Push For Ivy Playoffs Continues - Men's Basketball Closes Out Regular Season At Home Against Princeton and Penn

Jason Massey '18
Jason Massey '18

Game Notes

Providence, R.I. -  With two games remaining in the regular season, against Princeton on Friday, March 2 at 7:00 pm and Penn on Saturday, March 3 at 6:00 pm, the Brown men's basketball team is holding on to a glimmer of hope in making the four-team Ivy League Tournament. The Bears need to sweep the weekend games and get some help along the way in their final regular season weekend. Friday's game against the Tigers is being broadcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network, while Saturday's game against the Tigers will be aired live on MyRITV and the Ivy League Network.


The Records:  Brown (11-14, 4-8 Ivy) is still in the mix for an Ivy Tournament berth, but will need some help to gain the fourth spot after losing games at Columbia, 89-82, and Cornell, 73-68, last weekend. The Bears need to sweep Princeton and Penn at home; Cornell must lose both games (Harvard and Dartmouth); Penn has to beat Yale on Friday night; and Columbia needs to lose to Harvard for the Bears to gain the fourth and final tournament berth. Princeton (12-15, 4-8 Ivy) split games last week, falling to Harvard in OT, 72-66, and beating Dartmouth, 64-47.  The conference leading Penn Quakers (21-7, 11-1) beat Dartmouth, 74-46, and Harvard, 74-71, for first place in the Ivy standings.


Senior Night: Brown will honor its lone senior, Jason Massey, in pregame ceremonies Saturday evening.


Brown vs. Penn – 132nd Meeting: The Bears and Quakers have met 131 times, dating back to 1901-1902, with Penn holding a 104-27 series advantage. Penn earned a 95-90 overtime win over the Bears earlier this year, despite 29 points by Bears' guard Desmond Cambridge. Brown earned an 80-72 win last year in Philadelphia behind Brandon Anderson's 21 points.


Brown vs. Princeton – 133rd Meeting:  Brown and Princeton have met 132 times, dating back to 1907-1908, with the Tigers holding a 105-27 series advantage. Brown defeated Princeton earlier this season for the first time since 2013, coming away with a 102-100 overtime victory over the Tigers in Princeton, NJ, behind 27 points and a game winning trey by Desmond Cambridge. Princeton defeated the Bears last year at the Pizzitola Sports Center, 66-51.


Choh Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week:  Brown rookie forward Tamenang Choh was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the first time this season after registering career highs in points and rebounds on the road against Columbia and Cornell. Choh opened the weekend by grabbing a career high 12 rebounds, handing out five assists and blocking two shots against Columbia.  He then posted his first career double-double against Cornell, scoring a career high 17 points and matching his career best with 12 rebounds against the Big Red. 


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.


Brandon Anderson – 2nd In Ivy League Scoring:  Sophomore Brandon Anderson (Mahwah, NJ) ranks second in the Ivy League in scoring with 17.6 points per game and has scored 20 or more points 10 times. He is the Ivy League leader in steals (1.5 per game), ranks second in free throw percentage (.852) and ranks third in the conference with 3.8 assists per game. Last week, Anderson scored 23 points and distributed four assists at Columbia. Anderson scored 17 points in Brown's second meeting vs. Dartmouth, and had 17 points, five assists and two steals in Brown's overtime win over Columbia. He had 18 points and a career high seven assists in Brown's overtime loss at Penn and came back with 25 points in the Bears' overtime win at Princeton. Anderson netted 18 points and five rebounds in Brown's win over Dartmouth and added 19 points five assists and four rebounds vs. Harvard. He scored 11 points and added six assists in Brown's second game vs. Yale. He tossed in 22 points in the first meeting with Yale. Anderson handed out 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.


DeWolf Contributes:  Brown's frontcourt has been bolstered by freshman forward Matt DeWolf (Barrington, RI), who has started 14 games for the Bears and ranks second on the Brown squad with 4.6 rebounds per game. He may have been the difference in Brown's win over Dartmouth with eight points, a career high 13 rebounds and two assists. DeWolf scored a career high nine points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field and grabbed a game high seven rebounds in the Bears' win over Yale. 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.



