Jan. 19, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team defeated Villanova, 69-66, on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. The game marked the Friars' second BIG EAST victory of the season, and the teams' first conference win at home.
Junior Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) sealed the Friars' victory with under a minute left in the second half by putting PC up by six when he hit a three. The basket was followed by an offensive foul called on Villanova, which Providence converted to a dunk from freshman Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.) to put PC up, 65-57, which was their largest lead of the game.
The Friars were first on the board to start the game with a quick basket from sophomore LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.), but the Friars went on to shoot just 20 percent (6-30) from the field during the remainder of the half. It was the lowest that PC has shot during a half this season. The team also went 1-10 from three-point range. However, PC held Villanova, who shot 47.8 percent, to zero offensive rebounds. Providence finished the half with an open layup by senior Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) to also end a seven-minute scoring drought and left the Friars down, 31-24.
Providence tied the game in the second half with 15:17 to go after Cotton went on an 8-0 run and took the lead, 37-35, the next trip down the court. This was the first lead the Friars had since 9:20 in the first half. There were 10 lead changes and 10 ties during the course of the game until the Friars took a controlling lead with Cotton's three.
The Friars made 30 points off of Villanova's 25 turnovers. The Wildcats still shot 42.3 percent during the second half, but were outrebounded 19-9 offensively. Villanova was led by JayVaughn Pinkston with 20 points.
Cotton led the Friars with 24 points. Dunn had a career high 13 points and added seven rebounds. Council registered 15 points.
Providence will play at home on Tuesday, Jan. 22 against Pittsburgh. The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.
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