Providence, R.I. - Brown continues its four-game homestand at the Pizzitola Sports Center with key Ivy League games against Penn and first place Princeton. The Bears take on the Quakers on Friday, February 17 at 8:00 pm in a game broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network and ESPN3. On Saturday, February 18, the Bears host the Tigers at 6:00 pm with broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.
The Records: Brown (11-13, 2-6 Ivy) dropped games to Harvard, 87-74, and Dartmouth, 77-74, last week, despite getting 21 points from Steven Spieth '17 in each game. Penn recorded its first Ivy sweep of the season with wins over Columbia (70-62) and Cornell (82-63). Princeton (15-6, 8-0) maintained its first place standing in the Ivy League with a sweep of Cornell (69-60) and Columbia (61-59).
Bear Facts: Steven Spieth '17 has vaulted into 13th place on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,248 career points…Obi Okolie '19 has scored in double figures in seven of eight Ivy games with a season high 18 points vs. Yale…JR Hobbie '17 is 10th in all-time Ivy League treys with 242, and is approaching Brown's all-time record of 249 treys by Sean McGonagill from 2010-2014…Tavon Blackmon '17 ranks 22nd in career scoring at Brown with 1,126 points and is 20th in Ivy league career assists (450).
Brown vs. Penn – 130th Meeting: The Bears and Quakers have met 129 times, dating back to 1901-1902, with Penn holding a 102-27 series advantage. Brown has won six of the last seven games against the Quakers, including an 80-72 win in Philadelphia earlier this year behind Brandon Anderson's 21 points. The Quakers earned a 79-74 win over the Bears last year in Philadelphia.
Brown vs. Princeton – 131st Meeting: Brown and Princeton have met 130 times, dating back to 1907-1908, with the Tigers holding a 104-26 series advantage. Princeton has won the last seven games over the Bears, including a 97-66 decision earlier this year in Princeton, NJ. Brown's last win over the Tigers came on the final day of the 2013 season when the Bears grabbed an 80-67 victory in Providence.
#IVYMADNESS: The inaugural Ivy League men's and women's basketball tournaments will take place Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12, 2017, at the Palestra in Philadelphia. The top four teams will earn berths to the tournament, with the semifinals on Saturday and the championships on Sunday. All six games will be broadcast live on ESPN's networks. For more information, visit www.IvyMadness.com
Blackmon Scores 1,000th Career Point: Senior point guard Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD) ranks 22nd in the Brown record book with 1,126 career points, while his 450 career assists are fourth all-time at Brown and 20th in the Ivy League record book. He ranks third in the Ivy League with 3.9 assists per game. He netted 14 points and handed out six assists vs. Harvard and had 17 points and five assists vs. Dartmouth. Blackmon regained his shooting touch against Cornell and Columbia, scoring 17 points vs. Cornell and 11 points vs. Columbia, hitting six treys for the weekend. He tossed in 16 points and handed out five assists at Yale. Blackmon had 12 points vs. Penn and registered 10 points and six assists against NJIT. He scored 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field vs. Quinnipiac. Blackmon exploded for 21 points against Central Connecticut, on 4-of-5 shooting from the field and 11-of-12 shooting from the free throw line. He netted 16 points in the Bears' win over Maine, while handing out four assists. Blackmon scored 20 points and handed out six assists in Brown's win over Morgan State, hitting 6-of-9 field goals, including 4-of-4 from beyond the three-point arc. He scored the game-winning basket against Bryant, going the length of the court for a layup with 3.8 seconds remaining to give Brown a one-point victory, finishing the game with nine points and eight assists. Blackmon tossed in 12 points, handed out four assists and grabbed four rebounds vs. Albany at the Mohegan Sun Arena. He scored 13 points in Brown's home opening win over Niagara and added 11 points against Rhode Island. Blackmon scored six points, grabbed a team and career high seven rebounds and handed out five assists in Brown's season opener at Cincinnati.
