Feb. 28, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team (15-15, 4-13 BIG EAST) defeated the Connecticut Huskies (17-12, 7-10 BIG EAST) by the score of 72-70, in its final home game of the season on Tuesday, February 28, at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
Three Friars scored in double digits in the victory. Sophomore guard Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) scored 22 points while freshman forward LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) registered 18 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Gerard Coleman (Boston, Mass.) added 13 points. Junior guard Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) contributed nine points and 11 assists and sophomore forward Kadeem Batts (Powder Springs, Ga.) grabbed 13 rebounds.
The Huskies started the second half with a 15-7 run to take their largest lead of 14 points, 51-37, with 12:30 to play. The Friars responded with a 26-5 run to lead by seven points, 63-56. They would maintain the lead for the remainder of the game to seal the 72-70 victory. The Friars scored 35 points over the final 12:30 of the second half to earn their fourth league win of the season. The Friars improved to 5-2 in their last seven games against the Huskies.
In a first half, characterized by four ties and four lead changes, the Huskies gained an early 6-0 lead with 18:21 on the clock. The Friars went on a 17-11 run to tie Connecticut, 17-17 with 10:59 to play. Connecticut went on to lead by seven points, 32-25, until Providence finished the half with a 5-5 run capped off by a three-point play by Coleman to cut the Huskie's edge to two, 32-30, entering the locker room.
The Friars have now won five of the last seven contests against the Huskies.
The Friars end their season on Friday, March 2 in South Bend, Ind. when they take on #20/19 Notre Dame. The game will air live on Cox with the opening tip set for 7:00 p.m. Providence will then head to New York, N.Y. to play in the BIG EAST Tournament on Tuesday, March 6.
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