds, and came back to scored 11 points vs. Sacred Heart, hitting 5-of-six field goals, while grabbing five 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 grabbing 17 rebounds. 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) was the Ivy League's top rebounder a year ago with 7.5 per game. He scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Brown's win over Sacred Heart, connecting on 5-of-8 field goals. Maia 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. 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. Freshman guard Norman Hobbie (Spring Lake, NJ), who hit his first career trey against Providence, exploded for a career best 14 points vs. Sacred Heart, hitting 5 of 6 field goals, including 4-of-5 from behind the three-point arc. Freshman forward Aram Martin (San Antonio, TX) has also seen action in Brown's opening games and grabbed three rebounds vs. Providence.
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 plays its fourth game of a five game road trip, traveling to Farmville, Virginia to face Longwood. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 pm.