Cambridge: Two-Time Ivy Player and Six-Time Ivy Rookie of the Week: Freshman guard Desmond Cambridge (Nashville, TN), a six-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week and two-time Ivy Player of the Week, is poised to become Brown's all-time leading freshman scorer.  His 440 points this season trail only Earl Hunt, who scored 460 points in 2000. Cambridge is Brown's second leading scorer with 17.6 ppg, third best in the Ivy League.  His 19.4 ppg in conference games ranks second in the league. Cambridge is the team leader with 26 blocked shots, seventh best in the conference.  He is also shooting 78-percent from the free throw line, eighth best in the conference, while his 2.6 treys per game rank fifth in the conference. Last week, Cambridge posted his first career double-double at Columbia with 26 points and a career high 10 rebounds. Cambridge had 26 points, seven rebounds and two steals in Brown's first game vs. Cornell and came back with 23 points, six rebounds and four steals in Brown's overtime win over Columbia at home. Cambridge was named the Ivy Player and Rookie of the Week after scoring 32 points, including the game-winning trey, in Brown's overtime win over Princeton, and netting 29 points in the Bears' overtime loss at Penn. He connected on 10-of-16 field goals, including 7-of-9 treys against the Tigers, hit two free throws to tie the game in regulation and then blocked Princeton's layup attempt at the end of regulation. His seven treys rank eighth best in Brown basketball history. Cambridge scored 17 of his team high 22 points in the second half in Brown's first meeting against Harvard. He scored 11 of his team high 16 points in the second half to lead the Bears to an 81-80 win over Yale in being named the Ivy Rookie of the Week for the fifth time. In the second half against the Bulldogs, Cambridge connected on 3-of-4 field goals, including 2-of-2 treys, and 3-of-4 free throws. He also pulled down three rebounds, had a blocked shot and a steal. Cambridge scored 15 points in the first meeting with Yale. He scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds against NJIT in being named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week. 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. 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 five treys (5-of-12), while making 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 nine rebounds. Cambridge had 16 points vs. Rhode Island. He tossed in 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.


Brown Men's Basketball

Top 10 All-Time Freshman Scorers

  1. Earl Hunt                     460 points (2000)
  2. Desmond Cambridge  440 points (2018)
  3. Mike Waitkus               365 points (1983)
  4. Jeff Samsen                  355 points (1981)
  5. Sean McGonagil          329 points (2011)
  6. Carlos Williams                        287 points (1990)
  7. Eric Blackiston             282 points (1993)
  8. Leland King                 278 points (2014)
  9. Peter Sullivan               245 points (2008)

Brandon Anderson       245 points (2017)



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 Princeton, Columbia, Cornell, Northwestern, URI, UMass Lowell, St. Francis Brooklyn and Stony Brook. He tossed in six points, grabbed four rebounds and had a steal at Cornell. In the first meeting with Cornell, Sullivan scored four points and grabbed a season high five rebounds. 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.


Dunkin' Desmond: Brown has not always been referred to as a dunking team…until this season.  Through 25 games, Brown has 37 team dunks, led by freshman Desmond Cambridge with 21 dunks, followed by freshman Tamenang Choh (8), junior Travis Fuller (4), junior Obi Okolie (1), freshman Matt DeWolf (1), sophomore Brandon Anderson (1) and sophomore David Erebor (1). A 360-degree dunk by Cambridge vs. Columbia on 2/10/18 set social media and the internet on fire.


Joshua Howard Plays Key Minutes:  Sophomore forward Joshua Howard (Charlotte, NC) is averaging 5.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in 16 starts this season, including Brown's last two games vs. Columbia and Cornell. Howard scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds against Columbia last week. He had eight points and three rebounds in the Bears' game at Harvard. Howard scored nine points in Brown's win over Yale, after scoring six points and grabbing four rebounds in Brown's first meeting with the Bulldogs. 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 Conn. 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 a career high 20 points against Morgan St.


