Providence, R.I. – Junior guard Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD) scored 20 points and senior forward Cedric Kuakumensah (Worcester, MA) added 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead Brown (4-7) to an 81-73 non-league win over Bethune-Cookman (4-9) at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
Blackmon, the Ivy League assist leader, had his 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, including 3-of-4 from beyond the three-point arc. He handed out four assists.
"I'm happy with the win," said Brown head coach Mike Martin. "That's a talented team, who puts up shots with an extreme degree of difficulty. They made some incredible shots. We really moved the ball well against their full-court pressure defense with 22 assists on 28 field goals."
Kuakumensah, the Ivy league's all-time career shot blocker, posted his sixth double-double of the season and added four assists and four blocked shots. Junior guard JR Hobbie (Spring Lake, NJ) scored most of his points on treys, scoring 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting, while adding a free throw. Sophomore guard Jason Massey (Cooper City, FL) also contributed with nine points and a career high six assists.
The Bears received some excellent production from its bench with freshman forward Obi Okolie (Ajax, Ontario) leading the way with a career high 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting in his second game of the season. Coming off an injury, Okolie hadn't seen significant game action in over two years.
The Wildcats were paced by Jordan Potts and Diamante Lewis, who seach cored 24 points, while Ricky Johnson chipped in with 12 points. Bethune-Cookman had just four assists on 28 field goals.
Brown never trailed in the game and led by as many as nine points in the opening 20 minutes, 28-19, following a conventional three-point play by Kuakumensah with 5:16 left, before settling on a 36-29 advantage at intermission.
A 12-1 run to open the second half gave the Bears an 18 point lead, 48-30, with 16:49 left in the game. Blackmon sparked the spurt with six points.
The Wildcats came storming back and pulled to within four points, 62-58, with just under seven minutes left on a three-point play by Quinton Forrest.
Blackmon got the Bears back on track with eight of Brown's next 10 points. His eight points, coupled by an Okolie lay-up, put the Bears back up by 12 points, 74-62.
The Bears are back in action at home on Wednesday, December 30, hosting Rhode Island in the 157th meeting between the Ocean State universities. Tip-off is 7:00 pm at the Pizzitola Sports Center in a game televised by ESPN3.