Feb. 16, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team defeated #21/#21 Notre Dame, 71-54, on Sat., Feb. 16 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. The victory marks four consecutive BIG EAST wins for the Friars, a feat that the team has not accomplished since the 2003-04 season. It also marks the Friars' first home victory against Notre Dame since Feb. 28, 1998 (77-62), and the Friars first win against the Irish since Feb. 24, 2004 (73-59). The other highlight of the day was senior point guard Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) broke former Friar Ernie D'Gregorio's PC all-time assist mark of 662 as he finished the day with 671 career assists.
Providence never trailed against Notre Dame, and led by as many as eight points in the first half. During the first half, the Friars were 5-8 from three-point range, including a shot made at the buzzer by junior Lee Goldsbrough (Newcastle, England) to end the half leading 34-26.
Junior Kadeem Batts (Powder Springs, Ga.) led all players with 20 points. The Irish were led by forward Tom Knight with nine points.
The Friars increased their lead to 24 points, the largest of the game, with 9:20 left in the game. Sophomore LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) contributed with 13 points, and junior Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) had eight during those 10 minutes. Notre Dame's defense could not stop PC from scoring long enough to comeback from the deficit.
Jack Cooley led Notre Dame with 12 points and 10 assists.
Council had a double-double with 11 rebounds and 11 assists. He was three points shy of a triple-double.Cotton contributed with 19 points.
Providence will play their next game at Syracuse on Wed., Feb. 20 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
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