January 21, 2006

Brown's 100th Season Team Features Top 15 Basketball Players of All-Time

Jan. 21, 2006

Providence, Rhode Island - The Brown University Athletic Department in conjunction with the Friends of Brown Basketball and Brown Sports Foundation, announced its 100th Season All-Time Basketball Team on January 21, 2006, recognizing the 15 greatest players in Brown Basketball history.

The 100th Season Team was announced at a sold out dinner of more than 300 held at the Biltmore Hotel on Saturday, January 21, 2006, hosted by WSKO-AM 790 The Score's Scott Cordischi, the voice of Brown Basketball.

For the past month, Brown basketball alumni and fans have cast their votes via the internet and mail-in ballots to select Brown's 100th Season Team, voting from a ballot that included all-time Brown teams from each decade in Brown basketball history.

Those voted to Brown's 100th Season All-Time Team are Gerry Alaimo '58, Arnie Berman '72, Phillip Brown '75, Mike Cingiser '62, Jason Forte '05, Earl Hunt '03, Richard Lloyd '92, Peter Moss '80, Lou Murgo '54, Alai Nuualiitia '03, Harry Platt '40, Joe Tebo '58, Jim Turner '86, Rusty Tyler '71 and Michael Waitkus '86.

From its first intercollegiate basketball victory against Holy Cross in 1901, to competing in the first ever NCAA Championship in 1939, to its first Ivy League title and NCAA Playoff appearance in 1986, to the Bears' first ever NIT appearance in 2003, Brown basketball has featured some of the greatest performers and teams in Ivy League history.

Twelve of the all-time team members are already in the Brown Athletics Hall of Fame, with the three most recent graduates not yet eligible. Two members of the all-time team - Cingiser and Alaimo - went on to successfully coach Brown teams. All three of Brown's Ivy League Players of the Year - Moss, Turner and Forte are featured. 13 of the 15 players selected were 1,000 point scorers, led by Hunt, Brown's all-time leading scorer (2,041 points) and a three-time first team All-Ivy selection, and Berman, who held the Brown career scoring record for over 30 years with 1,668 career points.

Players on the all-time team are represented by every decade, starting in the 1930's through the present. Platt was a standout on the 1939 Brown NCAA Tournament team, which was coached by George Allen. Turner and Waitkus were prominent on Brown's 1986 Ivy League Championship Team, coached by Cingiser. The 2003 NIT team, coached by current head coach Glen Miller, posted Brown's best Ivy League record ever (12-2), and is represented by Hunt, Forte and Nuualiitia.

Brown's 100th Season All-Time Team

Gerry Alaimo '58 Scored 1,046 career points, 16th best, and grabbed 870 career rebounds, fourth best in the Brown record book...Coached the Bears to a school record 17 wins, while posting a 11-3 Ivy mark (2nd) in 1974...His 26 rebounds against Rhode Island are second in Bears' basketball history...Considered one of the top defensive players in the nation...Team captain and All-Ivy selection as a senior...Scored 38 points vs. Penn as a junior to lead the Bears over Penn.

Arnie Berman '72

Held the Brown scoring record for over 30 years with 1,668 career points...Holds Brown seasonal records for points (658 in 1971-72), scoring average (25.3 ppg in 1971-72) and free throws (250 in 1971-72), and career marks for free throws (636), and scoring average (21.6 ppg)...Connected on 25 of 26 free throws vs. Cornell in 1972...Ranks third in career rebounding (878) and rebounding average (11.4 rpg.)...First team All-Ivy selection in 1972...Held 17 Ivy League, Brown and New England scoring records...Led all New England scorers as a senior with 25.3 points per game, earning New England Player of the Year honors.

Phillip Brown '75 Holds Brown all-time record for rebounding with 931 rebounds... Scored 1,241 career points...His 24 rebounds against Dartmouth are third in the Brown record book...Helped spark the Bears to 30 wins in three years at Brown, a record at the time...Three-time All-Ivy selection, twice a first team honoree... All-New England selection and team captains in both his junior and senior years...Set Brown and New England records for field goal percentage, and Brown records for rebounding.

Mike Cingiser '62 Netted 1,331 points from 1959-1962, the Brown record at the time, and now fifth...Only one of three Brown players to be a three-time first team All-Ivy selection... Went on to coach the Bears to their only Ivy League Championship in 1986, posting a 16-11 record, 10-4 Ivy, while advancing to the NCAA Tournament against Syracuse...His team play was evidenced by his leading the team in assists and was second in rebounding throughout his varsity career...Tossed in 492 career field goals, still sixth in the Brown record book.

Jason Forte '05 Ivy League Player of the Year in 2004...Three-time first team All-Ivy selection...Scored 1,597 career points, third in Brown history... Posted the Ivy League's first "Tiny," leading the league in both scoring (21.4 ppg.) and assists (5.79 apg) as a junior. ...Set a single-season Brown record with 155 assists in 2002-2003...Completed his career ranked first in steals (192), second in assists (524), second in free throws (536), seventh in three-point field goals (121), and tenth in field goals (469)...AP All-American as a junior.

