Feb. 1, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team (13-10, 2-8 BIG EAST) defeated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (12-11, 4-6 BIG EAST) by the score of 78-67, on Feb. 1, at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
Five Friars scored in double-digits in the victory. Junior Bilal Dixon (Jersey City, N.J.) registered his first double-double of the season and led the team in scoring with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while classmate Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) posted his seventh double-double this season with 11 points and 14 assists. Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) scored 17 points, freshman LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) added 15 points and nine rebounds, and sophomore Gerard Coleman contributed 15 points.
Providence has had five players in double figures three times this season, including today's Rutgers win.
Council's 14 assists tied a BIG EAST record for a single game this season.
After a 3-of-8 performance from the free throw line in the first half, PC went 16-of-20 in the second half. The Friars made their 10 free throws over the final 3:10 of the game.
Rutgers began the second half with a 26-14 run to cut the Friar lead to four points, 56-52, with 6:49 to play. The Scarlet Knights cut the Providence lead to four again with 2:40 but Cotton notched back to back 3-pointers to secure a 10 point lead (70-60) and salt it away.
The Friars started the game strong with a 9-3 run to lead by six with 16:18 on the clock. The two teams traded baskets, with Rutgers leading by as many as five points, until Providence finished the half on a 19-5 run. PC took a 40-26 lead into the intermission. Council registered a double-double in the half with 11 points and 10 assists.
The victory ends a four-game losing streak for Providence.
The Friars are back in action when they host West Virginia on Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The game will be aired live on Cox and ESPN3 with the opening tip set for noon.
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