Jan. 9, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team was defeated by No. 7 Syracuse, 72-66, on Wednesday, Jan. 9 in front of 11,121 fans. There were 10 lead changes and nine tied moments during the back-and-forth battle.
Providence made strong defensive efforts in the first half, finding ways to slow down the Syracuse offense. Junior Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) made five three-point baskets during the half. Cotton missed just one shot during the half, scoring 17 points. This game marked the first time all season that Syracuse has been down at half. After six ties and five lead changes, Providence was up 33-30, and led by as many as nine points.
Syracuse had their first lead since 12:14 in the first half at 14:46 during the second, which was followed by four lead changes before the Orangemen pulled away with their largest lead of the game with nine points.
Syracuse entered the game averaging close to 80 points a game, and allowing opponents 57. In their poorest effort of the season, Syracuse shot just 14.3 percent from three-point range, while the Friars shot 50 percent from outside the arc. Syracuse junior C.J. Fair had a double-double in the win, leading the Orangemen with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
Cotton finished the game with 24 points. Sophomore LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) reached double digits for the 12th time this season with 10 points.
Providence will play their next game on the road against Seton Hall on Sunday, Jan. 13. The game is scheduled to start at noon, and will be televised on Cox/SNY.
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