Men's Basketball Hosts Cornell and Columbia at the Pizzitola Sports Center On Alumni Weekend

Obi Okolie '19
Obi Okolie '19

Game Notes


Providence, R.I. -  Brown hits the halfway mark in the Ivy League schedule, hosting Cornell on Friday evening (2/9) at 7:00 pm and Columbia on Saturday (2/10) at 6:00 pm. The Bears stand in a three-way tie for third place in the Ivy standings with eight games remaining and will look to take care of business at home at the Pizzitola Sports Center against the Big Red and Lions. Brown will host its annual Alumni Game on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm, and will recognize its 2008 team, who earned a school record 19 wins, during Saturday's game against Columbia.


The Bears:  Brown (10-9, 3-3 Ivy) earned a crucial split on the road with Penn and Princeton, falling to the Quakers, 95-90 in overtime, with Desmond Cambridge scoring 29 points, and coming back to win at Princeton, 102-100 in overtime, behind 32 points and nine rebounds by Cambridge, including the game-winning trey with 4.4 seconds remaining…The win over Princeton snapped the Tigers' 19 game home Ivy winning streak and gave Brown its first win over Princeton in 10 games…The 102 points are the most ever scored by the Bears against Princeton and rank 11th in Brown history…The Bears are in a three way tie for third place in the Ivy standings with Columbia and Princeton…Brown's 79.1 ppg leads the Ivy League.


Cambridge Named Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Week: Desmond Cambridge '21 (Nashville, TN) was named the Ivy Player of the Week for the second time and Ivy Rookie of the Week for the sixth time after scoring 32 points, including the game winning trey, in Brown's overtime win over Princeton, and netting 29 points in the Bears' overtime loss at Penn. Cambridge averaged 30.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in the two games, shot 63-percent from the field (22-of-35) and connected on 11-of-16 treys (69-percent).


Cornell and Columbia: Cornell (8-11, 2-4 Ivy) split games at home last week, beating Dartmouth, 86-85 and then falling to Harvard, 76-73.  Columbia (6-13, 3-3 Ivy), winners of three of their last four games, posted a weekend home sweep, upsetting Harvard, 83-76, and beating Dartmouth, 77-74.

The Brown vs. Cornell Series Record: Brown and Cornell will be meeting for the 130th time, dating back to 1949-1950, with the Big Red holding a 77-52 series advantage. Brown and Cornell split games last year with Brown earning an 81-70 win in Ithaca, NY, and Cornell coming back for a 92-78 win over the Bears in Providence on the last day of the season.


The Brown vs. Columbia Series Record: Brown and Columbia have met 139 times, dating back to 1900-1901, with the Lions holding a 74-65 series advantage. The two teams split games last year with Columbia taking an 83-78 decision in New York City and the Bears earning an 88-86 victory in Providence behind Brandon Anderson's 16 points and seven assists.


Ivy League Tournament:  The Ivy League men's and women's basketball tournaments return to Philadelphia on Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, 2018 at the Palestra. 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 tickets and more information please visit


Brandon Anderson – 2nd In Ivy League Scoring:  Sophomore Brandon Anderson (Mahwah, NJ) ranks second in the Ivy League in scoring with 18.9 points per game and has scored 20 or more points nine times. He is the Ivy League leader in steals (1.7 per game) and free throw percentage (.879) and ranks third in the conference with 4.0 assists per game. Anderson had 18 points and a career high seven assists in Brown's overtime loss at Penn and came back with 25 points in the Bears' overtime win at Princeton. Anderson netted 18 points and five rebounds in Brown's win over Dartmouth and added 19 points five assists and four rebounds vs. Harvard. He scored 11 points and added six assists in Brown's second game vs. Yale. He tossed in 22 points in the first meeting with Yale. Anderson handed out six assists, while scoring 12 points, in Brown's win over NJIT. He tossed in a career high 26 points against Northwestern, and had 13 points and five assists in Brown's win over Marist. Against Providence, Anderson netted 19 points, while adding three rebounds and three assists. Anderson tossed in a team high 17 points against Rhode Island and added 15 points vs. Central Connecticut. He posted a then career high 24 points vs. LIU-Brooklyn and matched his total the following day with 24 points vs. Bryant. Anderson connected on 27-of-30 free throws in the two games. He had 12 points and four assists vs. Stony Brook, and scored 21 points, grabbed four rebounds and had three assists against St. Francis Brooklyn. Anderson netted 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 21 points, four steals, and six rebounds, 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.


