Dec 28, 2001
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Jason Forte scored 22 points and Brown used a 23-9 run late in the game Friday night to pull away for a 91-76 victory over Rhode Island.
Brown (7-2) led 62-60 with 10:51 to play, but went on the 23-9 run over the next 6:52. Mike Martin capped the run with a 3-pointer to give the Bears an 85-69 lead with four minutes to play. Forte, a freshman point guard who was 9 of 11 from the field, had seven points in the run.
Alai Nuualiitia had 20 points for the Bears and Earl Hunt added 18.
Troy Wiley led Rhode Island (4-7) with 25 points and Dustin Hellenga went 5 for 10 from 3-point range for 20 points.
The Bears took a 29-18 lead to open the game, but the Rams went on a 21-9 run, paced by Wiley with eight points, for a 39-38 lead with 2:16 to play in the first half.
Nuualiitia's 3-pointer and two free throws by Hunt gave Brown a 43-40 halftime lead.
The victory was Brown's first against the Rams since 1993. The Bears also beat Providence this season, giving them their first sweep of their two in-state Division 1 rivals since the 1953-54 season.