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Jamel Thomas scores 16 points in Friars victory.
Nov. 25, 1997

Friars Double up on Brown Bears, 67-33

Jamel Thomas Leads Friars to Second Win

PROVIDENCE, R.I--Jamel Thomas scored a game high 16 points and added ten rebounds as the Providence College Friars shook off a slow start to down the Brown University Bears, 67-33, at the Providence Civic Center on Tuesday night.

Thomas got help from freshmen teammates, Erron Maxey and John Linehan, as they added 11 and ten points respectively. Freshman Ben Perkins pulled down 11 rebounds to lead PC in that department for the second game in a row. Paul Krasinski and Oggie Kapetanovic led Brown with six points each.

The 33 points was the fewest the Friars have given up in a game since December 5, 1992 when PC downed New Hampshire, 56-27. Brown's 13 second half points was just one off the mark that UNH had when the Wildcats scored just 12 in the first half of that game.

The win improves Providence to 2-0 on the year while Brown falls to 2-2 overall. The win was PC's sixth in a row against Brown and the 16th in the last 17 meetings.

The first half saw the Friars come out as cold as ice, hitting just 29.6% of their shots on the way to a 26-20 halftime lead. PC trailed by as many as seven in the first half, 16-9 with 8:42 left, but never got off the game plan and kept banging the boards on the way to a six-point halftime lead.

A three-point shot by Brown's Kamal Rountree gave the Bears that lead, but they would score just four more points in the half and just 17 in the game. Jamel Thomas made five of six free throws in a 4:04 stretch and Corey Wright added a three-point bomb to put PC ahead at 19-18, a lead the Friars never gave up.

As cold as PC was in the first half, they were just as hot to start the second stanza. Four three-pointers (three by Thomas and one by Perkins) opened a 21 point lead, 48-27, with 8:10 left in the game.

At that point, Maxey finally got a chance to show what he can do. He scored 11 points on the night with three rebounds in just nine minutes of play and helped get the lead to as much as 37 with 33 seconds left in the game. The Friars shot 58.3% in the second half (43.1% for the game) on the way to their second win of the season.

Kendrick Moore chipped in six points, seven rebounds and three steals in his best game of the season. T.J. McKenzie played nine minutes in his first action of the year and despite not scoring, he managed to pull down five rebounds in nine minutes of playing time.

PC has now beaten Brown six in a row and in 16 of the last 17 meetings. The Friars open the BIG EAST schedule on Sunday, November 30th when they host the Boston College Eagles. Game time at the Providence Civic Center is 7:00 p.m.

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