Providence, R.I. - Brown had its four-game winning streak snapped by Providence College Tuesday evening at the Dunkin Donuts Center, digging an early hole before falling to the Friars, 95-57.
The Bears fall to 5-5 overall, while Providence improves to 7-2 overall.
"Our lack of defense for 40 minutes didn't show the progress I thought we were making," said Brown head coach Mike Martin. "We did some good things, but I thought we didn't share the ball the way we want to. We've been susceptible to runs all season that lead to easy transition baskets. "
Sophomore forward Obi Okolie (Ajax, Ontario) led the Bears with 16 points, connecting on 6-of-12 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws. He also grabbed a team-high four rebounds.
Junior Emmitt Holt was the story of the evening for the Friars, connecting on his first nine shots from the field to score a game high 20 points, hitting 9-of-10 field goals overall. Junior Jalen Lindsey had 16 points and junior Rodney Bullock scored 16 points and grabbed a game high eight rebounds.
Providence out-rebounded the Bears by a 37-27 margin and shot a sizzling 61-percent from the field (37-of-60), including 14-of-27 from beyond the three-point arc (52-percent), while holding the Bears to 37-percent shooting (19-of-51) overall.
The Friars jumped out to a 20-3 lead in the opening seven minutes, using a host of treys and inside scoring, capped off by a Lindsey trey at the 13:12 mark.
Providence kept up its offensive pressure and stifling defense and grabbed a 50-18 lead at the half behind 66-percent shooting (21-of-32) from the field. Holt's 16 points on perfect 7-of-7 first half shooting paced the Friars.
The closest Brown got to the Friars in the second half was 30 points, 68-38, following a three-point play by Fuller.
Brown returns home on Friday, December 9, hosting Emerson in a 7:00 pm start at the Pizzitola Sports Center.