Brown NIT Bound

March 16, 2003

The Brown men's basketball team has accepted an invitation to compete in the 66th Annual National Invitational Tournament. The Bears will play the University of Virginia on Wednesday, March 19th in Charlottesville, VA at 7:30 p.m.

Brown Head Coach Glen Miller, who was named the collegeinsider.com Ivy League Coach of the Year, led the Bears to a second place finish in the Ivy League standings with a 12-2 league mark, setting a new school record for Ivy wins in a season. Brown's 17-11 overall mark matched the school record for victories for the second straight season. This year's team also set a new school record for victories in a four-year period with 57 wins.

Brown's basketball team will be making its first NIT appearance after playing in the NCAA Tournament twice before. The Bears played in the first-ever NCAA Tournament in 1939, losing to Villanova, 42-30. Brown captured the Ivy League title and an NCAA Playoff berth in 1986, but lost in the first round to Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, 101-52.

The Bears are led by a trio of first team All-Ivy selections - senior guard Earl Hunt, senior forward Alai Nuualiitia and sophomore point guard Jason Forte. Brown became the first team in Ivy League history other than Penn or Princeton to have three first-team All-Ivy selections as well as the first non-champion to garner that many first-teamers.

Hunt is the 23rd Ivy Leaguer and second Brown player to be named first team All-Ivy three times. Hunt, who scored 2,030 career points, 4th best in Ivy League basketball history, led the Ivy League in scoring for the third straight season, averaging 19.4 points per game. Nuualiitia started a record 109 consecutive games for the Bears, representing every game in his Brown career, and ranks 3rd on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,334 career points. He led the Ivy League in field goal percentage for the third straight year, shooting 62 percent from the field (123 of 199). Forte, who exploded for a career high 30 points against Princeton, ranked second in the Ivy League in assists (5.3 per game) and steals (2.0 per game), and his 149 assists ranks second in Brown history for a single season.

Brown and Virginia have met once before, in the 1986-1987 season, with the Cavaliers coming away with the win in Charlottesville.

The game will be held at UVa's University Hall. Directions are as follows:

From the East/West: Take I-64 to exit 118B (Culpeper-Charlottesville). Take second exit (sign will say University of Virginia Information Center and Business 250 East) and bear right onto Ivy Rd. At second stop light, turn left on to Copeley Rd. University Hall will be on the right.

From the North: Take Route 29 south into Charlottesville (Emmet St.). Turn right at Massie Rd. University Hall will be on your left.

From the South: Take Route 29 to Business Route 250 East (sign will say University of Virginia Information Center) and bear right onto Ivy Rd. At second stop light, turn left on to Copeley Rd.

For additional information, please visit the University of Virginia's website:
University of Virginia Athletics