Morgan State 55

(1-1, 1-1 away)

Providence 77

(3-0, 3-0 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 18, 2010

    Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island

    1 2 T
    MORG 25 3055
    PROV 29 4877

    Top Performers

    Morgan St: A. Brooks 13 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Providence: M. Brooks 22 Pts, 12 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Providence 77, Morgan St. 55

    Associated Press

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Marshon Brooks scored 22 points and pulled down 12 rebounds and freshman Kadeem Batts added 14 points as Providence pulled away late in a 77-55 victory over Morgan State on Thursday night.

    The double-digit performance was the first of the season for Batts, one of the nine freshmen who make the Friars (3-0) the Big East's youngest team.

    Vincent Council also contributed 14 points for Providence and Bilal Dixon added 12 rebounds.

    Kevin Thompson led Morgan State (1-1) with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

    Providence scored 35 points in the game's final 10 minutes.

    The Friars dug themselves into an early eight-point deficit when they answered the Bears' hot shooting by making only 3 of their first 17 attempts from the field.

    Timely substitutions by Providence coach Keno Davis brought in freshmen Bryce Cotton and Dre Evans, who contributed to a 13-0 run to regain the lead.

    Poor shooting returned early in the second half, as the Friars failed to capitalize on several uncontested shots, including a Gerard Coleman layup attempt at 16:07 in which the Providence guard mishandled the ball and then tripped over his own feet. The offensive miscues kept the game close, as Morgan State erased an eight-point deficit to tie the score at 42 midway through the second half.

    But a one-handed dunk by Batts, followed 24 seconds later by a three-point play from Brooks, spurred the Friars to a 14-4 run.

    Morgan State counted 11-of-13 free throws in the second half but made just one field goal in the game's final 7 minutes, and the Friars soon found themselves with a 12-point lead with 5 minutes to play.

    An acrobatic alley-oop from Coleman to Brooks provided the dagger with 3 minutes remaining, but the Friars added another in the game's final seconds, this time from Council to Cotton, a 5-9 guard who capped the Providence victory with a crowd-pleasing dunk.

    Providence, which set a Big East record last season for most points allowed per game, is the early Big East leader in points allowed per game and in field goal percentage allowed.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 55 77
    FG Made-Attempted 19-62 (.306) 28-71 (.394)
    3P Made-Attempted 1-9 (.111) 1-16 (.063)
    FT Made-Attempted 16-21 (.762) 20-28 (.714)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 22

    2010-11 Season

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