Feb. 6, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men's basketball team defeated No. 17 Cincinnati, 54-50, at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Junior Kadeem Batts (Powder Springs, Ga.) led the Friars in the win with 25 points and nine rebounds.
Providence went on a 10-0 run that put them in the lead, 18-8, with 7:36 remaining in the first half. Cincinnati chipped away at the lead during the remainder of the half, and finished the half down, 26-21. Defensively, the Friars drew four charges. Junior Lee Goldsbrough (Newcastle, England) drew three, and Batts drew one.
Batts paced the Friars in the first half with 12 points. Cincinnati was led by Sean Kilpatrick and Cashmere Wright who both had six points at halftime.
Junior Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) scored nine points in the beginning of the second half to give PC a 12-point lead (43-31) with 11:30 remaining. Cincinnati's offense responded with a 15-4 run to bring the game back within one point with 3:23 left in the game (47-46). Senior Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) ended a four minute scoring drought with a fade-away jumper with 2:47 remaining to end the Bearcats' run and bring the lead back to three (49-46).
The Friars held Cincinnati to their lowest score of the season with 50 points. The game was the first win that PC has had over a ranked opponent since their 90-51 win over No. 14/15 Louisville on Jan. 10, 2012 in Providence, R.I. The Friars also have posted consecutive league wins for first time this season.
Kilpatrick finished with a team-high 13 points for the Bearcats.
Cotton finished with 11 points after a scoreless first half. Goldsbrough added six points and four rebounds off the bench for the Friars.
The Friars next game will be at South Florida on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 9:00 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.
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