Feb. 5, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team (13-11, 2-9 BIG EAST) fell to the West Virginia Mountaineers (16-8, 6-5 BIG EAST) by the score of 87-84, in overtime, on Sunday, February 5. The last time the Friars played in overtime was in a loss to Cincinnati (93-81) at the Dunkin' Donuts Center on February 19, 2011.
Four Friars scored in double digits. Sophomore Gerard Coleman (Boston, Mass.) led the team in scoring with a career-high 30 points. Freshman LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) registered 17 points, including 5-6 from behind the arc, and grabbed 6 rebounds while junior Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 16 points and 9 assists. Sophomore Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) scored 15 points. Junior Bilal Dixon (Jersey City, N.J.) had 10 boards. The Friars shot 50.9 percent from the field in the game.
In overtime, the Mountaineers led for the first time since they were ahead, 5-4, 2:26 into the game. With 2:27 to play in overtime, Henton hit a three-pointer to take an 83-82 but it would not be enough as the Mountaineers went on to win, 87-84.
The Friars started the second half with a 7-0 run to gain a 13 point lead, 49-36, with 17:45 to play. The two teams traded baskets until 7:52 when West Virginia went on a 19-10 run to tie Providence, 76-76, at the buzzer.
In the first half, Providence went on a 21-8 run to lead by 13 points, 30-17 with 7:51 to play. West Virginia ended the half on a 19-12 run to cut the Friar lead to six points, 42-36. It is the fifth time this season Providence has scored at least 40 points in the first half.
The game marks the first loss for the Friars when shooting at least 50 percent from the field. Prior to the game, Providence was 6-0 when shooting 50 percent or more.
The Friars are back in action when they travel to Villanova to take on the Wildcats on Tuesday, February 7 at the Pavilion. The game will air live on Cox and ESPN3 with the opening tip set for 8:00 p.m.