March 24, 2008

Craig Robinson and Mark McAndrew Honored As Rhode Island's Coach and Player-of-the-Year

March 24, 2008

Providence, Rhode Island - Brown men's basketball coach Craig Robinson was been named the Rhode Island Division I Coach-of-the-Year and senior guard Mark McAndrew (Barrington, RI) was named the Rhode Island Co-Player-of-the-Year in Division I as selected by the Rhode Island Basketball Media. The awards were presented at the Cox Sports RI Basketball Media Luncheon on Monday, March 24th.

Robinson led the Bears to a school record 19 victories, shattering the previous mark of 17 wins. The second-year Brown coach also led the Bears to their fourth ever post-season tournament berth, competing the College Basketball Invitational. Robinson's team posted an 11-3 Ivy League mark, second best in Brown history, and good for second place in the Ivy standings. Robinson has won more games (30) in his first two years than any other head coach in Brown basketball history, eclipsing the mark of 29 wins by former Bears' mentor George E. Allen from 1939-1940.

Robinson coached Brown its first ever sweep of Princeton and Penn, including a 32-point victory over Penn, sending the Quakers to their largest Ivy League loss ever. As a team, Brown set a single season record with 227 three-point field goals.

McAndrew, who shared the award with URI senior Will Daniels, completed a terrific Brown career by leading the Ivy League in scoring for the second straight season, averaging 16.5 points per game, and earning first team All-Ivy honors for the second time. McAndrew scored 936 of his 1,100 career points in the last two seasons under coach Craig Robinson's tutelage, with his 1,100 points ranked 17th all-time at Brown. McAndrew's 65 treys this season rank fifth in the Brown record book, while his 165 career 3-point baskets are fourth all-time.

A two-time Ivy Player of the Week in 2007-2008, McAndrew's 311 career free throws are 10th best in the Brown record book, and he finished fifth in career free throw percentage at 82 percent. A mathematical economics concentrator, McAndrew also excelled in the classroom and is a 2008 Academic All-American and two-time Academic All-Ivy selection.