March 2, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team defeated St. John's, 62-59, on Saturday, March 2 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. After being held to five points in the first half, junior Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) came alive scoring 19 of his 24 points in the second half. Cotton finished with a game high 24 points and made five 3-pointers.
St. John's came out firing on all cylinders shooting 53-percent in the first 10 minutes of the game, giving the Red Storm a 17-13 lead. St. John's cooled off when Cotton hit a 3-pointer with four minutes left, to cut it to one (25-24). The Friars trailed by one at half (27-26).
Providence opened up the second half by taking the lead on a fast-break layup by junior Kadeem Batts (Powder Springs, Ga.). PC was able to maintain the lead until eight minute mark, when St. John's sophomore Sir'Dominic Pointer hit the team's only 3-point basket to put them ahead, 47-44.
The Friars held St. John's to 0-of-8 from the field over the final four minutes to earn the win.
St. John's was led by freshman forward JaKarr Sampson, who finished with 22 points. Pointer finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Batts finished with 15 points and added nine rebounds. Freshman Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.) had a career high 12 rebounds in 27 minutes.
The Friars are back in action on Tues., March 5, when they host Seton Hall in their final regular-season home game. The game will air live on Cox and SNY with the opening tip set for 9 p.m. ET.
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