Minnesota Faces Brown Saturday At Home

Minnesota hopes to bounce back from a three-game losing streak as they return home Saturday against to face Ivy League opponent Brown. The Bears return three starters from a team that finished 9-19 overall and 3-11 in conference play. Brown is off to a 4-5 start this season, after losing to Holy Cross 85-79 in overtime Wednesday night. The Gophers will welcome back Devron Bostick from suspension.

The Bears are led by two double figure scorers in Matt Mullery, a 6-8, 235-pound senior and Peter Sullivan, a 6-5, 210-pound junior. Mullery averaged 16.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last year and has scored in double figures in all nine games this season. He has scored 20 or more points in four of the past five games. Mullery was named first team All-Ivy last year and set a school record for blocked shots with 59 blocks. He led Ivy League in field goal percentage (.606) and blocked shots (2.1 per game). Sullivan scored a season-best 28 points in the loss to Holy Cross and is averaging 14.3 points.

His younger brother Matt, a 6-6, 205-pounder, is third on the team in scoring with 8.7 points per game. He is one of three freshmen among the Bears' top six. Tucker Halpern, a 6-8, 215-pounder, is averaging 6.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game and Andrew McCarthy, a 6-8, 205-pounder who redshirted last season with a back injury, is averaging 7.8 points and 5.3 caroms. Six-foot-1 guard Adrian Williams, who averaged 11.0 points last season, has gotten off to a slow start as he is shooting just 25.8% from the field and is contributing 5.1 points.

Head coach Jesse Agel is entering his second year with the program after replacing Craig Robinson, who won 19 games and led the Bears to the postseason CBI Tournament. Robinson, who is Barack Obama's brother-in-law, moved on to become the head coach at Oregon State.

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