Jan. 16, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. - The Providence College Friars (12-5, 2-2) earned an 84-83 double overtime win at St. John's on Thursday, January 16. Senior Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) made a layup with nine seconds left in the second overtime for what proved to be the winning basket. Cotton finished with a game-high 21 points to help the Friars earn their first double overtime win ever in BIG EAST play.
The Friars led, 36-29, after 20 minutes of action thanks to senior Kadeem Batts (Boston, Mass.) who scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds in the first half. St. John's was paced by sophomore JaKarr Sampson who scored nine points.
In the second half, the Red Storm (9-8, 0-5) outscored the Friars, 38-31, and had a chance to win it in regulation but Orlando Sanchez's three point attempt did not fall. PC's Tyler Harris (Dix Hills, N.Y.) tied the game at 67-67 with 1:28 left in regulation when he sank two free throws.
The first overtime period featured St. John's jumping out to a four-point lead on consecutive layups (71-67). Cotton made a layup with 2:04 left in the first regulation to bring the Friars within one point (77-76). After a defensive stop, Cotton was fouled and had the chance to put the Friars up by one point with 1:40 remaining, but he was only able to make one of two free throws. Neither team was able to score over the remainder of the overtime period and the two teams entered the second overtime tied at 77.
In the second overtime, the Friars trailed by three points with 25 seconds remaining when Harris made two free throws to make it a one point game (83-82). The Friars were able to then force a jump ball as they tied up the inbounds pass and got the ball on the alternating possession rule. The Friars ran the clock down and Cotton provided the heroics to put PC up one point (84-83) with nine seconds left. St. John's had one final chance to win the game as Phil Greene IV drove to the basket but his layup missed and Harris grabbed the rebound.
In addition to Cotton's 21 points, he also had nine rebounds and eight assists. Harris added 18 points, while junior LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) and Batts each had 17 points and nine rebounds.
St. John's was led by Sampson who registered 16 points and eight rebounds.
The Friars will return to action on Saturday, January 18 versus No. 20/19 Creighton at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence at 8:00 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.
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