DeWolf Contributes:  Brown's frontcourt has been bolstered by freshman forward Matt DeWolf (Barrington, RI), who has started 13 games for the Bears and leads the squad with 5.2 rebounds per game. He may have been the difference in Brown's win over Dartmouth with eight points, a career high 13 rebounds and two assists. DeWolf scored a career high nine points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field and grabbed a game high seven rebounds in the Bears' win over Yale. He grabbed six rebounds against Northwestern and had six points and pulled down eight rebounds in Brown's win over UMass Lowell. DeWolf also grabbed eight rebounds in the Bears' overtime loss at Providence, and registered four points and five rebounds vs. Rhode Island. DeWolf had seven points and six rebounds in his collegiate debut against Johnson & Wales, pulled down four rebounds vs. Quinnipiac and grabbed five rebounds vs. Bryant.


Cambridge: Two-Time Ivy Player and Six-Time Ivy Rookie of the Week: Freshman guard Desmond Cambridge (Nashville, TN), a six-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week and two-time Ivy Player of the Week, is Brown's second leading scorer with 17.4 ppg, fourth best in the Ivy League, and is the team leader with 21 blocked shots, sixth best in the conference.  He is also shooting 77-percent from the free throw line, sixth best in the conference. Cambridge was named the Ivy Player and Rookie of the Week after scoring 32 points, including the game-winning trey, in Brown's overtime win over Princeton, and netting 29 points in the Bears' overtime loss at Penn. He connected on 10-of-16 field goals, including 7-of-9 treys against the Tigers, hit two free throws to tie the game in regulation and then blocked Princeton's layup attempt at the end of regulation. His seven treys rank eighth best in Brown basketball history. Cambridge scored 17 of his team high 22 points in the second half in Brown's first meeting against Harvard. He scored 11 of his team high 16 points in the second half to lead the Bears to an 81-80 win over Yale in being named the Ivy Rookie of the Week for the fifth time. In the second half against the Bulldogs, Cambridge connected on 3-of-4 field goals, including 2-of-2 treys, and 3-of-4 free throws. He also pulled down three rebounds, had a blocked shot and a steal. Cambridge scored 15 points in the first meeting with Yale. He scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds against NJIT in being named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week. He had a 22-point performance in a close loss to Northwestern. Cambridge poured in a career high 33 points vs. Marist, connecting on 7-of-12 treys, in being named the Ivy League Co-Player and Rookie of the Week. He scored 19 points in Brown's overtime loss to Providence, while grabbing six rebounds. Cambridge tossed in 17 points vs. Central Connecticut, connecting on five treys (5-of-12), while making a career high three steals. He scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field in Brown's win over Bryant, while blocking three shots, and just missed a double-double vs. LIU-Brooklyn with nine points and a career best nine rebounds. Cambridge had 16 points vs. Rhode Island. He tossed in 17 points vs. Stony Brook, while blocking three shots. Cambridge netted 10 points and grabbed four rebounds against St. Francis Brooklyn. He was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after making 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.


Brown Men's Basketball

Top 10 All-Time Freshman Scorers

  1. Earl Hunt                     460 points (2000)
  2. Mike Waitkus               365 points (1983)
  3. Jeff Samsen                  355 points (1981)
  4. Sean McGonagil          329 points (2011)
  5. Desmond Cambridge  311 points (2018)
  6. Carlos Williams                        287 points (1990)
  7. Eric Blackiston             282 points (1993)
  8. Leland King                 278 points (2014)
  9. Peter Sullivan               245 points (2008)

        Brandon Anderson       245 points (2017)


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 Northwestern, 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 made 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.