Blackmon's Career Points: 1,126
IVY LEAGUE RECORD BOOK: CAREER ASSISTS (Top 20)
1 705 ...Elliott Prasse-Freeman (Harvard, 1999-03)
2 611 ...Peter White (Yale, 1984-87)
3 590 ...Tim Hill (Harvard, 1995-99)
4 588 ...Zack Rosen (Penn, 2008-12)
5 585 ...Flinder Boyd (Dartmouth, 1998-02)
6 577 ...Mike Waitkus (Brown, 1982-86)
7 570 ...Tarik Campbell (Harvard, 1989-94)
8 564 ...Siyani Chambers (Harvard, 2012-Present)
9 559 ...Glenn Fine (Harvard, 1975-79)
10 526 ...Alton Byrd (Columbia, 1976-79)
11 522 ...Sean McGonagill (Brown, 2010-14)
12 514 ...Jason Forte (Brown, 2001-05)
13 505 ...Jerome Allen (Penn, 1991-95)
14 489 ...Brandyn Curry (Harvard, 2009-12, 2013-14)
15 488 ...Bryan Randall (Dartmouth, 1984-88)
16 482 ...Chris Wroblewski (Cornell, 2008-12)
17 470 ...Louis Dale (Cornell, 2006-10)
18 469 ...Michael Jordan (Penn, 1996-00)
19 460 ...Kenny Mitchell (Dartmouth, 1993-97)
20 450…Tavon Blackmon, Brown (2013-present)
Spieth: Four-Time Ivy League Player of the Week: Senior forward Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX), an Academic All-District selection in each of the last two seasons, has played in every game of his Brown career, starting 111-of-112 games. His 1,248 career points rank 13th in the Brown record book. Spieth, who leads the Ivy League with 19.3 ppg in league games, ranks second in the Ivies in overall scoring (16.6 ppg), fourth in assists (3.7 per game), ninth in rebounding (5.9 rpg), ranks second in steals (1.5 per game), and is the Ivy League's Iron Man, logging a league-leading 35.0 minutes per game. He scored 21 points at home against both Harvard and Dartmouth. Spieth scored a game high 20 points at Columbia after scoring 11 points at Cornell. He was named the Ivy League's Co-Player of the Week for the fourth time after exploding for a career high 33 points at home vs. Yale, including a career high seven treys (7-of-10). He came back with 22 points and 10 rebounds at Yale. Spieth led the Bears in their win over Penn with 20 points and five rebounds. He earned Ivy Player of the Week honors for the third time this season after scoring 21 of his 27 points in the second half in Brown's win over Maine. Spieth registered a double-double against NJIT with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Spieth was named the Ivy Player of the Week after leading Brown to wins over Bryant, St. Francis Brooklyn and Central Connecticut. He netted 14 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out four assists in the Bears' win over Central, and scored 17 points vs. St. Francis Brooklyn. He had 16 points and nine assists in Brown's win over Bryant. Spieth flirted with basketball immortality against Niagara, just missing a triple-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high nine assists in 39 minutes of play. His 19 free throws are a Pizzitola Sports Center record. He also had 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists vs. Morgan State in another near triple-double miss. Spieth was named the Ivy Player of the Week for games against URI, Marist and Albany. He led all scorers against No. 21 Rhode Island with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field, while also grabbing five rebounds and handing out four assists. He had 21 points and seven rebounds vs. Marist and followed up with 25 points and seven rebounds vs. Albany. Spieth, the brother of US Open and Masters Champion Jordan Spieth, was Brown's third leading scorer last year, averaging 10.9 ppg.
Spieth's Career Points: 1,248
Brown Basketball: Top 25 Career Scorers Brown Basketball: Career Steals
1. 2,041 Earl Hunt (1999-03) 1. 192, Jason Forte (2001-05)
2. 1,668 Arnie Berman (1969-72) 2. 187, Mike Waitkus (1982-86)
3. 1,618 Sean McGonagill (2010-14) 3. 175, Alex Bynum (1980-84)
4. 1,597 Jason Forte (2001-05) 4. 152, Marcus Becker (2003-07)
5. 1,361 Peter Sullivan (2007-11) 5. 132, Luke Ruscoe (2002-06)
6. 1,344 Alai Nuualiitia (1999-03) 132, Sean McGonagill (2010-14)
7. 1,331 Mike Cingiser (1959-62) 7. 131, Chuck Savage (1988-1992)
8. 1,328 Marcus Thompson (1985-89) 8. 129, Steven Spieth (2013-present)
