Providence, R.I. - It's no longer the 14-game Ivy League Playoffs for the league's NCAA Tournament berth, it's now a battle for the top four spots in the Ivy standings to qualify for the Ivy League Tournament at the Palestra. Brown will tip-off its Ivy schedule on Friday evening, January 12, traveling to New Haven, CT, to battle Yale. Play begins at 5:30 pm in a game broadcast on Eleven Sports and the Ivy League Network, and aired on WPRV AM 790.
The Bears: Brown (7-6) completed its non-league season with a 70-69 win over NJIT behind Obi Okolie '19, who scored 14 points, and Desmond Cambridge '21, who added 13 points and was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season…The Bears' defense has forced an Ivy League leading 14.5 turnovers per game…Brown also leads the Ivy League in free throw percentage (.775), free throws made (252) and free throws attempted (325)…The Bears rank second in the league in scoring with 76.6 points per game with Yale close behind at 75.1 points per game.
The Bulldogs: Yale (7-9) is coming off a 74-60 loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday. The Bulldogs have posted wins over South Carolina State, Curry, Alcorn State, Delaware, Bryant, Lehigh and Kennesaw State, with losses to Creighton, Wisconsin, Albany, Vermont, TCU, St. Bonaventure, Iona and Monmouth…Yale is the Ivy League leader in field goal percentage (.477)…Sophomore Miye Oni leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 16.9 points per game.
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 IvyMadness.com.
The Brown vs. Yale Series Record- 160th Meeting: Brown and Yale have met 159 times, dating back to the 1904-05 season, with the Bulldogs holding a 107-52 series advantage. Yale has won the last six games against the Bears, including an 85-75 decision on 1/27/17 in New Haven. Brown's last win over Yale came on 1/25/14, earning a 73-56 victory in Providence.
Brandon Anderson - 1st Nationally In Free Throws: Sophomore Brandon Anderson (Mahwah, NJ) ranks second in the Ivy League in scoring with 19.0 points per game and leads the nation with 8.0 free throws made per game. Anderson leads the Ivy League in steals (1.8 per game) and free throw percentage (.882) and ranks fourth in the Ivy League with 3.8 assists per game. He has been Brown's go-to player in the early season and scored 20 or more points six times. Anderson handed out a career high 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. Anderson ranked fifth in the Ivy League with 1.3 steals per game.
Joshua Howard – Bears Top Returning Shooter: Sophomore forward Joshua Howard (Charlotte, NC) is averaging 6.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in 10 starts this season. His 1.1 steals per game are eighth in the Ivy League. 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 Connecticut. 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 in double figures 11 times, including a career high 20 points against Morgan State.
DeWolf Contributes: Brown's frontcourt has been bolstered by freshman forward Matt DeWolf (Barrington, RI), who has started seven games for the Bears and leads the squad with 5.0 rebounds per game. 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. DeWolf is a rugged forward, who averaged 10.4 points and 6.3 rebounds as a senior at Northfield Mt. Hermon.
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.
Cambridge Four-Time Ivy League Rookie of the Week: Freshman guard Desmond Cambridge (Nashville, TN), a four-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week, is Brown's second leading scorer with 15.9 ppg, sixth best in the Ivy League, and is the team leader with 14 blocked shots. Cambridge ranks third in the Ivy League in free throw percentage (.850) and ranks fifth in the Ivies with 2.5 treys per game. He scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds against NJIT in being named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the fourth time. 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. His seven treys rank eighth best in Brown basketball history. 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 a career high 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 a then career high 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.
Obi Okolie Back In The Lineup: Junior tri-captain forward Obi Okolie (Ajax, Ontario), who started 29-of-30 games for the Bears last season, missed Brown's first three games due to injury and has returned to form in recent weeks. 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.
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.
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 60-percent from the field (27-of 45). Massey grabbed a team high eight rebounds in Brown's win over NJIT. 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 10.8 points per game, and has started all 13 games for the Bears. Hunsaker leads the Bears in free throw percentage, converting 21-of-22 free throws (.955) and is second on the Brown team in assists (27) and treys (24). He connected on 4-of-6 treys in scoring 12 points vs. Marist. 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 4.7 points per game. Choh scored 11 points and pulled down four rebounds vs. NJIT. He 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 4.9 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 CollegeInsider.com 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.
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 http://www.790business.com.
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.
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.
Next Game: The Bears and Bulldogs will match-up again in Providence, RI next Friday evening, January 19 at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Tip-off is 8:00 pm on MyRITV and the ILN.