The Records: Brown (4-9) is coming off a 98-92 loss at Maine, despite getting 20 points and six assists from Tavon Blackmon '17. Daniel Webster, 4-4 overall coming into Friday's game vs. Yale, is in the midst of playing on three consecutive days - New England College on Thursday (1/7), an 80-78 loss, and Yale on Friday (1/8).
The Daniel Webster Series Record: Brown and Daniel Webster have met twice before, with Brown holding a 2-0 series lead. The two teams last played on January 11, 2014, with the Bears coming away with a 91-50 win at the Pizzitola Sports Center behind then freshman JR Hobbie's 20 points.
Bear Facts: Tavon Blackmon '17 leads the Ivy League in assists with 5.2 per game and is third in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (.481)… Cedric Kuakumensah '16 posted his seventh double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds vs. Maine, and has now scored 975 career points…The Bears had 22 assists on 28 field goals against Bethune-Cookman…Obi Okolie '19 came off the bench to register career highs of 17 points and six rebounds vs. Maine…Jason Massey '18 scored 17 points vs. Maine, posting a career high for the second straight game…Steven Spieth '17 had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists vs. Maine and ranks sixth in the Ivy League with 7.9 rebounds per game.
Kuakumensah Nears 1,000 Career Points: Senior forward Cedric Kuakumensah (Worcester, MA) is a two-time Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year (2013 and 2014) and the Ivy League's all-time leader in blocked shots (268). A rare three-year captain, Kuakumensah has played 100 career games for the Bears with 975 career points and is Brown's top scorer (14.2 ppg). He ranks second in the Ivy League in rebounding with 9.5 per game and sixth in free throw percentage (.780). Kuakumensah became the greatest shot blocker in Ivy League history when he swatted away his 253rd career blocked shot against Georgetown. Kuakumensah, who leads the Ivy League and ranks 19th nationally with 2.5 blocks per game, broke the previous mark of 252 blocks by Dartmouth's Brian Gilpin from 1993-1997. Brown University will recognize Kuakumensah's milestone on 1/30/16 at home against Penn with Gilpin in attendance. He registered his seventh double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds vs. Maine. Kuakumensah scored 21 points and blocked a school record seven shots vs. URI, tying his own school record for the fifth time. He posted 15 points and 12 rebounds against Bethune–Cookman, while adding four blocked shots. Kuakumensah also had 21 points and 12 rebounds vs. Marist in being named Brown's Outstanding Player at the Hall of Fame Shootout. He had tied the Ivy League record for career blocked shots with his 21-point, 16-rebound, 4 block performance against Central Connecticut. He's the top ranked rebounder at Brown in the last 30 years with his 746 career rebounds seventh in the Brown record book. Kuakumensah had 14 points and six rebounds vs. Bryant, despite being in foul trouble. He scored 10 points and grabbed 17 rebounds against St. Peter's, and came back with 14 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots vs. Holy Cross. Kuakumensah tossed in 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds vs. New Hampshire. He tossed in 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds vs. Niagara, and had 13 points and seven rebounds vs. #25 SMU. He led the Ivy League with 76 blocked shots last season and blocked an Ivy League record 93 shots in 2013-14. A second team All-Ivy selection a year ago, he ranked fifth in the league in rebounding with 7.4 per game.
Career Points: 975
Career Rebounds: 763
Ivy League Career Blocked Shots Brown: Single Season Blocked Shots
1. 268…Cedric Kuakumensah (Brown, 2012-) 1. 93*…Cedric Kuakumensah (2013-14)
2. 252 ... Brian Gilpin (Dartmouth, 1993-97) 2. 76…Cedric Kuakumensah (2014-15)
3. 225 ... Walter Palmer (Dartmouth, 1986-90) 3. 66…Cedric Kuakumensah (2012-13)
4. 213 ... Greg Mangano (Yale, 2009-12) * Ivy League record
5. 195 ... Geoff Owens (Penn, 1997-01)
Brown Career Rebounds
1. 931, by Phil Brown (1972-75)
2. 924, by Ed Tooley (1952-56)
3. 878, by Arnie Berman (1969-72)
4. 870, by Gerry Alaimo (1955-58)
5. 816, by Allan Poulsen (1956-59)
6. 789, by Stark Langs (1981-85)
7. 763, by Cedric Kuakumensah (2012-)
8. 710, by Alai Nuualiitia (1999-2003)
9. 690, by Bill Arnold (1952-55)
10. 683, by Bob Purvis (1966-69)
Brown Basketball: 1,000 Point Club
1. 2,041 Earl Hunt (1999-03)
2. 1,668 Arnie Berman (1969-72)
3. 1,618 Sean McGonagill (2010-14)
4. 1,597 Jason Forte (2001-05)
5. 1,361 Peter Sullivan (2007-2011)
6. 1,344 Alai Nuualiitia (1999-03)
7. 1,331 Mike Cingiser (1959-62)
8. 1,328 Marcus Thompson (1985-89)
9. 1,319 Joe Tebo (1955-58)
10. 1,306 Damon Huffman (2004-08)
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 Russ Tyler (1968-1971)
20. 1,100 Mark McAndrew (2004-08)
21. 1,079 Ira James (1979-1982)
22. 1,046 Gerry Alaimo (1955-58)
23. 1,031 Eric Blackiston (1992-96)
24. 1,011 Brian Lloyd (1992-96)
25. 1,009 Woody Grimshaw (1944-47)
-- 975 Cedric Kuakumensah (2012-