9. 1,319 Joe Tebo (1955-58) 9. 127, Rick Lloyd (1988-1992)
10. 1,306 Damon Huffman (2004-08) 10. 123, Alai Nuualiitia (1999-03)
11. 1,294 Rick Lloyd (1988-92)
12. 1,288 Brian Saunders (1974-77)
13. 1,248 Steven Spieth (2013-present)
14. 1,241 Phil Brown (1972-75)
1,241 Peter Moss (1977-80)
16. 1,190 Chuck Savage (1988-92)
17. 1,181 Cedric Kuakumensah (2012-16)
18. 1,165 Mike Waitkus (1982-86)
19. 1,147 Lou Murgo (1951-55)
20. 1,134 Matt Mullery (2006-10)
21. 1,133 Russ Tyler (1968-1971)
22. 1,126 Tavon Blackmon (2013-present)
23. 1,100 Mark McAndrew (2004-08)
24. 1,079 Ira James (1979-1982)
25. 1,046 Gerry Alaimo (1955-58)
Brown Basketball: Career Free Throws
1. 636, by Arnie Berman (1969-72)
2. 538, by Jason Forte (2001-2005)
3. 499, by Earl Hunt (1999-2003)
4. 412 by Steven Spieth (2013-present)
5. 395, by Peter Sullivan (2007-present)
6. 375, by Joe Tebo (1955-58)
7. 366, by Ed Tooley (1952-55)
8. 362, by Alai Nuualiitia (1999-2003)
9. 351, by Mike Cingiser (1959-62)
10. 332, by Gerry Alaimo (1955-58)
Brown Career Assists
1. 577, by Mike Waitkus (1982-86)
2. 522, by Sean McGonagill (2010-14)
3. 514, by Jason Forte (2001-05)
4. 450, by Tavon Blackmon (2013-present)
5. 380, by Eric Blackiston (1992-96)
6. 379, by Rick Lloyd (1988-92)
7. 362, by Eddie Morris (1972-75)
8. 325, by Steven Spieth (2013-present)
9. 299, by Chuck Savage (1988-92)
10. 298, by Omari Ware (1999-2002)
Okolie Stepping Up In Ivy Season: Bears' sophomore guard Obi Okolie (Ajax, Ontario), one of the most versatile members of the Brown squad, is averaging 9.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, but has excelled in Ivy games with 13.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He scored 11 points and grabbed a career high nine rebounds at home against Harvard and came back with 13 points vs. Dartmouth. Okolie netted 13 points in Brown's win at Cornell. He scored a season high 18 points at Yale, hitting 8-of-14 field goals. Okolie tossed-in 17 points at home vs. Yale, connecting on 7-of-11 field goals, while grabbing five rebounds. He scored in double figures in back-to-back games with 12 points vs. Princeton and 14 points vs. Penn, while grabbing five rebounds against the Quakers. Okolie pulled down eight rebounds in Brown's win over Quinnipiac, and came back with 15 points and five rebounds vs. Stony Brook. He scored a team-high 16 points against Providence, and scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half against Albany. Okolie added 11 points vs. Marist. He tossed in 15 points against Niagara on 6-of-11 shooting from the field in Brown's home opener, and had nine points vs. Central Connecticut. Okolie scored six points and pulled down two rebounds in the Bears' season opener vs. Cincinnati, and netted six points, while pulling down six rebounds vs. Bryant. He tossed in 11 points vs. Emerson on 4-of-5 shooting from the field. Last year, he exploded onto the scene by averaging 10.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. A natural scorer, he shot 47 percent from the field (67-of-143) last year and scored a career-high 23 points vs. Penn on 9-of-13 shooting from the field. Okolie scored 17 points vs. both Maine and Cornell.
Daugherty Sees Increased Playing Time: Sophomore guard Corey Daugherty (Barrington, RI) earned his first starting role of the season at Yale. In eight Ivy games, Daugherty has 17 assists and just nine turnovers. He had six points at Cornell and scored five points at Columbia. Daugherty handed out five assists in Brown's home Ivy opener vs. Yale. He had a big game vs. Emerson with a season-high 10 points and a career best four steals. Daugherty knocked down six points vs. NJIT on 2-of-3 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. He handed out a career-high seven assists vs. Johnson & Wales. Daugherty scored nine points in Brown's win over Bryant with two treys and 3-of-3 shooting from the free throw line. Last year, he scored a season-high 13 points vs. Holy Cross, hitting 6-of-11 shots from the field, and connected on 3-of-6 treys in scoring 10 points vs. SMU.
