Brown Hosts LIU- Brooklyn on Saturday; Plays At Bryant on Sunday

Brown Hosts LIU- Brooklyn on Saturday;  Plays At Bryant on Sunday

Game Notes

Providence, R.I. -  In the midst of playing four games in seven days, Brown will host LIU-Brooklyn on Saturday, November 25 at the Pizzitola Sports Center, starting at 1:00 pm. The Bears will then turn around and travel to Smithfield, RI for a match-up with Bryant on Sunday, November 26 at 6:00 pm.

The Bears:  Brown (2-2) is coming off a 77-64 loss at Stony Brook Wednesday evening, despite a career high 17 points by freshman Desmond Cambridge. The Bears out-rebounded Stony Brook by a 43-38 margin with junior Travis Fuller grabbing a team high nine rebounds. Brown will be playing games two and three of a stint of four games in seven days.

 

The Blackbirds: LIU fell to 2-4 on the season following a 74-66 loss to UMass Lowell on Wednesday.  LIU has earned wins over the College of New Rochelle (104-68) and Hartford (86-84), with losses to Tulane (102-96), Fordham (81-68) and Miami Ohio (78-74).  Brown and LIU will be meeting for the first time ever.

 

The Bulldogs:  Bryant played at Hartford Friday afternoon, having played a rugged early season schedule with losses to Georgia (79-54), NC State (95-72), Navy (79-71) and Rutgers (83-54). Brown and Bryant have met 16 times with the Bears holding a 14-2 series advantage.  Last year on 11/28/16, Brown's Tavon Blackmon drove the length of the court to score on a layup with 3.8 seconds remaining to lift the Bears to a 91-90 win over Bryant at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Bryant last defeated the Bears, 70-67, on 11/27/13 at the Chace Athletic Center.

 

Did You Know?: The 106 points scored by Brown against Johnson & Wales rank sixth best in Brown basketball history and are the most points scored since 1987, a 108-78 win over Bryant…Brown's 80.8 ppg. scoring average leads all Ivy League team.

 

Kiddie Corps: In Brown's four three games, the young cubs have started two freshmen, forwards Matt Dewolf and Desmond Cambridge, a first-year player in sophomore guard Zach Hunsaker, along with sophomore guard Brandon Anderson and sophomore forward Joshua Howard.

 

Joshua Howard – Bears Top Returning Shooter:  Sophomore forward Joshua Howard (Charlotte, NC) turned in a complete performance against Quinnipiac with 19 points and six rebounds, tossing in a career high four treys on 4-of-5 shots from beyond the 3-point arc.  Howard had eight points and a game high seven rebounds vs. St. Francis Brooklyn. He opened the season with 10 points and four rebounds vs. Johnson & Wales. He started 22 of 30 games a year ago and ranked fourth in the Ivy League and led Brown in field goal percentage (.518). Howard averaged 8.7 points per game and scored in double figures 11 times, including a career high 20 points against Morgan State.

 

Brandon Anderson:  Leads the Bears Offense:  Sophomore Brandon Anderson (Mahwah, NJ), the Bears' top scorer with 19.3 points per game, has been Brown's go-to player in the early season and has scored 20 or more points in three of Brown's first four games, including back-to-back career scoring games.  He had 12 points and four assists vs. Stony Brook. Anderson scored 21 points, grabbed four rebound and had three assist game against St. Francis Brooklyn. He netted new career highs of 23 points and five assists in Brown's win over Quinnipiac, and continued his parade to the free throw line by converting 10-of-13 free throws. He stepped up in Brown's season opener vs. Johnson & Wales with career highs in points (21), steals (4), and rebounds (6), while connecting on 16-of-17 free throws. The 16 free throws made by Anderson rank sixth in Brown basketball history. He had a sensational freshman season, starting 28 of 30 games and averaging 8.2 points per game.  Anderson ranked fifth in the Ivy League with 1.3 steals per game, and poured in 21 points vs. Penn, hitting 5-of-10 field goals and 10-of-11 free throws.

 

Newcomers in the Front Court:  The frontcourt is bolstered with the addition of two talented freshmen, Matt DeWolf (Barrington, RI) and Tamenang Choh (Lowell, MA).  DeWolf has started all four games had seven points and six rebounds in his collegiate debut against Johnson & Wales,  He pulled down four rebounds vs. Quinnipiac. DeWolf is a rugged forward, who averaged 10.4 points and 6.3 rebounds as a senior at Northfield Mt. Hermon.  Choh stood out in his collegiate debut with eight points, four rebounds and two blocked shots vs. Johnson & Wales. He came back with seven points and six rebounds in Brown's win over Quinnipiac. Choh was an All-ISL selection at the Brooks School and MVP of the NEPSAC Class B Championship.

