PROVIDENCE, R.I. – All things considered, Brown could certainly be worse off than their 3-3 record after Thursday night’s 69-56 win over Sacred Heart, the first home win for new head coach Mike Martin. It wasn’t a very memorable win since the Pioneers were short-handed, but so were the Bears, and the game had to be played nonetheless. It was, however, an impressive show of what this team might be this season.
Brown shot just 35 percent from the field, including 10-36 from long range. Those aren’t numbers Martin is hoping to see often, and few coaches would feel like their team can win a lot of games with those numbers. In part, the large number of three-point attempts can be attributed to Sacred Heart playing a lot of zone defense, but the Bears now have low-post scoring threats that should allow them to not have to live and die by the jump shot.