Providence, R.I. - Brown junior forward Tucker Halpern scored 28 points, including the game-winning trey with 7.3 seconds remaining, to rally Brown to a 69-68 win over Providence College at a sold-out Pizzitola Sports Center. It was the first game played on the Brown campus between the two teams in 30 years.
"This is a great win for our program as we continue to grow as a team," said Brown head coach Mike Martin. "Everyone on the team contributed – from number one through eight on the roster."
The Bears fell behind, 67-60, with 1:58 remaining following a lay-up by Kadeem Batts. Treys by junior Sean McGonagill and Halpern cut the Friars advantage to 67-66.
Vincent Council hit one of two free throws for Providence with 32 seconds left on the clock to give the Friars a 68-66 advantage.
With the game clock running down, McGonagill dished to Halpern in the left corner. Halpern grabbed the ball and pump faked the Friars' defender into the air before calmly nailing the three-point basket to give Brown the victory.
Council had a chance to win it for the Friars, but his three at the buzzer was off the mark.
"I knew I had a few steps on the defender and had a feeling he was going to fly by," said Halpern. "It was overwhelming for me to be able to come back after missing all of last season."
Halpern's 28 points came on 10 of 17 shooting from the field, including 8-of-15 from behind the three-point arc. His eight treys rank second in the Brown record book.
McGonagill had 13 points on 4 of 6 shooting from the field, while senior Matt Sullivan added 12 points. Brown's front line of sophomore Rafael Maia and freshman Cedric Kuakumensah gave the Bears an advantage on the backboards, as Brown out-rebounded the Friars by a 37-30 margin. Kuakumensah grabbed a game high 12 rebounds, while Maia pulled down 11 rebounds.
LaDonte Henton scored 37 points for the Friars, including 24 straight in the second half. He connected on 13-of-20 field goals, including 6-of-10 from behind the three point arc. His 37 points are the most by a visiting player at the Pizzitola Sports Center, breaking the mark of 36 points by Penn's Matt Maloney, an NBA All-Star, in 1995.
Brown came out firing on all cylinders and grabbed an early eight point lead, 15-7, following back-to-back treys by Halpern. The Friars eventually held a 34-31 lead at the half after 12 lead changes. Halpern's 13 first half points kept the game close for the Bears.
The Bears took the lead, 38-37, with 14:50 left in the game on a reverse lay-up by Kuakumensah. After three more lead changes, Sullivan put the Bears ahead by a 47-46 margin with 10 minutes left in the game.
Brown travels to Albany, New York, for a New Year's Eve match-up against Albany on Monday, December 31. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 pm.