Nov. 13, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team (2-0) defeated cross-town foe Brown 73-69 on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Sophomore Tyler Harris (Dix Hills, N.Y.) scored a career-high 21 points and shot 6-of-13 from the floor while senior Kadeem Batts (Boston, Mass.) recorded a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Providence improved its series record over Brown to 93-27.
With the score tied at 66 with under a minute to go, sophomore Josh Fortune (Hampton, Va.) hit a crucial 3-pointer, his only field goal of the game, to give Providence a 69-66 lead. Batts then added two free throws (71-66). Brown guard Sean McGonagill, who was 5-of-12 from beyond the arc, hit a 3-pointer to cut it to two, 71-69. Harris' free throws iced the game, producing a 73-69 final.
Holding a 44-30 lead at halftime, the Friars led by 16, 50-34 with 18:12 left.
Earlier in the contest, the Friars used a 16-0 run to jump out to a 20-4 lead seven minutes into the first half. Two Friars reached double digits in the half with Harris and junior LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) scoring 13 and 10, respectively. Providence shot 53-percent from the field and held Brown to 36-percent.
Henton finished the night with 15 points adding eight rebounds, going 4-for-8 from the floor and 2-for-3 from 3-point range.
McGonagill led all Brown scorers with 21 points (7-of-16 shooting). Cedric Kuakumensah scored 14 points and Dockery Walker chipped in 11.
With the win, Providence has won 28 straight non-conference games at home, dating back to Dec. 21, 2009 (a 87-78 win over Yale). The Friars longest non-conference win streak is 56 games that started on Feb. 13, 1971 and ended on Dec. 27, 1974.
The Friars play Marist on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The game is set to start at 4:00 p.m. and will air nationally on Fox Sports 2. For tickets, visit the tickets section of Friars.com or call 401-865-GOPC.
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