Nov. 20, 2008
Providence, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team (2-1) beat Sacred Heart (0-2) by a score of 111-87 on Thursday, November 20 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Sophomore Marshon Brooks (Stone Mountain, Ga.) led Providence with a career-best 30 points and posted a career-high five steals.
With the Friars' 100-82 win versus Dartmouth on Tuesday, it marks the first time since the 1990-91 season that Providence has scored 100 or more points in back-to-back games.
Behind eight early points from Brooks, the Friars led 18-16 10 minutes into the game. A three-pointer and breakaway layup on consecutive possessions by senior Jeff Xavier (Pawtucket, R.I.) gave the Friars a 30-23 advantage with 7:55 remaining in the game. The sequence ignited a 12-0 run by Providence over the next 1:29 that helped the Friars build a 55-39 lead at the break. Brooks was the go-to-guy throughout the period and the sophomore drilled a three-pointer at the buzzer to increase his halftime total to 24 points.
Providence opened the second half with a 13-4 run and led 68-43 with 16:48 to go. The Friars found their three-point touch in the period, hitting 6-of-13 attempts. For the game, PC shot a solid 43.3 percent from three-point territory. The full court press once again paid dividends for the Friars, as the team recorded 15 steals for the first time since November 16, 2007 against Arkansas. Senior Geoff McDermott (New Rochelle, N.Y.) added 13 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.
Joey Henley led Sacred Heart with 18 points and four rebounds.
The Friars end their week with a 2:00 p.m. matinee against Maine on Saturday, November 22 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
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