Jan. 21, 2012
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team (12-8, 1-6BIG EAST) fell to No. 21 Marquette Golden Eagles (16-4, 5-2BIG EAST) by the score of 79-72 on Saturday, January 21 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
Sophomore guard Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) led all players in scoring with 26 points while freshman LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) posted 14 points and seven rebounds. Junior guard Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 11 points. Sophomore forward Kadeem Batts (Powder Springs, Ga.) nearly registered his second double-double as he added eight points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Gerard Coleman(Boston, Mass.), who scored six points, was held to single-digits for only the second time this season.
With 11:36 remaining in the second half, Marquette took the lead 57-55 and would not look back. The Golden Eagles would lead by as many as 13 points in the final minutes of the game.
Marquette shot 53.7-percent from the field and was 9-for-11 (81.8-percent) from behind the arc which is the highest of any BIG EAST team this season. Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder each scored 18 points for the Golden Eagles.
In a first half that included seven ties and nine lead changes, Marquette held a 26-17 edge with 9:05 to play. Providence went on a 23-13 run to lead at halftime, 40-39. The Friars led despite shooting only 30.6-percent from the field versus the Golden Eagles' 43.8 shooting percentage. In the half, Cotton led the team in scoring with 13 points and Council added 11 points. Prior to the loss, the Friars were 10-0 when leading at halftime.
The Friars are back in action when they travel to Pittsburgh, Pa. to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers on Wednesday, January 25. The game will be aired on Cox and ESPN3 with the opening tip set for 7:00 p.m.