Dec. 1, 2010
Northeastern Box Score in PDF Format
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men's basketball team picked up its third-consecutive win, defeating Northeastern, 77-72, on Wednesday, December 1, at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The Friars run their record to 7-1 on the season and remain a perfect 5-0 at home, while Northeastern falls to 2-3. It marks the best start for PC since the 2003-04 season, when the Friars won eight of their first nine contests.
Senior Marshon Brooks (Stone Mountain, Ga.) led the Friars, scoring a season-high 27 points and adding eight rebounds. Sophomore Bilal Dixon (Jersey City, N.J.) recorded his third double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore guard Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was also in double-figures, with 15 points, while adding eight rebounds and six assists.
The Huskies were led by Chaisson Allen, who notched 24 points and five rebounds. Joel Smith also had a solid night for Northeastern, recording 15 points, while Alex Harris also reached double-figures with 11 points.
PC took its first lead at 17:41 of the second half on a jumper by Kadeem Batts. After the Huskies got back out to a five-point lead, Brooks keyed a 10-2 Friar run midway through the frame, picking up a pair of blocks and a fast-break dunk that helped put Providence up, 55-51. The Friars would not relinquish the lead.
They would push the lead to seven with just over six minutes left on a Council three-pointer before a Dixon dunk forced Northeastern to call time out with 5:28 left, trailing 65-56.
The Huskies started out up-tempo on both ends of the floor, jumping out to a 16-7 lead and forcing PC Head Coach Keno Davis to take a timeout with 15:31 left in the first half. Northeastern kept it up into the first media timeout, leading 23-14 with 13:10 to go in the first, keyed by 9-of-11 shooting from the field, including 3-of-3 from beyond the three-point arc.
The Friars got back in the game before halftime, going on a 14-6 run over the last 6:46 of the period. Brooks hit a running layup as time expired to pull PC within two, 37-35 at the break.
The Friars return to the court this Saturday, December 4, when they host intrastate rival Rhode Island at 4:00 p.m. at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Tickets are still available by calling (401) 865-GOPC.