Feb. 23, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Providence College men's basketball team got a game-high 28 points from senior guard Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) as the Friars defeated the Butler Bulldogs, 87-81, on Sunday in BIG EAST action. With the win, the Friars improved to 18-10 overall and 8-7 in league play.
The Friars came out sizzling in the first half, shooting 68 percent (17-25) from the field, including 10-14 (71 percent) from behind the three-point arc. Sophomore guard Josh Fortune (Hampton, Va.) led the Friars with 12 points as he shot 4-6 from three point territory. Cotton added 11 points as the Friars held a 46-33 lead at the half. Khyle Marshal had 13 points in the first 20 minutes of action for Butler.
In the second half, Butler quickly erased the Friar lead as they opened the half on a 20-6 run in the first seven minutes to take a 55-53 lead with 12:51 left. However, the Friars regained the lead, 62-61, when Cotton hit a three with 9:56 left and never trailed again in the game. With a five point lead and the shot clock winding down, Cotton took a three but was fouled with 1:26 left in the game. He went to the line and hit all three shots. Those were three of the seven he hit in the last minute to help seal the win.
In addition to Cotton's 28 and Fortune's 14, three other Friars scored in double figures. Junior LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) scored 15 points and added seven assists. Senior Kadeem Batts (Boston, Mass.) and sophomore Tyler Harris (Dix Hills, N.Y.) each added 14 points.
Kellen Duham led the Bulldogs with 25 points. With the loss, Butler fell to 12-15 overall and 2-13 in BIG EAST play.
Providence will return to action on Friday, February at Seton Hall at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
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