March 8, 2011
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Providence College men's basketball team saw its season come to a close on Tuesday, March 8, falling, 87-66, to Marquette in the 2011 BIG EAST Men's Basketball Championship at Madison Square Garden.
First team All-BIG EAST performer Marshon Brooks (Stone Mountain, Ga.) reached the 20-point mark for the 27th time this season. The senior guard scored 20 points in his final game in a Friar uniform. Brooks finished his career with 1,629 points, placing him ninth on Providence's all-time scoring list.
Sophomore guard Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y) did his best to keep the Friars in it while playing in front of his hometown fans, scoring 21 points while adding seven assists. Fellow sophomore guard Gerard Coleman (Boston, Mass.) chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds.
Marquette was led by 23 points from Darius Johnson-Odom, while Jimmy Butler just missed a triple-double, with 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
The Friars struggled at the outset, not scoring their first basket until the 14:31 mark, at which point the Golden Eagles had gone on a 17-0 run to open the game. PC missed its first 11 field goals. PC used a 16-5 run to close the half and pull within 47-33, thanks to three 3-pointers by Council in the final 1:27 of the period.
The strong shooting continued into the second half, as the Friars were as close as nine points on a few occasions, before Marquette used a strong offensive performance on the offensive glass to pull away. The Golden Eagles grabbed 16 offensive rebounds, while out-rebounding PC by a total of 53-37.
The Friars close the season with an overall record of 15-17. The Golden Eagles improve to 19-13 and advance to play West Virginia tomorrow at 9:00 p.m.
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