Joshua Howard In Starting Role:  Sophomore forward Joshua Howard (Charlotte, NC) is averaging 5.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in 14 starts this season. Howard scored nine points in Brown's win over Yale, after scoring six points and grabbing four rebounds in Brown's first meeting with the Bulldogs. Howard grabbed a team high seven rebounds against Northwestern. He scored 13 points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out a career high five assists vs. Marist. Howard had seven points in Brown's win over UMass Lowell and added six points and three steals in a win over Central Conn. He 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 a career high 20 points against Morgan St.


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.


Obi Okolie Returning To Form:  Junior tri-captain forward Obi Okolie (Ajax, Ontario), who missed Brown's first three games due to injury,  recently returned to the starting lineup and had 15 points and seven rebounds in Brown's overtime win at Princeton, connecting on 7-of-12 field goals. Okolie tossed in 16 points against Harvard on 5-of-9 shooting from the field, while grabbing five rebounds. He had nine of his 12 points in the second half in Brown's second game vs. Yale, including two free throws with five seconds remaining to give the Bears a two-point lead. Okolie netted eight points in Brown's first meeting with Yale. He stepped up against NJIT with a team high 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. Okolie scored seven points and grabbed three rebounds against Northwestern. He had eight points, six rebounds and a career high five assists vs. UMass Lowell and scored six points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out three assists vs. Marist.  Okolie had a strong performance against Providence with 10 points and five rebounds. He scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds against Stony Brook, and came back with 11 points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field vs. LIU-Brooklyn. 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.


Dunkin' Desmond: Brown has not always been referred to as a dunking team…until this season.  Through 19 games, Brown has 26 team dunks, led by freshman Desmond Cambridge with 14 dunks, followed by freshman Tamenang Choh (6), junior Travis Fuller (3), freshman Matt DeWolf (1), sophomore Brandon Anderson (1) and sophomore David Erebor (1).


Jason Massey Returns:  Senior guard Jason Massey (Cooper City, FL) has been a sparkplug coming off the bench for the Bears and is shooting a torrid 59-percent from the field (32-of 54). He had seven points and five rebounds in Brown's win over Yale. Massey grabbed a team high eight rebounds in Brown's win over NJIT and had six points vs. Yale in the first meeting. He scored seven points, pulled down four rebounds and handed out three assists in Brown's win over Marist. Massey made the difference against UMass Lowell with a season high 13 points and six rebounds, connecting on 6-of-7 field goals.  He netted 12 points vs. LIU-Brooklyn on 6-of-7 shooting from the field. Massey scored eight points vs. Rhode Island on 4-of-5 shooting from the field. He 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 following 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.


Hunsaker Breaks Out: Sophomore tri-captain guard Zach Hunsaker (Orem, UT) is averaging 10.7 points per game, leads the Bears in free throw percentage, converting 34-of-37 free throws (.919), and is second on the Brown team in assists (36) and treys (36) and steals (20). He had 14 points and six rebounds in an overtime game at Penn and added 11 points in Brown's overtime win at Princeton. Hunsaker made SportsCenter's Top 10 plays (#3) when he went coast-to-coast for a buzzer-beating layup to defeat Dartmouth, 64-62. He finished the game with 12 points and five rebounds against the Big Green, and came back with 10 points vs. Harvard. Hunsaker had a career high four steals vs. Yale and stopped the Bulldogs' layup attempt with three seconds left to preserve the victory. He connected on 4-of-6 treys in scoring 12 points vs. Marist, and added 11 points vs. Yale. Hunsaker had 16 points in Brown's win over UMass Lowell and netted nine points and pulled down seven rebounds against Providence. He had 14 points, three assists, three rebounds and two steals vs. Central Connecticut. Hunsaker exploded for a career high 21 points vs. Bryant, connecting on 5-of-10 treys. He scored 12 points with four rebounds against Stony Brook, and tossed in 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field vs. St. Francis Brooklyn, while adding a season high seven rebounds. Hunsaker 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.  Hunsaker led the SWAC with an average of 20.4 points per game, and posted a conference-best 92 three-pointers. 