Spieth Fifth In Ivy League Rebounding: Junior guard Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX) is averaging 10.3 points per game, while his 7.9 rebounds per game are fifth best in the Ivy League. He also ranks fourth in the Ivy League with 3.9 assists per game and second in the league in free throw percentage (.843). Spieth had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists vs. Maine, and registered his third double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds vs. Rhode Island. Spieth tossed in 16 points, handed out seven assists and grabbed eight rebounds vs. Marist. He posted a double-double vs. Georgetown with 13 points, connecting on 7-of-7 free throws, and 13 rebounds. Spieth, who has started 72 career games (72-of-73) for the Bears, also grabbed 13 rebounds against Bryant. He celebrated his homecoming to Dallas by scoring 14 points, grabbing six rebounds and handing out five assists vs. #25 SMU. Spieth scored 11 points and handed off five assists vs. New Hampshire. He registered a double-double vs. Holy Cross with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field, and a career-high 14 rebounds, including 10 boards in the second half. Spieth led the Bears with 15 points, while grabbing nine rebounds vs. Niagara. He opened the season with 10 points and eight rebounds against St. Peter's. Last year, Spieth proved to be an aggressive scorer (9.9 ppg) and rebounder (4.7 rpg), who can play in the front court or backcourt. Spieth netted a season-high 21 points vs. Illinois in Champaign, while grabbing seven rebounds against the Illini. He scored in double figures 17 times and ranked eighth in the Ivy League in free throw percentage (.812) last year.
Bears Shoot The Trey: Following Brown's game vs. #25 SMU, where Brown connected on 15-of-32 treys, Mustangs Associate Head Coach Tim Jankovich had kind words for the Bears and their shooting prowess. "Every player who comes on the floor is a three-point threat," Jankovich told the Associated Press. "It's kind of like playing the Golden State Warriors."
Blackmon Leads Ivy League In Assists: Junior point guard Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD), Brown's floor leader, is the Bears' second leading scorer (12.5 ppg) and leads the Ivy League with 5.2 assists per game. Blackmon, whose 279 career assists are 10th all-time at Brown, ranks third in the Ivy League in 3-point FG percentage (.481) and fourth in steals (1.5 per game). He scored 20 points against Maine, on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. Blackmon tossed in 14 points, connecting on 8-of-8 free throws, while handing out eight assists vs. URI, and scored 20 points vs. Bethune-Cookman on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, including 3-of-4 from beyond the three-point arc. He just missed a double-double vs. Marist with 14 points and a career high nine assists. Blackmon excelled in front of his hometown crowd with 11 points and five assists vs. Georgetown. He scored 19 points vs. Bryant, connecting on 8-of-10 second half free throws. Blackmon took over the Central Connecticut game, scoring nine points in a 90-second spurt in the second half to put the game away, scoring 14 points overall. He led the Bears against St. Peter's with 13 points and five assists, and just missed a double-double vs. Holy Cross with nine points and eight assists. He added 11 points and five assists vs. Niagara. Blackmon is coming off a breakout season in 2014-15 where he averaged in double figures (10.4 ppg) and led the Bears in assists (114). He scored a career-high 25 points vs. Harvard on 7-of-12 shooting from the field and 11-of-12 shooting from the free throw line, while also handing out a career-high nine assists against the Crimson. Blackmon ranked fifth in the Ivy League with 3.9 assists per game, and was fourth in the league in free throw percentage (.820).
Brown Career Assists
1. 577, by Mike Waitkus (1982-86)
2. 522, by Sean McGonagill (2010-14)
3. 514, by Jason Forte (2001-2005)
4. 380, by Eric Blackiston (1992-96)
5. 379, by Rick Lloyd (1988-92)
6. 362, by Eddie Morris (1972-75)
7. 299, by Chuck Savage (1988-92)
8. 294, by Omari Ware (1999-2002)
9. 281, by Alex Bynum (1980-84)
10. 279, by Tavon Blackmon (2013-present)
Jason Massey Earns Starting Role: Sophomore guard Jason Massey (Cooper City, FL), who has started all 13 games for the Bears, scored a career high 17 points vs. Maine on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. He posted then career highs of points (15) and rebounds (10) in his first career double-double vs. Marist. Massey scored 15 points vs. URI, connecting on 2-of-3 treys. He had nine points and a career-high six assists vs. Bethune-Cookman. Massey registered 11 points and a then career high eight rebounds vs. Central Connecticut. He had eight points and pulled down five rebounds vs. Bryant. Massey had six points and four assists vs. #25 SMU, and scored a career-high 12 points vs. Providence on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. He also scored nine points vs. Niagara and seven points vs. St. Peter's. Massey tossed in nine points and grabbed five rebounds vs. New Hampshire. Massey saw action in all 30 games for the Bears last season, earning starting roles vs. Prairie View, Johnson & Wales and American.
