Feb. 20, 2013
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Providence College men's basketball team was defeated by the Syracuse Orange, 84-59, in a BIG EAST matchup in Syracuse, N.Y. on Wednesday, February 20.
The Friars hung close with the Orange over the first 10 minutes of the first half as the two teams were tied at 12-12. However, Syracuse outscored the Friars, 31-4, over the last 10 minutes of half to take a commanding 43-16 lead into the lockerroom. James Southerland led the Orange with 14 points. Sophomore LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) had six points for the Friars.
In the second half, the Friars tried to chip away at the Orange lead. Providence cut it to 18 points (66-48) on a layup by senior Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) with 7:35 remaining in the game. Syracuse then went on an 8-0 run and led 74-48 with 4:44 left in the game. The Friars were not able to get any closer the rest of the way.
Henton registered a double-double as he finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Council also added 15 points and seven assists. He finished the game with 431 career assists in BIG EAST play as he broke former Syracuse star Sherman Douglas' league mark of 426 career assists. Council broke the record with an assist on a Henton dunk with 8:06 remaining in the first half.
CJ Fair led Syracuse with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
The Friars will return to action on Saturday, February 23 at Rutgers at 9:00 p.m. on Cox/SNY.
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