Feb. 8, 2014
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CINCINNATI, OHIO - The Providence College men's basketball team was defeated by Xavier, 59-53, on Saturday, February 8 at the Cintas Arena. The Friars had the ball, trailing by two points (55-53) with one minute left in the game, however, Xavier's Semaj Christon stripped the ball from senior Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) and Xavier converted an easy basket to give the Musketeers a four point lead with 43 seconds left in the game. The Friars turned the ball over on their next possession and Xavier converted two free throws to earn the six point win.
The first half was a back and forth game that featured seven ties and six lead changes. Sophomore guard Josh Fortune (Hampton, Va.) was the difference for the Friars, connecting on five of his seven shots, including two from behind the arc, to pace the Friar offense with 12 points. As a team, the Friars shot 42 percent and outrebounded the Musketeers, 18-13. Matt Stainbrook had a team-high nine points for Xavier.
Xavier opened the second half with an 11-5 run that allowed them to open up the game in the first six minutes of the second half. The Friars were not able to regain the lead in the second half.
Fortune led the Friars with a game-high 17 points. It marked his BIG EAST career-high. Cotton was held to just nine points and seven assists. Junior LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) was the only other Friar to score in double figures as he added 14 points.
Stainbrook and Justin Martin led Xavier with 13 points each.
The Friars return to action on Monday at 7 p.m. at Georgetown on Fox Sports 1.
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