Providence, R.I. - Brown and Yale will open the Ivy League men's basketball schedule for the ninth straight season when the Bears travel to New Haven, Conn., to battle the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon, January 18 at 2:00 pm. The Bears are coming off a successful 8-6 non-league slate and look to get off to a fast start in the Ivy League's unique 14-game playoff to determine its champion and NCAA representative. Catch all the action live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
The Records: Brown (8-6) completed its non-league schedule with a 91-50 win over Daniel Webster behind freshman Norman Hobbie's career high 20 points. The eight wins by the Bears are one short of the school record for non-league wins, held by Brown's 2001-2002 team that featured head coach Mike Martin. Yale (6-8) snapped a four game losing streak with an 88-49 win over Baruch, with Jack Montague scoring 15 points.
Bears Tip-Off Ivy League Playoffs: While most conferences have a post-season tournament to crown its champion, the Ivy League boasts a 14-game regular season playoff, covering seven weeks, to determine its champion and NCAA Tournament qualifier. Brown and Yale will tip-off in New Haven on Saturday in the Ivy League opener for both teams.
Bear Facts: Sean McGonagill '14 ranks 9th nationally with 3.6 treys per game and is the Ivy League's top scorer (18.7ppg). He also ranks 1111h nationally in minutes played (37.0 per game)…Cedric Kuakumensah '16 leads the Ivy League and ranks 18th in the nation with 3.1 blocked shots per game…The Bears posted a 17-15 record in calendar year 2013… Brown ranks 32nd nationally in three-point FG percentage (.396)…Rafael Maia '15 is the Ivy League's second leading rebounder with 8.3 per game…Three different Brown freshmen have earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors – Steven Spieth, Norman Hobbie (three times) and Leland King. Another freshman, Matty Madigan, scored a career high 12 points vs. Daniel Webster.
The Brown vs. Yale Series Record- 152nd Meeting: Brown and Yale have met 151 times, dating back to the 1904-1905 season, with the Bulldogs holding a 100-51 series advantage. The two teams split games last season with Brown taking a 65-51 decision in Providence behind Sean McGonagill's 20 points, and Yale answering with a 76-64 overtime verdict in New Haven. The two teams will be opening the Ivy schedule together for the ninth straight season.
McGonagill 4th In Brown Career Scoring: First team All-Ivy guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL) ranks fourth on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,375 career points. His 462 career assists rank third in the Brown record book and 16th in Ivy history, while his 206 career treys are third all-time at Brown and 20th in the Ivy record book. He also ranks 11th in the nation in minutes played (37.0 per game). McGonagill leads the Ivy League and ranks 9th nationally with 3.6 treys per game. He also has 112 career steals, 11th in the Brown record book. McGonagill, the Ivy League's leading scorer with 18.7 points per game, handed out a career high 12 assists vs. Daniel Webster. He tossed in a game high 23 points in Brown's win over New Hampshire, the 19th time in his career scoring 20 or more points. He also netted a team high 24 points vs. URI on 9-of-18 shooting from the field. McGonagill scored 19 points against Niagara, hitting five treys, and tossed in 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 10 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. 206, Sean McGonagill (2010-2013)
4. 1,375 Sean McGonagill (2010-present) 4. 201, Rick Lloyd (1988-1992)
5. 1,361 Peter Sullivan (2007-11) 5. 165, Mark McAndrew (2004-2008)
6. 1,344 Alai Nuualiitia (1999-03) 165, Matt Sullivan (2009-2013)
7. 1,331 Mike Cingiser (1959-62) 7. 159, Adrian Williams (2007-2011)
8. 1,328 Marcus Thompson (1985-89) 8. 158, Earl Hunt (1999-2003)
9. 1,319 Joe Tebo (1955-58) 9. 144, by Tucker Halpern (2009-2013)
10. 1,306 Damon Huffman (2004-08) 10. 143, Mike Martin (2000-2004)
Sean McGonagill Career Points Career Treys Career Assists
2010-11 329 39 147
2011-12 392 56 157
2012-13 392 61 109
2013-14 262 50 49
TOTAL 1,375 206 462
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.
