Bears Travel To Upstate New York For Sunday Afternoon Matchup Against Niagara

Game Notes

Providence, R.I. -  Brown plays its final game of calendar year 2013, traveling to Niagara Falls, New York to face Niagara on Sunday, December 29 at 2:00 pm. The Bears are 6-4 this season and have posted a 17-14 overall mark so far in 2013. Catch all the action live on WPRV AM-790 or online at brownbears.com with Scott Cordischi calling the play and Russ Tyler '71 providing the color commentary.

The Records:  Brown (6-4) was unable to overcome cold second half shooting in a 58-52 loss to Northwestern in Evanston, IL, on December 22nd. Sean McGonagill '14 scored 16 points and Rafael Maia '15 grabbed 11 rebounds for the Bears. Niagara (3-9) fell to St. Bonaventure last Saturday on a buzzer-beating layup. Antoine Mason, the nation's top scorer, netted 24 points for the Purple Eagles.

 

The Brown-Niagara Record: Brown and Niagara have met three times, dating back to 1975-76, with the Bears holding a 2-1 series advantage.  Brown has won the last two games, including a 75-74 come-from-behind win last year at the Pizzitola Sports Center behind Sean McGonagill's 23 points.  Niagara's lone win in the series came in 1975-76, earning a 77-59 decision over the Bears.

 

Heather Abbott To Present Game Ball Next Week:  Newport's Heather Abbott, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, will be presenting the game ball to officials for the opening tip-off prior to next Thursday's (January 2) game between Brown and URI at the Pizzitola Sports Center.  Abbott has been an inspiration for Rhode Island and the nation following the Boston Marathon bombing.

All-Ivy Sean McGonagill Enters Top 10 In Brown Career Scoring:  At the head of the class in

Brown's backcourt is first team All-Ivy guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL), a 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 1,299 career points, 10th best in Brown basketball history. His 443 career assists rank third in the Brown record book, while his 191 career treys are fourth all-time at Brown and 25th in the Ivy record book. McGonagill leads the Ivy League and ranks 11th nationally with 3.5 treys per game. He also has 109 career steals. McGonagill, the Ivy League's leading scorer with 18.6 points per game, recently scored 16 points against Northwestern and 22 points vs. Albany. He was 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, including a season-high 24 points in Brown's win over Princeton that eliminated the Tigers from Ivy title contention.

 

Brown's All-Time Top 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 (2007-11)                                    4.     191, 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.   1,299     Sean McGonagill (2010-present)      10.   143, Mike Martin (2000-2004)

11.   1,294     Rick Lloyd (1988-92)                                

12.   1,288     Brian Saunders (1974-77)

13.   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 (2006-10)

19.   1,133     Rusty Tyler (1968-71)

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                                   186                              35                                30

TOTAL                                    1,299                           191                              443

 

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 – 4th In Brown Career Blocks:  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 96 blocked shots rank fourth on Brown's career list, while his 3.1 blocked shots per game this year leads the Ivy League and rank 18th nationally. His 7.6 rebounds per game this season rank third in the Ivy League. He scored 10 points and pulled down six rebounds in Sunday's game against Northwestern. Kuakumensah netted 12 points, blocked five shots and had seven rebounds vs. Albany, and 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.     96, Cedric Kuakumensah (2012-2013)
5.     93, Stark Langs (1981-1985)

 

McGonagill Named Senior Class Award Candidate - Brown senior guard Sean McGonagill was selected as one of 30 NCAA® men's basketball student-athletes as candidates for the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award®. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. 

 

Spieth Starts At Small Forward: Freshman forward Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX), a strong defensive player, has started all 10 games for the Bears at small forward, averaging over 30 minutes per game.  He pulled down a career high nine rebounds in Sunday's game against Northeastern, while his 5.5 rebounds per game are 13th in the Ivy League. He scored a career high 10 points against Albany, while grabbing six rebounds. 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 eight points against Central Connecticut.

 

Walker Returns:  Junior forward Dockery Walker (Magnolia, DE) returns after missing all of last season due to injury, and is Brown's third leading scorer with 8.6 points per game. Walker, who scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds vs. Albany, ranks 16th in the Ivy League in rebounding with 5.0 per game. 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-6 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 – 2nd In Ivy Rebounding: Junior Rafael Maia (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was the Ivy League's top rebounder a year ago with 7.5 per game, is averaging 7.9 rebounds per game this season to rank second in the Ivy League. He pulled down a game high 11 rebounds last week vs. Northwestern. 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 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-25 treys (.560).  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 Third In Ivy League Assists:  Freshman point guard Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD) has started all 10 games and ranks third in the Ivy League in assists with 3.6 per game. He scored eight points last week vs. Northwestern. Blackmon registered career scoring highs in back-to-back games, scoring 12 points vs. Albany after he scored a career high 11 points in Brown's win over American on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. His 31.3 minutes per game are 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), who is averaging 8.2 points per game, came off the bench to record his first career double-double vs. UMass-Lowell, scoring a then 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 of 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.

 

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Next Game:  Brown opens the New Year at home with a January 2, 2014 match-up against Rhode Island at the Pizzitola Sports Center in the 155th meeting between the two Ocean State Teams.  Tip-off is 7:00 pm. Newport's Heather Abbott, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, will be presenting the game ball to officials for the opening tip-off.