Obi Okolie Back To Form:  Junior tri-captain forward Obi Okolie (Ajax, Ontario) is avareging 8.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game for the Bears.  He stepped up against Cornell last week with 15 points and a season high eight rebounds.  Okolie came up big in Brown's overtime win over Columbia at home, connecting on the game winning trey with 9.4 seconds remaining, and finishing with 11 points, five assists and seven rebounds. He had 15 points and seven rebounds in Brown's overtime win at Princeton, connecting on 7-of-12 field goals. Okolie tossed in 16 points against Harvard on 5-of-9 shooting from the field, while grabbing five rebounds. He had nine of his 12 points in the second half in Brown's second game vs. Yale, including two free throws with five seconds remaining to give the Bears a two-point lead. Okolie netted eight points in Brown's first meeting with Yale. 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.


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 58-percent from the field (37-of 64). His six point, eight rebound performance helped Brown beat Columbia in overtime on 2/10/18. He had seven points and five rebounds in Brown's win over Yale. Massey grabbed a team high eight rebounds in Brown's win over NJIT and had six points vs. Yale in the first meeting. 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 10.0 points per game, leads the Bears in free throw percentage, converting 40-of-43 free throws (.930), and is second on the Brown team in assists (43) and treys (44). Hunsaker scored 15 points in Brown's overtime win over Columbia on 2/10/18, connecting on 5-of-9 treys. He had 14 points and six rebounds in an overtime game at Penn and added 11 points in Brown's overtime win at Princeton. Hunsaker made SportsCenter's Top 10 plays (#3) when he went coast-to-coast for a buzzer-beating layup to defeat Dartmouth, 64-62. He finished the game with 12 points and five rebounds against the Big Green, and came back with 10 points vs. Harvard. Hunsaker had a career high four steals vs. Yale and stopped the Bulldogs' layup attempt with three seconds left to preserve the victory. He connected on 4-of-6 treys in scoring 12 points vs. Marist, and added 11 points vs. Yale. 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. 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. 


Fuller Up:  Junior forward Travis Fuller (Encinitas, CA), who is averaging 3.3 rebounds 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.


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.


Choh Strong In The Frontcourt: Freshman forward Tamenang Choh (Lowell, MA) has started eight games for the Bears and is averaging 6.0 points per game. His 4.7 rebounds per game are second on the Brown team. Choh netted 11 points and grabbed six rebounds at Harvard, and tossed in 11 points, while pulling down seven rebounds at Dartmouth. He had eight rebounds vs. Cornell and scored 12 points, matching his career high, with seven rebounds in Brown's overtime win over Columbia. Against the Lions, he grabbed a rebound of a missed free throw and kicked it out to teammate Obi Okolie for the game-winning shot. Choh matched his career high with 12 points vs. Penn and added a career high eight rebounds against the Quakers.  He had five points, two steals and two blocks in Brown's first game against Harvard. He scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half, while grabbing five rebounds, to help the Bears beat Yale.  Six of his points came off dunks, two following a rebound and another after a steal vs. the Bulldogs.  He scored 11 points and pulled down four rebounds vs. NJIT, and 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.


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.


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.


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.


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 final show will be broadcast on March 7. 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.


Cingiser and Yaffe Named Legends of Ivy Basketball: The Ivy League announced the second-annual 16-member class of Legends of Ivy League Basketball, with three-time All-Ivy and coach of Brown's 1986 Ivy Championship team Mike Cingiser '62 and three-time All-Ivy Donna Yaffe '85 being named from Brown. These Legends contributed significantly to—and left a lasting impact on—their respective basketball programs, universities and chosen professions. Four legends will be formally honored during each semifinal game at the 2018 Ivy League Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments on Saturday, March 10, at The Palestra in Philadelphia. A variety of ticket offerings—including multi-session passes ranging from $30 - $295 and single-session tickets ranging from $20 - $160—are on sale online at IvyMadness.com/Tickets or by calling the Ivy League Box Office at (215) 703-3231.