Howard Seventh In Ivy Shooting: Freshman forward Joshua Howard (Charlotte, NC) ranks seventh in the Ivy League in field goal percentage (.497) and is averaging 8.4 points per game. Howard posted his first career double-double at Cornell, scoring 10 points and grabbing a career high 11 rebounds, and came back with nine points at Columbia. He pulled down a then career-high nine rebounds at home vs. Yale, while scoring six points. Howard tossed in 14 points against NJIT on 5-of-6 shooting from the field. He was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for his performance in wins over Bryant, St. Francis Brooklyn and Central Connecticut. He netted 19 points and added six rebounds in the Bears' win over St. Francis Brooklyn, and scored a team high 18 points in Brown's win over Bryant, connecting on 8-of-10 field goals. Howard added six points and six rebounds vs. Central Connecticut and Stony Brook. He exploded for a season high 20 points vs. Morgan State on 8-of-11 shooting from the field, while grabbing six rebounds. Howard netted nine points against both Marist and Albany, and tossed in 12 points against Johnson & Wales. He opened the season with eight points and five rebounds against Cincinnati. He came back with 14 points vs. Niagara with three rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
Hobbie – Leads Ivies In 3-Point Field Goals: Long-range shooting senior guard JR Hobbie (Spring Lake, NJ) leads the Ivy League in three-point field goal percentage (.477), connecting on 51-of-107 treys. His 242 career treys rank second all-time at Brown and 8th in the Ivy League record book, and are approaching the all-time Bears' mark of 249 treys by Sean McGonagill from 2010-14. He also is sixth in the Ivy League with 2.2 treys per game. Hobbie has connected on 28 consecutive free throws dating back to last year, challenging the all-time record of 30 straight free throws made by Russ Tyler '71. Hobbie, who scored nine points at Columbia, tossed in 13 points vs. Stony Brook, and scored a season-high 19 points vs. Quinnipiac, connecting on 5-of-8 treys and 4-of-4 free throws. He found his long-range shooting touch against Bryant, scoring 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. He opened the season with a team high 12 points vs. Cincinnati, nailing 4-of-7 treys. He scored 12 points against Marist in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the three-point arc, and added nine points vs. Morgan State. Hobbie missed Brown's game against Central Connecticut to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Last year, Hobbie averaged 9.0 points per game and ranked third in the Ivy League in three-point field goals made (2.6 per game). Hobbie, who earned 14 starts while playing in all 28 games, poured in a career-high 23 points vs. Columbia as a junior, connecting on 7-of-10 treys. His seven treys against the Lions are eighth all-time at Brown.
Hobbie's Career Points: 855
IVY LEAGUE RECORD BOOK: CAREER THREE-POINT FIELD GOALS (Top 10)
1. 377 ...Ryan Wittman (Cornell, 2006-10)
2. 287 ...Laurent Rivard (Harvard, 2010-14)
3. 281 ...Brian Earl (Princeton, 1995-99)
4. 276 ...Douglas Davis (Princeton, 2008-12)
5. 253 ...Tim Begley (Penn, 2001-05)
6. 249 ...Sean McGonagill (Brown, 2010-14)
7. 244 ...Matt Maloney (Penn, 1992-95)
8. 242 ...Jim Barton (Dartmouth, 1986-89)
242…JR Hobbie (Brown, 2013-present)
10. 240 ...Greg Buth (Dartmouth, 1997-01)
Fuller Up: Sophomore forward Travis Fuller (Encinitas, CA), who has started Brown's last five games, ranks 12th in the Ivy League with 5.7 rebounds per game. He had 11 points at home against Harvard and nine points and six rebounds vs. Dartmouth. Fuller, who had seven rebounds at home vs. Yale, scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds against Princeton. He earned his first career start vs. Quinnipiac and responded with a career-high 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field, while grabbing eight rebounds. Fuller scored eight points and pulled down 10 rebounds vs. Stony Brook in a starting role. He posted his first career double-double in Brown's win over Maine with 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Fuller netted 13 points vs. Emerson and had 11 points and nine rebounds vs. Johnson & Wales. He was one of two Brown players to score in double figures against Providence, netting 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the field. Fuller registered a career-high 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Brown's win over St. Francis Brooklyn. He scored 11 points and pulled down seven rebounds vs. No. 21 Rhode Island, and added 11 points and five rebounds vs. Bryant. Fuller had six points and six rebounds vs. Central Connecticut, and scored seven points and grabbed three rebounds vs. Morgan State. Fuller netted 10 points against Niagara on 3-of-4 shooting from the field, while grabbing seven rebounds. He scored four points and grabbed six rebounds vs. Albany. Last year, he scored a season-high 12 points vs. Providence on 4-of-4 shooting from the field, while grabbing six rebounds. He was one of four Brown players to play in all 28 games in 2015-16.
