Feb. 1, 2014
ROSEMONT, Ill. - The Providence College men's basketball team used a game-high 28 points from senior guard Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) to earn a 77-72 BIG EAST win at DePaul on Saturday, Feb. 1. With the victory, the Friars took sole possession of third place in league standings with a 6-3 conference record and a 16-6 mark overall.
The Friars jumped all over the Blue Demons to open the game, building a 16-point lead, 32-16, in the first 14 minutes of the game. Junior forward LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) fueled the Friars with seven of his nine first half points in the first 16 minutes. However, Friar big men senior Kadeem Batts (Boston, Mass.) and junior Carson Desrosiers (Windham, N.H.) both got into early foul trouble with two fouls each and came out of the game. The Blue Demons took advantage of the smaller Friar frontline and cut the Friar lead over the final six minutes of the half to just five points (42-37) with a 21-10 run. Freshman guard RJ Curington led the Blue Demons with 14 points in the first 20 minutes of action.
Sophomore Tyler Harris (Dix Hills, N.Y.) had a team-high 13 points to lead PC in the first half.
In the second half, the game remained close. The Friars several times built a nine point lead but DePaul would scrap back into the contest. The Blue Demons were aided by effective three-point shooting as they finished game at 8-20 from behind the arc. With seven minutes left in the game, DePaul tied the contest at 62-62 when Edwin McGhee hit a three pointer. PC did not panic and Henton made a layup to give the Friars the lead. PC never trailed in the game and its lead never got below three points over the remainder of the contest. Cotton scored seven points in the final minute of the game to seal the win.
In addition to Cotton's 28 points, Henton had 19 and Harris finished with 18 points. Batts (Boston, Mass.) registered a game-high nine rebounds. Curington scored 22 points to pace DePaul.
The Friars will return to action on Tuesday, February 4 when they return home to host BIG EAST foe St. John's at the Dunkin' Donuts Center at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.
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