Nov. 6, 2010
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team was tested by one of the top Division II teams in the nation on Saturday night at the Dunkin' Donuts Center, before pulling away for a 83-76 victory over Bentley University.
The Falcons, who made the national semifinals of last season's NCAA Division II Tournament, gave the Friars all they could handle. 27 points from Friar senior Marshon Brooks (Stone Mountain, Ga.) helped Providence secure the victory. Brooks recorded a double-double, adding 15 rebounds. Sophomore Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 17 points and four assists.
Bentley was led by the tandem of Tom Dowling and Brian Tracey, who scored 27 and 24 points, respectively. Dowling added six rebounds, while Tracey picked up five.
The Falcons threw everything they had at Providence early. Bentley's biggest lead came at 9:35 of the first half when Dowling hit a three to put his team up 23-15. Brooks responded with a three and it remained tight through most the half. The Friars led 45-38 at the break.
The Friars were unable to pull away and it was a one-possession game, 77-74, with just over a minute left, when Council drained a pair of free throws to push the Friar lead to five, 79-74. That was followed by Brooks blocking a Tracey layup to give the Friars the ball and a five-point lead with 40 seconds remaining. Council stepped back to the line and nailed two more free throws to push the lead to 81-74.
The Falcons would not quit, as Dowling made a layup to get Bentley back within five. Sophomore Duke Mondy (Grand Rapids, Mich.) stepped to the line and hit one-of-two free throws and Dowling missed a three-point attempt, essentially sealing the win for Providence. The Friars went on to secure an 83-76 victory.
Depth was a factor in the game, as the PC bench outscored Bentley's reserves 25-14. Offensive rebounds were the other key factor, as the Friars pulled down 17 offensive boards and picked up 16 second-chance points.
The Friars open up the 2010-11 regular season next Saturday, November 13 when they host Dartmouth. Tipoff at the Dunkin' Donuts Center is set for 7:00 p.m.
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