Feb. 18, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team lost to No. 9/11 Villanova 82-79 in double overtime on Tuesday night at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Senior Bryce Cotton led the way with a game-high 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Friars (17-10, 7-7 BIG EAST).
Villanova (23-3, 11-2 BIG EAST) sophomore Ryan Arcidiacono scored a team-leading 21 points, including a game-winning three-point play with three seconds remaining in the second extra session.
Four players scored in double figures for the Friars, including senior Kadeem Batts (Boston, Mass.) who had 21 points and 11 rebounds. It was his seventh double-double of the season. Sophomore Josh Fortune (Hampton, Va.) added 16 points, including 13 points in the first half. Sophomore Tyler Harris (Dix Hills, N.Y.) chipped in 15 points and tied a career-high with 12 rebounds. It was his first double-double of the season.
Junior LaDonte Henton (Lansing, Mich.) forced the overtime with a game-tying 3-pointer with 21-seconds left in overtime. It was his first points of the game.
The teams were tied at halftime 33-33 and 63-63 at the end of regulation. It was 72-72 at the end of the first overtime. Overall there were six ties and 15 lead changes.
Cotton played the entire 50 minutes and continues to lead the nation, averaging 39.9 minutes per game. Cotton's nine assists were his most in a league contest. He also has scored 20 or more points 19 times this season.
Providence shot 43-percent from the field, while Villanova shot 46-percent. The Friars were 20-of-24 -from the free throw line (83-percent), while the Wildcats were 15-of-24 (63-percent). Providence also held a 45-34 edge on the glass. Villanova held a 40-28 advantage on points in the paint. Providence had 19 turnovers.
Nine of the Friars' 27 games this season have been decided by four points or less. The Friars have posted a 5-4 mark in those eight games. Five of those nine games have gone into overtime (including three double overtime games). The Friars have registered a 2-3 record in overtime this season.
The Friars will return to action when they make their first trip to Butler to play the Bulldogs on Sunday, February 23 at 6:00 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1.
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