College Basketball Nation: Taylor Brown

Behind the box scores: Sunday's games

February, 13, 2012
A scan of the college basketball box scores each night guarantees all kinds of statistical oddities and standout performances. Here are some we found from Sunday:

Iona 83, Marist 74
Iona’s Scott Machado recorded his first career triple-double (10 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) and the 10th in Division I this season. Nakiea Miller (March 5, 2000) is the only other player in Iona history to accomplish the feat.

LIU-Brooklyn 81, Saint Francis (NY) 78
LIU’s Jamal Olasewere made all 11 of his field goal attempts in the win, tying Vermont’s Luke Apfeld (Dec. 23 vs. Towson) for the most made field goals without a miss in a game this season.

Wright State 70, Milwaukee 46
Wright State collected just one offensive rebound, becoming the sixth team this season to win a game with one or fewer offensive boards. The Raiders are the only team to win such a game as well as lose to a team with a one or fewer offensive rebounds (Feb. 4 at Valparaiso).

Missouri State 64, Bradley 53
Bradley’s Taylor Brown missed all 11 of his field goal attempts in the loss, tying him for the third-most misses without a make in a game this season.

Bradley forward returns from cardiac issue

September, 21, 2011
Bradley forward Taylor Brown has been cleared to participate in all team activities after sitting out all of last season while undergoing months of medical evaluations, the school announced Wednesday.

Brown's return gives first-year coach Geno Ford a player who as a sophomore in 2009-10 averaged 13.5 points and 6.9 rebounds. Brown would have entered last season as the team's top rebounder, but it was announced last November that he would miss the season and need cardiac testing that would require a three-month rest period for proper evaluation.

Brown had been cleared for light workouts in June after a seven months of inactivity, and now he is able to prepare for the season.

"We welcome Taylor back to the court," Ford said in a statement. "He has been through a difficult experience and we are happy that he is able to rejoin his teammates on the floor and compete for Bradley."

Brown has worked with a Bradley professor to produce a documentary entitled "90 Days," which will chronicle his year away from the game.

It was an uncertain time because last October, the death of Bradley baseball player Phil Kaiser due to an undiagnosed heart condition caused the school to review the heath statuses of all of its athletes. Doctors determined that Brown needed additional evaluation before he was cleared.

Without one of its best players, Bradley won only 12 games and tied for last in the Missouri Valley Conference. Coach Jim Les was fired following the season, and point guard Sam Maniscalco decided to transfer to Illinois for his senior season.

That left Ford with only one of the Braves' top four scorers returning, but now after Brown sits out the team's Oct. 18 scrimmage due to a violation of team rules, he'll have the 6-foot-6 senior back in the fold.