March 5, 2011
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Senior Marshon Brooks (Stone Mountain, Ga.) banked in a runner in the lane with 13 seconds remaining which propelled the Providence College men's basketball team (15-16; 4-14 BIG EAST) to a 75-74 victory over Rutgers on Senior Day at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
Brooks finished the game with a game-high 28 points and in the process became the all-time BIG EAST single season scoring leader, surpassing Connecticut's Donyell Marshall's previous mark of 462 points.
In addition to scoring 20 points-or-more for the 25th time this season, Brooks also led the Friars with seven rebounds, five assists and three blocks.
Sophomore Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and freshman Gerard Coleman (Boston, Mass.) also finished in double figures as they each chipped in with 15 points apiece.
The Friars outscored the Scarlet Knights 42-36 in the second half. PC trailed by 13 points at the 11:50 marks of the second half following a 13-7 push by Rutgers, which made the count 60-47.
Over the final 11:50, PC went on to outscore the Scarlet Knights 28-14. The Friars did not take the lead in the second until Brooks' runner in the lane. PC tied the game at 73 apiece with a 1:14 thanks to a 3-pointer from the corner by Bryce Cotton.
Coming into tonight's game, PC was 0-15 when trailing with five minutes to go. The Friars were also just 3-14 entering tonight's game when trailing at the half.
In the first half, Rutgers took a 38-33 lead into the locker room. No team lead by more than five points in the opening 20 minutes and there were 12 lead changes.
The Friars return to action on Tuesday as they take on Marquette in the First Round of the BIG EAST Championship at Madison Square Garden. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m.