Nov. 18, 2008
Providence, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team (1-1) earned its first win of the 2008-09 season, defeating Dartmouth College (0-2) by the score of 100-82 on Tuesday, November 18 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The win also was the first at Providence for Head Coach Keno Davis. Seven Friars scored 10 or more points in the game, marking the first time PC has had six or more players in double figures since January 2007 against Connecticut. Sophomore Marshon Brooks (Stone Mountain, Ga.) led Providence with a career-best 18 points and pulled down a career-high seven rebounds.
The Friars never trailed in the contest en route to the victory.
Providence opened the game on a 19-5 run, due in part to an effective full court press that forced five Dartmouth turnovers. A three-point play by Randall Hanke (New York, N.Y.) on a feed from Sharaud Curry (Gainesville, Ga.) made the score 31-19 with 7:26 to go in the first half. Behind 48.4 percent shooting, PC entered intermission holding a 46-36 advantage. Senior Jeff Xavier (Pawtucket, R.I.) led the Friars with 11 points and contributed four rebounds in the half.
Brian McKenzie (Brooklyn, N.Y.) opened the second half strong for the Friars, posting five quick points as PC took a 62-46 lead with 14:54 to go. An electric dunk by Brooks off a missed free throw made it 79-64 at the 8:43 mark. On the next Friar possession, Brooks hit a 3-pointer and was fouled, completing the four-point play to put the score at 83-66. The Big Green couldn't come back from the large deficit and the Friars held on for the first win of the Keno Davis era.
Providence was aggressive around the basket throughout the contest, outshooting Dartmouth 46 to 14 from the free throw line. The 100 points scored by the Friars marked the first time Dartmouth has given up 100 points in a game since 2002 against Penn. The last time the Friars scored 100 points was against Florida State on Dec. 22, 2007.
Senior Alex Barnett paced the Big Green with 28 points and five rebounds on the night.
The Friars play two more games this week, starting with a 7:00 p.m. contest against Sacred Heart on Thursday, November 20. On Saturday, November 22, PC squares off with Maine at 2:00 p.m. Both contests will be played at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I.
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