Okolie Excels: Bears' freshman forward Obi Okolie (Ajax, Ontario), who missed Brown's first nine games following a high school injury, saw his first significant action of the season in Brown's 11th game vs. Bethune-Cookman and responded with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field. He came off the bench to register season highs of 17 points (7-of-12 shooting) and six rebounds against Maine.
Hobbie From Three: Sharpshooting junior JR Hobbie (Spring Lake, NJ), Brown's fourth leading scorer with 9.8 ppg., ranks seventh in the Ivy League in three-point field goal percentage (.414) and fourth in treys made (2.8 per game). His 155 career treys rank ninth all-time at Brown. Hobbie scored 14 points vs. Rhode Island and tossed in 13 points vs. Bethune-Cookman on 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. Hobbie hit 4-of-7 treys in scoring 14 points vs. Marist. He tossed in a game-high 16 points in Brown's win over Holy Cross on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the three point arc. Hobbie netted 10 points for the Bears against Georgetown, and scored 12 points vs. New Hampshire. He had nine points, all on treys, in the Bears' win over Central Connecticut. Last year, Hobbie started 11 of Brown's last 12 games and connected on 73 treys, fourth best in Brown basketball history. Hobbie scored a career-best 21 points in consecutive wins vs. Penn in 2014-15. He also connected on a career-high six treys against the Quakers. Hobbie ranked seventh in the Ivy League in three-point field goal percentage (.408) and third in the Ivies in treys made with 2.4 per game.
Brown Career: Individual 3-Pointers Made
1. 249, Sean McGonagill (2010-13)
2. 232, Damon Huffman (2004-08)
3. 215, Brian Lloyd (1992-96)
4. 201, Rick Lloyd (1988-92)
5. 165, Mark McAndrew (2004-08)
165, Matt Sullivan (2009-13)
7. 159, Adrian Williams (2007-11)
8. 158, Earl Hunt (1999-03)
9. 155, JR Hobbie (2013-present)
10. 144, Tucker Halpern (2009-13)
Daugherty Contributes: Freshman Corey Daugherty (Barrington, RI), who missed five games for the Bears due to injury, returned to the lineup vs. Maine. He established himself as a viable scoring and ball-handling option, and is averaging over 23 minutes per game and 7.5 points per game. He tossed in 10 points, grabbed four rebounds and had four assists vs. Central Connecticut. Daugherty, who had nine points vs. New Hampshire, scored a season high 13 points vs. Holy Cross on 6-of-11 shooting from the field. He tossed in nine points vs. #25 SMU, connecting on 3-of-6 treys. Daugherty scored eight points and had three steals in his collegiate debut against St. Peter's.
Triplett Earns Playing Time: Sophomore guard Patrick Triplett (St. Louis, MO) returned to the lineup after missing Brown's first 10 games and scored six points, while grabbing two rebounds vs. Bethune Cookman in 15 minutes of play.
Fuller First Forward Off The Bench: Freshman forward Travis Fuller (Encinitas, CA) has seen considerable playing time in Brown's first 13 games and is the first forward off the bench for the Bears. He stepped up against Providence with a career-high 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field, while pulling down a career-high six rebounds. He had six points before fouling out vs. New Hampshire. Fuller grabbed four rebounds vs. St. Peter's and three rebounds vs. SMU and Central Connecticut.
Head Coach Mike Martin: Former Brown basketball standout Mike Martin '04, the 31st head men's basketball coach in the program's 109-year history, has changed the direction and culture of the program in three years as head coach of the Bears, 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. Martin's 2013-2014 team posted a 15-14 overall record and hosted Brown's first-ever postseason game, playing Holy Cross in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament at the Pizzitola Sports Center. In addition, he has guided two-time Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year Cedric Kuakumensah, the Ivy League's all-time leader in blocked shots. 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 from 2006-12.
Watch Live Video of The Bears On BrownBears.TV: All of Brown's home games and its Ivy League away games can be viewed on the Ivy League Digital Network, a nine-channel digital network that includes an easy-to-navigate interface, a League-wide network schedule and interactive features, such as simultaneous four-game viewing, full DVR controls and social media integration. These features are available on computer, mobile and tablet devices all without the use of an app. Packages for Brown's channel are $89.95 for 12 months, $34.95 for four months, $10.95 for one month and $9.95 for a day pass. Packages for the League-wide channel, which features everything the network has to offer, are $119.95 for 12 months, $49.95 for four months and $15.95 for one month.
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.
Next Game: Brown opens its Ivy League season and the league's 14-game playoffs for the league title and an NCAA Tournament bid on Saturday, January 16, traveling to New Haven, Conn., to face pre-season favorite Yale. Tip-off is 5:00 pm at Payne Whitney Gymnasium.
Purchase Brown Tickets: Tickets for all Brown men's basketball home games can be purchased online at brownbears.com, calling the Brown Athletics Ticket Office at (401) 863-2773, or walking up to the Box Office located in the Pizzitola Sports Center, open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.