Earl Hunt '03 Brown's all-time career scorer and the only Bears' player to score over 2,000 career points (2,041)...Three-time first team All-Ivy selection...Scored 39 points twice in his career (vs. Harvard and Central Conn.), sixth in the Brown record book...Owns three Top 10 seasonal marks for points...His 18.9 ppg career scoring average is second at Brown, while his 499 career free throws ranks third...Helped Brown to a school record 17 wins twice (2002, 2003), and to a school record 12 Ivy wins (12-2) in 2003, with the Bears advancing to the National Invitation Tournament.

Richard Lloyd '92 Tossed in 1,294 career points, eighth best in Brown basketball history...Three-time Academic All-American...Held the Brown career mark for three-point field goals with 201 career treys, which ranked fourth in the Ivy League record book...Tossed in a career high 29 points in Brown's win over Providence in 1991-92...His 379 career assists are fourth in the Brown record book...Set a Brown record with 60 three-point baskets in 1990-1991, still fourth in the Brown record book.

Peter Moss '80 Brown's first ever Ivy League Player of the Year in 1980...Two-time first team All Ivy selection...Scored 1,241 career points, sixth best at the time and still 11th at Brown...Ranked eighth or higher in 12 different Brown scoring categories, including career scoring average (15.9 ppg, sixth), career field goals (467, sixth), career field goal percentage (.514, fifth), and single season points scored (540, fifth)...An All-New England selection, he played in the New England All-Star Hall of Fame game.

Ludwig "Lou" Murgo '54 Scored a Brown record 1,147 career points, now 14th in Brown history...Averaged 20.8 points per game as a junior, a Brown record at the time and still sixth in the Brown record book...His career 18.2 points per game ranks third in Brown basketball history...Two-year team captain for the Bears...All-Ivy honoree who was a good driver and had a deadly one-handed set shot...A native of Bristol, Rhode Island, he later played in the Baltimore Orioles farm system.

Alai Nuualiitia '03 Recognized as Brown's "Iron Man," having started every game in his four-year Brown career, encompassing 110 games...Scored 1,344 career points, fourth on Brown's all-time list...Holds the Brown career record with 119 blocked shots...His shooting percentage of .617 (126 of 206) in 2002-03 is second in Brown history...Ranks fifth in career field goal percentage (.557)...Helped Brown to an NIT appearance in 2003, and to a school record 57 victories in his four-year career.

Harry Platt '40 His 48-points and 21 field goals against Northeastern in 1938 are still Brown records...Starred on Brown's first NCAA Tournament team in 1939...A 6-3 pivot-man, he gained national prominence after he scored 404 points in 1938 and averaged 21.4 points per game, second best in the nation...Brown's team captain as a senior, he finished his career with 866 points, then a Brown record.

Joe Tebo '58 The first Brown player to earn first team All-Ivy honors, being selected as a sophomore in 1956...Scored 1,328 career points, a record at the time and still seventh in Brown basketball history...Tossed in 41 points against Cornell in 1957, fifth in the Brown record book... Considered the last of the great two-handed set-shooters at Brown... Set a then varsity record with 541 points as a sophomore...His 472 career field goals are still eighth in the Brown record book...Holds Brown records for field goals attempted in a season (21.4 per game) and career (17.9 per game).

Jim Turner '86 Ivy League Player of the Year on Brown's 1986 Ivy League Championship Team...Scored 519 points in 1986, eighth in the Brown record book...First Team All-Ivy selection as a senior...Brown's all-time single season leader in field goal percentage (.628), connecting on 199 of 317 field goals in 1986....Academic All-American...Also holds Brown records for field goal percentage in a game (.933 vs. Penn, 14 of 15), and a career (.602, 358 of 595).

Russ Tyler '71 Holds the second highest scoring average in the Brown record book, averaging 22.7 points per game for the Bears in 1970-71...His 46-points and 18 field goals against Rhode Island in 1971 rank second in Brown history...Ranks 10th in career scoring average with 15.1 points per game...His 568 points in 1970-71 was a Brown record at the time and still second in Brown's record book...Scored 1,133 career points...ECAC All-East selection...Also owned the Brown records for career assists, consecutive free throws, free throw percentage and most field goals in a season.

Michael Waitkus '86 Brown's all-time assists leader with 577 career assists...Scored 1,165 career points...Brown's first ever Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 1983...Holds Brown records for free throw percentage in a season (.898, 97 of 108 in 1983), and a career (.861, 279 of 324)...His 5.8 assists per game in 1983-84 is also a Brown record...Helped Brown to its first ever Ivy League Championship in 1986...Averaged 5.5 assists per game for his career, a Brown record...Two-time All-Ivy selection.