Dec. 9, 2007
Providence, RI - Brown came into Sunday night's game against Providence looking for its second straight win over the Friars. The last time the Bears won back-to-back games over the Friars was over 50 years ago. After a closely contested first half, Providence (6-3) caught fire midway through the second half to come away with a 70-51 victory over the Bears (5-4) at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
Brown trailed for most of the first half and pulled to within four points of the Friars, 26-22, on a lay-up by junior Chris Skrelja with 4:15 left in the half. The Friars answered with a 9-3 run to grab a 35-25 lead at the half.
The Bears cut the Providence lead to six points, trailing 37-31, on a three-point play by MacDonald with 18:11 remaining in the game. But the Friars outscored the Bears 23-12 over the next 10 minutes to take control of the game, 60-43 with 8:49 left to play on a trey by Brian McKenzie.
Senior Damon Huffman scored eight points for the Bears and moved into 20th place on Brown's all-time scoring list, now with 967 career points, moving past Gene Barth who scored 961 points for the Bears from 1960-1963. Skrelja scored seven points and grabbed a team best seven rebounds, while sophomore Matt Mullery came off the bench to score five points, grab four rebounds and block two shots.
Three Providence players scored 13 points each, Mckenzie, Jamine Peterson and Randall Hanke, while Geoff McDermott pulled down a game high 11 rebounds.
Brown breaks for semester exams and return to the hardwood on December 22nd against Hartford, beginning at 11:00 a.m.