March 5, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men's basketball team defeated Seton Hall, 76-66, on Tues., March 5 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. The Friars honored senior Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) in a pre-game ceremony for his last regular season game at the Dunk'.
The Friars were paced by junior Kadeem Batts (Powder Springs, Ga.) with 14 points and seven rebounds in a back-and-forth first half of play. Seton Hall kept the game close until about the ten-minute mark when PC went on a 10-0 run to build an 11-point lead (28-17). The Pirates matched it with an eight-point run of their own, but the Friars had an offensive burst to end the half up 43-36.
By the 16-minute mark of the second half, Batts registered his fourth double-double of the season, and seventh of his career. Batts finished with a game-high 27 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. He is currently tied for 14th in the BIG EAST for most career double-doubles by an active player.
It was smooth sailing for the remainder of the second half for the Friars. Seton Hall was able to cut PC's lead down to five, but never took the lead. The win marks the first time since 2001 that Providence has won 7-of-8 BIG EAST games.
Providence had four players reach double figures, and two recorded double-doubles, including Batts. Sophomore LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) registered his 11th double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Henton is ranked second in the BIG EAST for most double-doubles this season. He also is tied for second in the BIG EAST for most career double-doubles by an active player with 20. Council finished with 13 points and junior Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) finished with 15 points.
The Friars will play their final game of the regular season at Connecticut on Sat., March 9. The game is scheduled to start at noon, and will be televised on ESPNU. After traveling to UConn, the Friars will begin their BIG EAST Championship run on Wed., March 13.
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