Bears Toppled By Friars, 79-63

Jan. 3, 2005

Box Score

Providence, Rhode Island -

Providence College utilized a decided height advantage to out-rebound the Bears by a 50-33 margin in a 79-63 victory by the Friars over the Bears at the Dunkin Donuts Center. The loss drops Brown to 6-6 overall while Providence extended its record to 9-4.

With the game tied, 24-24, with 8:26 remaining in the first half, Providence outscored the Bears by an 18-5 margin to grab a 42-29 halftime lead.

The Friars led by as many as 24 points in the second half, 75-51, with 4:26 left to play. The Bears came roaring back with five freshmen on the court and pulled to within 12 points of the Friars, 75-63, on a three-point basket by freshman Mark McAndrew.

Brown was led by junior forward Luke Ruscoe, who scored 12 points and pulled down a team high 5 rebounds. Senior Jason Forte netted 9 points, while McAndrew and sophomore Sam Manhanga tossed in eight points each. Freshman Damon Huffman scored 7 points and had a team high 4 steals.

The Friars were led by All-American Ryan Gomes, who scored 24 points, and grabbed 15 rebounds.

The Bears will be on the road again for the fourth of 10 straight games away from home on Thursday against Canisius in Buffalo, New York. Game time is 12:00 noon.