Sullivan Steps Up: Bears' sophomore guard Chris Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) had been sidelined due to injury since mid-December and returned to action at Princeton and Penn. He stepped up in Brown's opener with Cincinnati, hitting 3-of-4 treys in scoring nine points against the Bearcats. Sullivan equaled his career scoring high with 11 points vs. Johnson & Wales, connecting on 3-of-5 treys. He is inserted into games for his defensive intensity and ability to disrupt the opponent. Sullivan scored six points vs. Marist on 2-of-4 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. He came back with three points and a career high five rebounds in Brown's win over Niagara. Last year, Sullivan saw action in 23 games and scored a career-high 11 points vs. Daniel Webster, converting on 4-of-7 field goals. His two brothers, Peter '11 and Matthew '13, were both 1,000-point scorers for the Bears.
Anderson Scores 21 Points vs. Penn: Freshman Brandon Anderson (Mahwah, NJ) has started 23-of-24 games for the Bears, and has shown explosiveness going to the basket and quick hands on defense. His 1.3 steals per game rank sixth in the Ivy League. He scored 14 points and had four steals at Cornell and held Big Red guard Matt Morgan, the Ivy League's leading scorer, to just 10 points. Anderson poured in a career high 21 points vs. Penn, hitting 5-of-10 field goals and 10-of-11 free throws. He scored 18 points vs. Stony Brook, hitting 4-of-8 field goals, including a career high 3-of-5 from beyond the three-point arc. Anderson tossed in 12 points vs. NJIT. He made a major impact against No. 21 Rhode Island, netting 16 points, grabbing four rebounds and making four steals against the Rams. He tossed in 17 points against Emerson on 6-of-7 shooting from the field. Anderson netted 14 points against Central Connecticut on 4-of-4 shooting from the field, while hitting 4-of-4 free throws. He scored nine points and distributed three assists in Brown's win over St. Francis Brooklyn. Anderson tossed in seven points vs. Bryant on 3-of-4 shooting from the field, while grabbing three rebounds. He added nine points vs. Marist and registered seven points vs. Providence.
Triplett Earns Playing Time: Junior guard Patrick Triplett (St. Louis, MO) is making an impact on this year's team with defense and explosive power to the basket. He missed Brown's first two games, but played 13 minutes vs. Rhode Island, scoring two points. Triplett netted a season high four points vs. Emerson. Last year, Triplett netted a season-high nine points against Penn and earned a starting role against Princeton.
Haber off the Bench: Junior forward Kyle Haber (Dubuque, IA) has good size and a shooter's touch. He tossed in a season high nine points vs. Emerson on 3-of-4 shooting from the field. Haber netted his first points of the season with two points vs. Central Connecticut. Last year, Haber earned four starts in 24 games, and tossed in a career high 11 points vs. Columbia.
More Newcomers: The Bears' frontcourt is buoyed by the addition of junior forward Blake Wilkinson (Bountiful, UT), a transfer from Salt Lake City Community College by way of the University of Utah. Wilkinson is a polished big man who started seven games for Utah in 2012 and was a first team All-Conference selection at Salt Lake City CC in 2015, averaging 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Wilkinson scored five points in Brown's win over Emerson. Adding depth to the Bears' frontcourt are freshmen Brandon Charnov (Houston, TX) and David Erebor (Sykesville, MD). The 6-11 Charnov averaged 15 points and 9.2 rebounds as a senior at Kinkaid High School. Erebor was his conference's Defensive Player of the Year in his senior year.
Head Coach Mike Martin: Former Brown basketball standout Mike Martin '04, the 31st head men's basketball coach in the program's 110-year history, has changed the direction and culture of the program in four years as head coach of the Bears, with the building blocks in place to develop an Ivy Championship team. He coached the Bears to a school record nine non-league wins in 2014-15 and 2016-17. 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 2013-14 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 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 2000-04. 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 The Bears on the Ivy League Digital Network: All of Brown's home games (except those blacked out by national TV) and its Ivy League away games can be viewed on the Ivy League Digital Network. Available on computer, mobile and tablet devices all without the use of an app., packages for Brown's channel (ILDN.com/Brown) on the Ivy Digital Network 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 30-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 http://www.790business.com.
Next Game: Brown travels to Dartmouth and Harvard for its final road weekend on Friday, February 24 against the Big Green in Hanover, NH at 7:00 pm, and on Saturday, February 25 against the Crimson in Boston, MA at 8:00 pm.