There was nothing pretty about Providence’s 73-69 win over Brown Wednesday night.
The Friars came out strong, getting Carson Desrosiers and Kadeem Batts going down low early, opening up shots for Tyler Harris, who netted a game-high 21 points.
Despite Brown forcing Bryce Cotton to be a non-factor, the Friars took a comfortable 44-30 lead into the half.
But maybe they were a little too comfortable.
Over the first 13 minutes of the second half, Brown, led by point guard Sean McGonagill, outscored the Friars 28-14 to tie the game 58-58.
Around the three minute mark, McGonagill nailed a three to give Brown a 66-63 lead, but LaDontae Henton, who was in foul trouble for much of the second half, answered back with a three of his own, tying the game once again.
That set up Josh Fortune to splash a three with less than a minute remaining, his only points of the night, to put the Friars up 69-66.
McGonagill stole the ball down by two with less than 10 seconds left, but it was a rare miss on a night where just about everything seemed to go in for him.
McGonagill led the way for the Bears, scoring 21 points, draining five three-pointers.
Batts chipped in with 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Friars, notching his first double-double of the season.
The Friars are now 2-0 and will host Marist at the Dunk on Saturday at 4 p.m.