 

Obi Okolie Back In The Lineup:  Junior tri-captain forward Obi Okolie (Ajax, Ontario), who started 29-of-30 games for the Bears last season, returned to the lineup against Stony Brook on Wednesday after missing Brown's first three games.  He scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds against the Seawolves. Last year, he scored in double figures in 16 games, and is Brown's top returning scorer with 9.1 points per game, while averaging 4.0 rebounds per game. He grabbed a career high nine rebounds against Harvard and scored season high 18 points vs. Yale. 

 

Okolie, Sullivan and Hunsaker Named Brown Basketball Captains  Brown men's basketball head coach Mike Martin announced that junior Obi Okolie, junior Chris Sullivan and sophomore Zach Hunsaker have been elected tri-captains of the 2017-18 Brown team by a vote of their teammates.

 

Jason Massey Returns:  Senior guard Jason Massey (Cooper City, FL) grabbed six rebounds to go along with three points in Brown's season opener vs. Johnson & Wales, and added three assists vs. Quinnipiac and three points vs. St. Francis Brooklyn.  He returns after a year's hiatus after earning a starting role in 18 of 27 games in 2015-16, and scoring in double figures seven times, including a season high 17 points vs. Maine.

 

Fuller Up:  Junior forward Travis Fuller (Encinitas, CA), Brown's top rebounder with 6.5 per game, pulled down a season high nine rebounds against Stony Brook, while adding five points. He scored a career high 16 points against Johnson & Wales, while grabbing five rebounds. Fuller had six points and two rebounds vs. St. Francis Brooklyn. Last year, Fuller played in all 30 games, earning eight starts, and scored in double figures 11 times, including a career high 14 points against St. Francis-Brooklyn. Fuller, who averaged 7.5 points per game, is Brown's top returning rebounder with 5.7 rebounds per game.

 

Cambridge Excels In Early Season: Freshman guard Desmond Cambridge (Nashville, TN) has scored in double figures in all four Brown games and tossed in a career high 17 points vs. Stony Brook, while blocking a season high three shots. He netted 10 point, grabbed four rebound against St. Francis Brooklyn. He was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after making a made a splash in his collegiate debut with an alley-oop dunk and 15 points vs. Johnson & Wales. Cambridge came back with 12 points and five rebounds in Brown's win over Quinnipiac. He was the Prep Player of the Year at the Hun School of Princeton, as well as the Trenton Times Player of the Year, and averaged 16.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game as a senior.

 

Hunsaker Comfortable In Combo Role: Sophomore tri-captain guard Zach Hunsaker (Orem, UT) is averaging 12.0 points per game and scored 12 points with four rebounds against Stony Brook. He tossed in a season high 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field vs. St. Francis Brooklyn, while adding a season high seven rebounds. He had 15 points and four rebounds in his debut vs. Johnson & Wales, and added six points and three assists vs. Quinnipiac. He was a NJCAA Division-I First Team All-America at Snow College, and the Region 18 Player of the Year.  He led the SWAC with an average of 20.4 points per game, and posted a conference-best 92 three-pointers. 

 

More Backcourt Newcomers:  Freshman George Mawanda-Kalema (Burke, VA) netted three points vs. Johnson & Wales. He was an All-State selection as a senior, averaging 20.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game at Episcopal High School. Freshman Jake Shaper (Houston, TX) earned All-Conference honors for three years at the Kinkaid School.

 

 

Sullivan Takes Leadership Role: Bears' tri-captain junior guard Chris Sullivan (Wilmette, IL) tossed in five points and grabbed two rebounds in the Bears' win over Quinnipiac, and added treys against St. Francis Brooklyn and Stony Brook. Last year, Sullivan gained playing time with tenacious defense and played in 25 games, missing five games due to injury.  He connected on 12 treys for the season, and had nine points in the Bears' season opener against Cincinnati. He is the third Sullivan brother to play for Brown, following in the footsteps of brothers Peter '11 and Matt '13.

Bears On The Air:  Brown's entire schedule, home and away, 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.

 

Head Coach Mike Martin: Former Brown basketball standout Mike Martin '04, the 31st head men's basketball coach in the program's 111-year history, has changed the direction and culture of the program in five 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 2013-14 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 Network (ILN): 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 Network. Available on computer, mobile and tablet devices all without the use of an app., packages for Brown's channel on the Ivy 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.

 

Next Game:  After completing games against LIU Brooklyn and Bryant, Brown will travel to Kingston, R.I. to battle cross state rival URI on Tuesday, November 28.  Tip-off is 7:00 p.m. at the Ryan Center.