Rafael Maia – 2nd In Ivy Rebounding: Junior Rafael Maia (Sao Paulo, Brazil), the Ivy League's top rebounder a year ago with 7.5 per game, is averaging 8.3 rebounds per game this season to rank second in the Ivy League. He has missed Brown's last two games due to injury. He pulled down a game high 11 rebounds vs. URI and has led the Bears in rebounding in seven of 12 games. His 49-percent shooting from the field (45-of-92) is 10th in the Ivy League. He has led the Bears in rebounding in seven of 12 games this season. Maia registered his second double-double of the season vs. Niagara with 10 points and 10 rebounds. He pulled down a game high 11 rebounds vs. Northwestern, and 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, 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.
Spieth Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week: Freshman forward Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX) has started all 14 games for the Bears at small forward, averaging 31.0 minutes per game. Spieth tossed in a career high 11 points vs. Daniel Webster, while grabbing seven rebounds. He scored seven points and pulled down a team eight rebounds in Brown's win over New Hampshire. Spieth was named the Ivy Rookie of the Week after scoring a career high 11 points against Niagara, while grabbing five rebounds and handing out four assists. He pulled down a career high nine rebounds against Northwestern, while his 5.8 rebounds per game are 10th in the Ivy League. He scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds vs. Albany. 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.
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.
Kuakumensah – 3rd In Ivy League Rebounding: Sophomore forward Cedric Kuakumensah (Worcester, MA) ranks third in the Ivy League in rebounding with 6.9 per game. He 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 110 career blocked shots rank third on Brown's career list and 24th in Ivy history, while his 3.1 blocked shots per game this year leads the Ivy League and rank 20th nationally. Kuakumensah blocked five shots in the Bears' win over New Hampshire. He scored 10 points and pulled down six rebounds 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. 110, Cedric Kuakumensah (2012-2013)
4. 104, Andrew McCarthy (2009-2011)
5. 93, Stark Langs (1981-1985)
Hobbie Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week For Third Time: Freshman guard Norman Hobbie (Spring Lake, NJ) earned his first collegiate start and exploded for a career high 20 points vs. Daniel Webster on 6-of-13 shooting from behind the three-point arc, while grabbing four rebounds. He added eight points vs. New Hampshire to be named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week for the third time this season. Hobbie ranks fifth in the Ivy League in three-point field goal percentage, knocking down 26-of-59 treys (.441). Hobbie was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second time after scoring 13 points against URI, connecting on four treys, while grabbing a career high four rebounds. 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.
Blackmon Ranks Fifth In Ivy League Assists: Freshman point guard Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD) ranks fifth in the Ivy League in assists with 3.5 per game. Blackmon scored a career high 14 points vs. New Hampshire on 6-of-8 shooting from the field, including 2-of-2 from beyond the three-point arc. He had an 11-point performance against URI, and dished out five assists while scoring five points vs. Niagara. Blackmon registered then 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. 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.
Walker Returns: Junior forward Dockery Walker (Magnolia, DE) returns after missing all of last season due to injury, and is Brown's fourth leading scorer with 8.9 points per game. He ranks second in the Ivy League in field goal percentage (.571), and 13th in the league in rebounding with 5.5 per game. Walker is coming off a 17 point, nine rebounds performance against Daniel Webster, where he connected on 8-of-14 field goals. He earned his first start of the season vs. New Hampshire, and responded with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field, while grabbing six rebounds. Walker netted seven points and grabbed eight rebounds vs. Niagara, and scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds vs. Albany. 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. 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…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.
King Earns Ivy Rookie of the Week Honors: Freshman forward Leland King (Inglewood, CA), who is averaging 7.6 points per game, scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field against Daniel Webster, all in the second half. He 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. King scored five points and grabbed six rebounds against Niagara. 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. He grabbed seven rebounds in a win over New Hampshire.
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 and Yale will have a rematch next Saturday, January 25, with the Bears hosting the Bulldogs in their Ivy League home opener at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Tip-off is 4:00 pm.