Dec. 5, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - - The Providence men's basketball team (7-2) knocked off crosstown rival Brown, 80-49, on Monday night at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Junior Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) poured in a game-high 21 points and had 11 assists. He was one of four PC players to score in double figures.
Providence began the game on a 15-2 run and never looked back. The Friars never trailed. Council almost single-handedly outscored Brown in the first half as he totaled 15 points and the Friars held a 34-19 lead.
Freshman LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.), who was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week earlier in the day, poured in a career-high 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Sophomore Bryce Cotton (Tuscon, Ariz.) scored 19 points in just 28 minutes. Sophomore Gerard Coleman (Boston, Mass.), who made his third straight start, added 10 points.
With the win, Providence extended its nonconference home winning streak to 16 straight. The streak started on Dec. 21, 2009. The Friars also improved to 6-0 when leading at the half.
The Friars improved to 3-0 this year versus New England opponents and 642-291 all-time. Providence also held its opponent to less than 50 points for the first time since Nov. 27, 2007 when the Friars beat Maine, 78-48.
Providence shot 50-percent from the field and held Brown to 29.1-percent.
The Friars are in the midst of a four-game homestand and return to action on Thursday, Dec. 8 against Boston College. The game will be on ESPN3 at 7 p.m. ET.
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