March 12, 2008

Mark McAndrew, Damon Huffman and Chris Skrelja Named All-Ivy

March 12, 2008

Providence, RI - Brown University senior 1,000-point scorers Mark McAndrew (Barrington, RI) and Damon Huffman (Petoskey, MI) were named first team All-Ivy, and junior Chris Skrelja (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY) was named second team All-Ivy by a vote of the eight Ivy League men's basketball coaches.

Huffman, McAndrew and Skrelja helped the Brown basketball team to a school record for wins (19-9), posting a winning percentage of .678, the best at Brown since 1945. Head coach Craig Robinson's team finished in second place in the Ivy standings with an 11-3 mark, the second most Ivy wins in Brown history. Huffman, McAndrew and Skrelja were the only three Brown players to start all 28 games.

McAndrew was named first team All-Ivy for the second straight season and is the seventh Brown player to earn first team honors two or more times. Former Brown standouts Mike Cingiser '60 (three times), Phil Brown '75 (two times), Brian Saunders '77 (two-times), Peter Moss '80 (two-times), Earl Hunt '03 (three-times) and Jason Forte '05 (three-times), were also honored two or more times by the league.

McAndrew led the Ivy League in scoring for the second straight season, averaging 16.5 ppg. He scored 921 of his 1,085 career points in the last two seasons, and his 61 treys this season rank seventh in the Brown record book. He scored in double figures in 26 of Brown's 28 games, including a season high 25 points vs. Dartmouth. He also registered two double-doubles, against Army (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Princeton (20 points, 10 rebounds).

A two-time Academic All-American, McAndrew finished fifth in career free throw percentage (.823, 311-378) at Brown, and his 311 career free throws are 10th best in the Brown record book. In 2007-2008, McAndrew ranked fifth in the Ivy League in field goal percentage (.474), sixth in free throw percentage (.825), sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (.415), and seventh in steals (1.32 per game), including seven steals vs. Columbia, second best in Brown history.

Huffman, Brown's 10th all-time leading scorer with 1,267 career points, established a new Brown all-time record for career 3-point field goals (223), 10th best in Ivy League basketball history. His 72 treys this season rank second in the Brown record book. Huffman also finished fourth in all-time career free throw percentage at Brown (.824, 234-284).

This year, Huffman was the Ivy League's fifth leading scorer (14.9 ppg.), ranked sixth in field goal percentage (.472), was fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (.437), and ranked second in 3-point field goals made (2.61 per game). Huffman netted a season high 29 points against American, and scored 20 or more points six times. Huffman's seven steals vs. Penn rank second in the Brown record book, while his 133 career steals are fifth all-time at Brown.

Skrelja had a break-out season for the Bears, averaging 8.6 points per game, 6.7 rebounds per game, third best in the Ivy League, and 4.04 assists per game, second in the Ivy League.

Skrelja netted a career high 29 points against Hartford on 11 of 12 shooting from the field on his way to being named the Ivy League Player of the Week. He registered double-doubles against Yale (16 points, 15 rebounds), Cornell (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Princeton (11 points, 12 rebounds). One of the most complete players on the Brown team, Skrelja rolled lucky seven's against Dartmouth with seven points, seven rebounds and seven assists. In addition, he just missed a triple-double against Army, scoring 15 points, grabbing nine rebounds and handing out eight assists.

2007-2008 All-Ivy Men's Basketball Team
First Team
Damon Huffman, Brown
* Mark McAndrew, Brown
John Baumann, Columbia
*Louis Dale, Cornell
*Ryan Wittman, Cornell

Second Team Chris Skrelja, Brown Jeff Foote, Cornell Adam Gore, Cornell Alex Barnett, Dartmouth Jeremy Lin, Harvard Brian Grandieri, Penn Noah Savage, Princeton Ross Morin, Yale Travis Pinick, Yale

Honorable Mention Tyler Bernadini, Penn

Player of the Year Louis Dale, Cornell

Rookie of the Year Tyler Bernadini, Penn

*unanimous selection