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Monmouth (0-4) vs. Brown (2-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 22nd, 5:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Patriot Center (10,000) -- Fairfax, Virginia. Television: None. Home Record: Monmouth 0-0, Brown 2-0. Away Record: Monmouth 0-2, Brown 0-1. Neutral Record: Monmouth 0-2, Brown 0-2. Conference Record: Monmouth 0-0, Brown 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: Once again, the Monmouth Hawks try for their first win of the 2011-12 season as they challenge the Brown Bears in the consolation round of the NIT Season Tip-Off at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.
One of just three teams in the Northeast Conference still without a victory heading into play on Tuesday, the Hawks were crushed by the Albany Great Danes on Monday by a score of 85-49 to remain winless.
As for the Bears, they too were blown out of the water in Monday's action, suffering a 74-48 setback versus George Mason, which is hosting these regional games. Brown, which won home games against Johnson & Wales and Hartford, is still winless outside of Providence.
With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the hardwood, this is the first-ever meeting.
Not a single player scored in double figures for the Hawks yesterday as the team shot just 34.7 percent from the floor and 3-of-13 behind the three-point line. While it wouldn't have made a difference in the outcome, Monmouth didn't do itself any favors by shooting a mere 12-of-25 at the free-throw line either. Will Campbell was responsible for a team-high nine points in 17 minutes off the bench, while starter Mike Myers Keitt tallied seven points but struggled finding his shot with only 3-of-12 accuracy from the floor. Since scoring 70 points in the season-opening loss to Villanova the Hawks, who have yet to play a true home game, have failed to reach the 50-point plateau in three straight outings. Ed Waite currently leads the program in scoring with 9.5 ppg and is also tops in rebounding with 8.3 rpg, but clearly the team needs more input from everyone involved.
Like Monmouth, the Bears failed to have a single player score in double figures last night in the lopsided loss to George Mason. In fact, Stephen Albrecht was the only starter to make more than a single field goal as he finished with six points on 2-of-7 from the floor in 17 minutes. John Harris tallied a team-best nine points in a reserve role, but he did so on just 1- of-9 shooting behind the three-point line. The Bears shot only 28.6 percent from the field and 3-of-15 beyond the arc in the first half. In the second half it was more of the same as the Bears knocked down just 2- of-10 out on the perimeter, en route to the 26-point setback. Through the first four games of the season for the Bears, the leading scorer was Sean McGonagill with his 16.0 ppg, while Matt Sullivan accounted for 13.3 ppg, but still Brown was a program scoring just 66.2 ppg.
Both of these teams have problems getting their offenses into gear, but at least the Bears have the potential for breaking the 50-point barrier and that should give them the confidence to rise above Monmouth today.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Brown 59, Monmouth 55
11/22 10:37:18 ET