Providence, Rhode Island - Marshon Brooks scored 33 points to lead a second half Providence surge, as the Friars came away with a 91-64 win over Brown at the Dunkin Donuts Center in the 117th meeting between the two Providence schools. The loss drops Brown to 4-4 on the season, while Providence extended its record to 9-1 overall.
An evenly played first half had eight lead changes and finished with the Friars holding a 39-34 advantage. A barrage of treys at the beginning of the second half gave Providence control of the game, pulling out to a 62-39 lead to open the second following a long trey by Duke Mondy with 15 minutes remaining.
Bears senior Garrett Leffelman was the offensive star for the Bears, scoring 17 first half points on his way to a career high 22 points. Leffelman connected on 9 of 14 field goals, including 4 of 6 from behind the three-point arc.
Freshman Sean McGonagill also scored in double figures for the Bears, netting 12 points and handing out five assists in 40 minutes of play. Sophomore Tucker Halpern had nine points, while freshman Dockery Walker registered a career high eight points and three rebounds.
The Bears built an early 16-12 lead over the Friars following a three-point basket by Halpern with 13:31 left in the first half. Providence held the Bears scoreless for the next six minutes, outscoring Brown, 11-0, to pull ahead, 23-16.
Brown answered with its own spurt, outscoring the Friars 15-0 to grab a 31-23 advantage with 4:05 remaining in the half. Leffelman had eight of the 13 points to put the Bears in the lead.
The Friars came back to end the half with a 16-3 run to pull ahead, 39-34, at intermision.
Providence won the battle of the backboard, out-rebounding the Bears by a 45-27 margin. Friars' guard Vincent Council tied a PC record with 16 assists, while adding 19 points.
After a 15-day break for final exams, the Bears return to the hardwood on Tuesday, December 21, hosting Army at the Pizzitola Sports Center, starting at 7:00 p.m.
Pictured: Garrett Leffelman '11. photo by dspics.com