Providence Tops Cold Shooting Brown, 80-49

Providence Tops Cold Shooting Brown, 80-49

Providence, Rhode Island - After beating URI last week, Brown was looking to earn a win over a Rhode Island opponent for the third time this season.  Unfortunately, the Providence Friars had other thoughts.  Friars' guard Vincent Council scored a game high 21 points to lead Providence to an 80-49 win over the Bears at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.  The win extends the Friars record to 7-2 overall, while Brown falls to 4-6 overall.


The difference in the game came in the paint, where the Friars out-scored the Bears and their depleted front line by a 42-12 margin inside the lane. Providence connected on 33 of 66 field goals (50-percent), while Brown shot just 29-percent from the field (16 of 55).


Brown junior forward Andrew McCarthy was once again the standout player for the Bears, scoring 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds.  Junior captain Matt Sullivan also scored in double figures, chipping in with 10 points.


Council just missed a triple-double for Providence, scoring 20 points, handing out 11 assists and grabbing nine rebounds.  Three more Friars scored in double figures, LaDonte Henton with 19 points and nine rebounds, Bryce Cotton with 19 points, and Gerald Coleman, who added 10 points.


The Bears got off to a poor shooting start, falling behind from the outset, 15-2, after connecting on just one of their first six nine shots. 


Sullivan connected on back-to-back treys to get the Bears back in the game, 15-8, with 11:50 left in the half.


The shooting woes continued for the Bears for the remainder of the half, connecting on just 7 of 32 field goals overall, to trail at intermission, 34-19.


Brown returns home to the Pizzitola Sports Center on Wednesday, December 7, to host New Hampshire in a 7:30 p.m. start.