Jan. 8, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team defeated Georgetown, 70-52, for its first BIG EAST win of the season on Wednesday night at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence. The victory was Friars' first win against Georgetown since a 68-65 victory on March 5, 2005 in Washington, D.C. Senior Kadeem Batts (Boston, Mass.) had a game-high 21 points. The Friars improved to 8-1 at home this season.
Providence (11-5, 1-2) shot 55 percent from 3-point range in the second half (6-of-11) to lead the team to the victory. Sophomore Josh Fortune (Hampton, Va.) hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Providence (11-5, 1-2 BIG EAST) a nine point lead with 13:40 left in the second half. His two 3-pointers helped start the Friars' 14-0 run and give Providence a 51-34 lead. Fortune went 4-for-4 shooting in the stanza. The Friars recorded eight blocks in the second half with junior Carson Desrosiers (Windham, N.H.) recording four. The Friars shot 45 percent (22-of-49) from the field for the game and held Georgetown to 40 percent from the floor (19-of-48).
In the first half the Friars carried a 28-23 lead into the break. Both teams struggled from the floor with Providence shooting 33 percent (9-of-27) and Georgetown (10-4, 2-1 BIG EAST) shooting 37 percent (10-of-27). Batts led the Friars with 11 points in the first half. Providence capitalized on turnovers, scoring 11 points off of Hoya miscues.
For the game, Providence scored 20 points off of Georgetown turnovers. Senior Bryce Cotton, who leads the BIG EAST in assists, tallied seven assists on the night, which was his BIG EAST career-high. The senior guard also reached the 20 point mark for the 10th time this season and 38th of his career. Four of the five Providence starters reached double-figures in scoring. Fortune led the Friars in rebounding, grabbing a career high nine boards.
The Friars will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7:00 p.m. when they travel to Jamaica, N.Y. to face BIG EAST rival St. John's at Alumni Hall on Fox Sports 1.
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