Feb. 7, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence college men's basketball (13-12, 2-10 BIG EAST) fell to the Villanova Wildcats (11-13, 4-8 BIG EAST) by the score of 74-72, on Wednesday, February 7, at the Pavilion in Villanova, Pa.
Despite four Friars scoring in double digits they could not clinch the victory. Sophomore Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) led the team in scoring with 20 points, including 6-11 from behind the arc. Junior Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) registered 17 points and seven assists while sophomore Gerard Coleman (Boston, Mass.) added 16 points and five rebounds. Freshman LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) contributed 13 points in the game.
Cotton's six three-pointers all came in the first half. Six three-point field goals is the second most by a single player in a game in the BIG EAST this season.
In the second half, the Friars started with a 16-11 run to take their largest lead of 19 points, 60-41, with 13:59 to play but the Wildcats responded with a 22-1 run to tie the game at 63 points apiece with 5:15 on the clock. Providence held on until Villanova tied the game at 72-72 with 1:15 to play and went on to score the winning basket with 27 seconds left.
For Villanova, JayVaughn Pinkston led all players in scoring with 28 points and 14 rebounds. Mouphtaou Yarou and Dominic Cheek had 17 points a piece for the Wildcats. Providence held Maalik Wayns, who is the second leading scorer in the BIG EAST, scoreless until 16:02 in the second half. He had three points in the game .
Providence entered the game strong as it went on a 9-1 with 14:48 on the clock to lead the Wildcats, 18-11. Villanova went on to tie the Friars, 28-28, with 4:12 to play but Providence finished the half on a 16-2 run to lead, 44-30. Cotton scored all 18 of his points in the half on three-point shots as he was 6-7 from behind the arc. The team shot 60 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line in the first half.
The Friars are back in action on Saturday, February 11, when they take on South Florida for the second time this season. The game will air live on ESPN3 with the opening tip set for 4:00 p.m. The last time Providence met South Florida, the Bulls earned an 81-78 victory in Tampa, Fla.
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