Providence, R.I. – Coach Mike Martin's Brown men's basketball team came into the Dunkin' Donuts Center looking for its second straight upset of Providence College, and Bears' junior All-Ivy guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, IL) nearly pulled it off. Trailing the Friars by five points with time running out, McGongill knocked down a trey with nine seconds remaining, stole the inbounds pass and had a good look at a trey that just fell off the front rim as Brown's rally fell short in a 73-69 loss to Providence Wednesday evening.
"I anticipated and jumped the inbound pass," said McGonagill, "and thought I had a great look at the hoop."
McGonagill scored 14 of his game high 21 points in the second half as the Bears rallied from a 44-30 halftime deficit to lead by as many as three points in the second half. He also grabbed a team high five rebounds and handed out four assists.
"We're not here to play close games," said Martin. "We're here to win and I'm disappointed with the outcome. Providence is a good team and it shows everyone that you have to play 40-minutes of basketball in instead of just 20-minutes."
Bears' sophomore forward Cedric Kuakumensah (Worcester, MA) scored 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field, while pulling down four rebounds and blocking three shots. Bears' junior forward Dockery Walker (Magnolia, DE), who missed all of last season due to injury, also scored in double figures with 11 points.
The Friars were led by Tyler Harris, who scored 21 points, and Kadeem Batts with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Brown trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half, but battled back to tie the game, 58-58, on two free throws by Kuakumensah with just over eight minutes left to play.
Brown grabbed its first lead, 60-58, on a lay-up by junior forward Rafael Maia (Sao PAulo, Brazil) with 6:15 remaining in the game. The Friars answered quickly to tie the game at 60-60.
A trey on a step-back by McGonagill gave the Bears a three point advantage, 63-60, but three straight points by Batts tied the game once again, 63-63.
Another long McGonagill trey put the Bears up, 66-63, but this time LaDonte Henton answered for the Friars with a trey to tie the game, 66-66, with 2:24 left to play.
Providence took the lead for good on a trey by Josh Fortune with 36 seconds remaining, his only basket of the game.
Ice cold shooting put the Bears in an early 22-6 hole with 11:21 left in the opening half after hitting just three of their first 14 shots from the field.
The hibernation ended with a 10-2 Brown run that got the Bears back in the game, trailing 24-16 on a basket by freshman Tavon Blackmon with 7:39 left in the opening 20 minutes.
The Bears trailed 44-30 at the half with McGonagill scoring seven points for the Bears and Tyler Harris netting 13 points for the Friars.
McGonagill cut the PC lead to eight points, 54-46, on a trey from the left side with 14:08 left in the game.
The momentum stayed in Brown's favor and the Bears pulled to within three points of the Friars, 56-53, on a basket by sophomore Cedric Kuakumensah with 11minutes remaining. Kuakumensah tied the game, 58-58, on two free throws with 8:58 left in the game.
Brown is back in action again on Saturday, November 16, traveling to Fairfield, Connecticut to face Sacred Heart. Game time is 2:00 pm at the William H. Pitt Center.