Choh Strong In The Frontcourt: Freshman forward Tamenang Choh (Lowell, MA) has started six games for the Bears and is averaging 5.2 points per game. His 4.3 rebounds per game is third on the Brown team. Choh matched his career high with 12 points vs. Penn and added a career high eight rebounds against the Quakers.  He had five points, two steals and two blocks in Brown's first game against Harvard. He scored 10 of his career high 12 points in the second half, while grabbing five rebounds, to help the Bears beat Yale.  Six of his points came off dunks, two following a rebound and another after a steal vs. the Bulldogs.  He scored 11 points and pulled down four rebounds vs. NJIT, and had six points and six rebounds at Northwestern. Choh netted seven points against Providence, and sent the game into overtime with a three-point play with 15 seconds remaining in regulation.  He pulled down a career high seven rebounds vs. Central Connecticut, and had a strong game vs. Rhode Island with eight points and a team high six rebounds. 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.


Fuller Up:  Junior forward Travis Fuller (Encinitas, CA), Brown's second leading rebounder with 4.5 per game, posted a double-double vs. LIU-Brooklyn, scoring 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field, while grabbing a career high 11 rebounds. Fuller had six points and two rebounds vs. St. Francis Brooklyn, and pulled down 10 rebounds in Brown's win over Quinnipiac. He pulled down nine rebounds against Stony Brook, while adding five points. Fuller scored a career-high 16 points against Johnson & Wales, while grabbing five rebounds. Last year, Fuller played in all 30 games, earning eight starts, and scored in double figures 11 times, including 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.


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 Postseason Tournament at the Pizzitola Sports Center.  In addition, he guided two-time Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year Cedric Kuakumensah '16, 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.

More Backcourt Newcomers:  Freshman George Mawanda-Kalema (Burke, VA) netted three points vs. Johnson & Wales, but will be sidelined for the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery. 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.


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, and is now available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN app for Android and Apple devices. 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.


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


Mike Martin Show:  The Mike Martin Show is held every Wednesday evening from 6 pm – 7 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, Providence, RI and broadcast on WPRV-AM 790 radio. The show is also broadcast live on Facebook Live and simulcast to the Ivy League Network (ILN), as well as through the Tune In app, making it easily accessible to alumni, parents and fans across the country. Scott Cordischi, the voice of Brown Athletics, will host the hour-long show every Wednesday evening and will feature previews of upcoming games, a recap of previous contests and interviews with different members of the Brown basketball program.


Cingiser and Yaffe Named Legends of Ivy Basketball: The Ivy League announced the second-annual 16-member class of Legends of Ivy League Basketball, with three-time All Ivy and coach of Brown's 1986 Ivy Championship team Mike Cingiser '62 and three-time All-Ivy Donna Yaffe '85 being named from Brown. These Legends contributed significantly to—and left a lasting impact on—their respective basketball programs, universities and chosen professions. Four legends will be formally honored during each semifinal game at the 2018 Ivy League Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments on Saturday, March 10, at The Palestra in Philadelphia. A variety of ticket offerings—including multi-session passes ranging from $30 - $295 and single-session tickets ranging from $20 - $160—are on sale online at or by calling the Ivy League Box Office at (215) 703-3231.


Next Week: Brown is back in action again next weekend, playing Harvard on Friday, February 16 in Boston, MA, broadcast live on NESN and the ILN, and Dartmouth on Saturday, February 18 in Hanover NH, broadcast in the ILN.  Both games tip-off at 7:00 pm.