Feb. 10, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Providence College men's basketball team was defeated at Georgetown, 83-71, on Monday night at the Verizon Center. Senior Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) recorded a game-high 31 points and five assists.
Georgetown (15-9, 6-6 BIG EAST) jumped out to a 12 point lead (27-15) in the first half at the 7:00 mark. Cotton then went on to score 19 points to help power Providence (16-9, 6-6 BIG EAST) to a 36-32 lead at the break. Cotton was perfect during the run, shooting 5-of-5 from the floor (4-of-4 3-pt.) and 5-for-5 from the free throw line. His 19 points led all scorers in the frame. The Friars shot 40 percent on 11-of-27 shooting while Georgetown shot 39 percent on 11-of-28.
The two teams battled back-and-forth in the second half with Georgetown taking its first lead in the half (58-57) with 6:41 remaining in the game. The Hoyas held their lead and Jabril Trawick connected on a 3-pointer to help Georgetown pull away and bring its lead to seven (68-61). Georgetown added to its lead with free throws en route to its eventual 83-71 victory.
Cotton has scored 20 or more points in 17 games this season. Senior Kadeem Batts (Boston, Mass.) and sophomore Tyler Harris each reached double figures with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Junior Carson Desrosiers (Windham, N.H.) pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera led the Hoyas with 22 points. Markel Starks added 14 points and Mikael Hopkins chipped in with a game-best 11 rebounds.
The Friars will return to action when they return home to host DePaul on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2:00 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Network.
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