Feb. 3, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa., -- The Providence College men's basketball team defeated Villanova, 55-52, on Sunday, February 3 in Villanova, Pa. For the Friars, it marked their second win of the season over the Wildcats. It also marked the first time since 2004 that the Friars won at the Pavilion and the first time since 2004 that they earned two wins over the Villanova in the same season.
The Friars (11-11, 3-7) trailed, 14-6, with 11:01 remaining in the first half when they woke up to go on a 23-9 run to close the half. The Friars were paced by freshman guard Josh Fortune (Hampton, Va.) who went 4-4 from three point territory. Junior Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) added eight points over the first 20 minutes for the Friars. Mouphtaou Yarou paced the Wildcats with eight points in the first half.
The second half was very similar to the first half as the Wildcats came out hot and out scored the Friars, 16-6 over the first nine minutes. However, Fortune hit his fifth consecutive three to send the Friars on a 17-6 run during the next nine minutes that would propel the squad to a 52-45 lead with 2:07 remaining in the game. Villanova then pressed the Friars and they turned the ball over four consecutive times which resulted in a 52-52 tie with 43 seconds remaining. Villanova took the press off and the Friars brought the ball up the court. With 12 seconds left, senior Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) took a jumper that did not fall, but Fortune got the offensive rebound and fed it to Cotton who buried a three with 2.2 seconds remaining in the game to give PC the three-point lead. Villanova had one last desperation shot at the buzzer that did not fall and the Friars left the Pavilion with the 55-52 win.
Cotton had a game-high 18 points in the win. He also had six rebounds and five assists. Fortune was the only other Friar in double figures as he scored 15 points. Darrun Hilliard scored 17 points to lead Villanova (13-9, 4-5).
Providence returns to action on Wednesday, February 6 when they host nationally ranked Cincinnati at the Dunkin' Donuts Center at 7 p.m. on Cox/SNY. Tickets for the game can be purchased at Friars.com.
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