Powers, Martin Lead Brown To 79-58 Win Over Central Connecticut

Jan. 9, 2004

Providence, RI - Seniors Patrick Powers and Mike Martin each scored 18 points as Brown coasted to a 79-58 victory over Central Connecticut State on Friday evening.

All five starters for the Bears reached double figures, as the team connected on 32-of-57 field goal attempts (56.1%). Meanwhile, the Blue Devils struggled all night to score points, shooting 38.3% from the field and 46.2% from the free throw line.

The Bears set the tone early, jumping out to a 14-2 lead to start the game. While the Blue Devils cut the lead to 14-8 by sinking back-to-back three pointers, the Bears scored six straight points of their own to maintain a 12-point advantage with 6:56 left in the half.

CCSU pulled no closer than within six points, as T. Ron Christy scored on a wide-open 3-pointer with 4:47 to play in the half, cutting Brown's lead to 23-17. The Bears responded by closing out the half with a 15-5 run, capped off by Jason Forte's steal and layup with no time remaining, sending the team into the locker room up 38-22.

Brown's dominance continued in the second period. The Bears scored four 3-pointers in the initial six minutes of the half and opened up a 58-28 lead with 13:28 remaining in the game. As Brown's starters eventually gave way to the reserves, CCSU was able to chisel away at the deficit, led by Christy, who scored nine of his team-high 12 points in the second half. The Blue Devils drew no closer, however, than the 21-point margin at the end of the game.

Luke Ruscoe scored 17 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Bears (4-9), while Forte netted 11 points and senior Jaime Kilburn added 10 points. Forward Ron Robinson contributed 11 points for the Blue Devils (3-4).