PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Heading into their game against Brown, Providence planned to play up-tempo basketball, using its athleticism against the Ivy League university from across town.
The plan paid off.
Providence opened its 80-49 blowout withn a 15-2 run.
"The game plan was to speed them up," said Vincent Council, who led the Friars with 21 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds. "We knew that if we pushed the ball we could get easy buckets."
The Friars (6-2) forced eight turnovers, had six blocks and held the Bears to 21.9 percent shooting in the first half (7 of 32). The Bears finished the game shooting 29.1 percent (16 of 55) and were led by Andrew McCarthy, who had 12 points and seven rebounds.
LaDontae Henton - who is averaging 18 points and nine rebounds over the last three games - finished with 19 points and nine rebounds against Brown.
Sean McGonagill, who had led the Bears (4-6) with 13.9 points per game heading into the matchup, scored only seven points against the Friars.
"I knew that was the key to winning this game, was to shut him down," said Council, who guarded McGonagill.
The game was the second straight loss to a major-conference team for the Bears, who were drubbed 75-54 by Iowa on Saturday. Brown had defeated the Atlantic 10's Rhode Island (1-7) the previous Wednesday.
"When URI lost to Brown, that was a wake-up call for us in practice," Council said.
Brown scored only two points on 1-of-10 shooting in the first 7:54.
Matt Sullivan, who finished with 10 points, hit back-to-back jumpers to start a 17-14 Brown run heading into the final minutes of the half. But after a dunk and 3-pointer, the Friars went into the locker rooms ahead 34-19.
The Bears shot 39.1 percent in the second half (9 of 23) but did not close the deficit. The Friars, who shot 53.1 percent after halftime (17 of 32), continued to pour on points - especially once the Bears put in their reserves.
After the game, Providence coach Ed Cooley announced that Kiwi Gardner had been ruled ineligible by the NCAA and would not be allowed to practice or play for the rest of the season.
Gardner, a freshman point guard from Oakland, Calif., was initially suspended before the season but had been cleared to practice while the ruling was under appeal.
"I feel bad for Kiwi," Cooley said. "All I know is he's not going to be in the uniform that we desperately need."