Friars Roll Back Tide To Win 10th Game

PC News Release:

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College men's basketball team (10-2) was led by 33 points from senior guard Marshon Brooks (Stone Mountain, Ga.), en route to a defeat of Alabama 82-70 on Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

Brooks added eight rebounds to his 33-point output. Freshman guard Gerard Coleman (Boston, Mass.) added a season-high 18 points and six rebounds. Sophomore center Bilal Dixon (Jersey City, N.J.) grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Alabama was led by sophomore forward Tony Mitchell, who scored 20 points. Junior forward JaMychal Green recorded a double-double, with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Tide.

The game was even through the first part of the second half, before a 9-0 Providence run erased a 61-59 Alabama lead. The Friars would lead 68-61 at the end of the run, which was led by six points from Brooks, and never look back. The Friar defense would hold Alabama to nine points over the final nine minutes of the game.

After the run, the teams traded three-pointers before Duke Mondy drilled another three and Dixon made a tip-in to put the Friars up 76-64 at the final media timeout, with 3:08 remaining in the contest. Brooks free throws after the timeout pushed the Providence lead to 78-64.

With PC trailing, 22-15, midway through the first half, the Friars went on an 11-0 run to take a 26-22 lead. The run started with a Brooks three-pointer, followed by a layup by Coleman, four-straight free throws by Brooks and another Coleman layup to cap the stretch. Alabama ended the run with a bang, as JaMychal Green slammed home an alley-oop from Senario Hillman to pull the Tide back within two, 26-24. Play remained even through out the remainder of the period and the teams went to the break tied, 40-40.

There were 12 ties and six lead changes.

The Friars break for exams before returning to the court on Tuesday, December 21, when they host Scared Heart in their final nonconference game of the season. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.