Providence, R.I. - Coming off a road win over American, the Brown men's basketball team closes out the first semester on Tuesday, December 10, hosting Albany at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Bears (6-2) are off to their best start in 12 years and will be looking for their first ever win over the Great Danes. Watch the Bears on the Ivy League Digital Network, with game time at 7:00 p.m.
The Records: Brown extended its record to 6-2 overall with a 72-67 road win over American on Saturday in Washington, DC. The Bears are off to their best start in 12 years when the 2001-2002 Bears' posted a 7-2 record to open the season. Bears head coach Mike Martin was a sophomore on the 2001-2002 team that finished with a 17-10 overall record. Rafael Maia '15 scored 14 points and Sean McGonagill '14 added 12 points to lead the Bears against the Eagles. Albany (4-4) has been off since a 62-57 loss at Holy Cross on December 4th.
The Brown-Albany Series Record: Brown and Albany have met four times, dating back to 2005-2006, with the Great Danes holding a 4-0 advantage. Last year, Albany captured a 57-50 win over the Bears in Albany, NY. Rafael Maia '15 had seven points and seven rebounds for the Bears.
Bear Facts: Brown two losses have come against Rhode Island opponents (Providence and Bryant), having a chance to win each game in the final seconds. The Bears have earned wins over schools based outside of Rhode Island, including Binghamton (NY), Sacred Heart (CT), UMass-Lowell (MA) and Longwood (VA)… Brown received votes (6) in the latest College Insider Mid-Major National Poll.
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 1,261 career points, 12th best in Brown basketball history. His 438 career assists rank third in the Brown record book, while his 183 career treys are fourth all-time at Brown. He also has 107 career steals. McGonagill is the Ivy League's leading scorer with 18.5 points per game. He was recently named the Ivy League Player of the Week for his play against Providence and Sacred Heart. McGonagill 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. He scored 20 points vs. Longwood and 18 points vs. Bryant. 2012-13: 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. 183, 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. 1,261 Sean McGonagill (2010-present)
14. 1,241 Phil Brown (1972-75)
1,241 Peter Moss (1977-80)
15. 1,190 Chuck Savage (1988-92)
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)
Sean McGonagill Career Points Career Treys Career Assists
2010-11 329 39 147
2011-12 392 56 157
2012-13 392 61 109
2013-14 148 27 25
TOTAL 1,261 183 438
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 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 at Penn for six years leading up to being named Brown's head coach.
Kuakumensah – Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year: Sophomore forward Cedric Kuakumensah (Worcester, MA) turned into the premier defensive player in the Ivy League in his first season at Brown by blocking a school 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. Currently, his 89 blocked shots rank fifth on Brown's career list, while his 2.9 blocked shots per game this year leads the Ivy League. His 7.9 rebounds per game this season rank third in the Ivy League. Kuakumensah scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds vs. American. He had 10 rebounds vs. Central Connecticut, and scored 14 points and pulled down four rebounds against Providence. Kuakumensah netted 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots vs. Bryant. He opened the season by scoring nine points, pulling down 14 rebounds and blocking six shots in Brown's win over Binghamton. 2012-13: 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 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)
89, Cedric Kuakumensah (2012-2013)
7. 77, Anthony Katsaros (1984-1988)
8. 65, Kirk Lowry (1988-1992)
9. 64, Jim Turner (1982-1986)
64, Mark McDonald (2004-2008)
Spieth Starts At The Swing Position: Freshman forward Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX), a strong defensive player, has started all eight games for the Bears, averaging nearly 30 minutes per game. Spieth scored seven points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out five assists in Brown's win over American. He scored six points and grabbed five rebounds in 36 minutes in the Bears season opening win over Binghamton. Spieth pulled down a season best eight rebounds against UMass-Lowell, and scored a season high eight points against Central Connecticut.
Walker Returns: Junior forward Dockery Walker (Magnolia, DE) returns after missing all of last season due to injury. He scored all of his 10 points in the second half vs. Central Connecticut, while grabbing six rebounds, and had nine points vs. American. Walker put together an outstanding performance against UMass-Lowell, scoring 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, while pulling down nine rebounds. He ranks fifth in the Ivy League in field goal percentage hitting 27-of-50 field goals (.540). 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. 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.
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. His 7.9 rebounds per game this season rank third in the Ivy League. Maia led the Bears with 14 points in a win over American on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, including his first trey of the season. He registered a double-double against Central Connecticut with 13 points, on 5-of-6 shooting from the field, while grabbing 10 rebounds. Maia just missed a double-double in Brown's win over UMass-Lowell, scoring nine points and grabbing 14 rebounds. He scored 16 points and pulled down 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 eight points and seven rebounds in Brown's win over Longwood and netted 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds against Bryant. 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. 2012-13: 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.
Hobbie leads Ivy League In 3-Point FG Pct.: Freshman guard Norman Hobbie (Spring Lake, NJ) leads the Ivy League in three-point field goal percentage, knocking down 14-of-23 treys (.609). He 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, and was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week. Not resting on his laurels, Hobbie tossed in 14 points against UMass-Lowell, connecting on 4-of-7 treys and 2-of-2 free throws. He came back with four more treys in scoring 12 points vs. Longwood.
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.
Blackmon Ranks Second In Ivy League Assists: Freshman point guard Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD) ranks second the Ivy League in assists with 3.8 per game. He scored a career high 11 points in Brown's win over American on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. His 32.0 minutes per game is sixth in the Ivy League. Blackmon started and had nine points and three assists in 24 minutes in Brown's season opening win over Binghamton, and is a fixture in the Bears' starting lineup. He had 10 points vs. Sacred Heart, and registered seven points and six assists vs. UMass-Lowell.
King Earns Ivy Rookie of the Week Honors: Freshman forward Leland King (Inglewood, CA) came off the bench to record his first career double-double vs. UMass-Lowell, scoring a career high 12 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, while grabbing 12 rebounds. He came back to score a new career high 18 points vs. Longwood, while grabbing eight rebounds, and was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week for his play in wins over Longwood and UMass-Lowell. In Brown's season opening win over Binghamton, King netted six points and pulled down three rebounds, while playing 15 minutes. King had 10 points in Brown's win over Central Connecticut, and tossed in 11 points vs. American.
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.
Watch Live Video of The Bears On BrownBears.TV: Brown fans can watch a multi-camera HD broadcast of all Brown home games and away Ivy League contests on BrownBears.TV as part of the Ivy League Digital Network. Powered by NeuLion, the Brown Channel is a part of the Ivy League's completely redesigned, nine-channel digital network that includes an easy-to-navigate interface, a League-wide network schedule and new interactive features, such as simultaneous four-game viewing, full DVR controls and social media integration. These new features enhance the viewing experience for the expanded range of events and other content offerings, all of which are available on computer, mobile and tablet devices without the use of an app. Packages for BrownBears.TV are $89.95 for 12 months, $39.95 for four months, $10.95 for one month and $9.95 for a single day and include multi-camera HD coverage of all available home and Ivy away games in football, and men's and women's basketball.
Next Game: The Bears will be idle for exams until a December 22 matchup with Northwestern in Evanston, IL. Tip-off is 2:00 pm at Welsh-Ryan Arena.