March 13, 2013
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Providence College men's basketball team fell to Cincinnati, 61-44, in the second round of the BIG EAST Men's Basketball Championship on March 13 at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y. The Bearcats, who led the game wire to wire, improve to 22-10 overall, while the Friars drop to 17-14.
Cincinnati came out of the gates quickly to take a 13-2 lead through the first five and a half minutes of play, which included a 9-0 run. The Friars were 1-14 from the field during the stretch (7.1-percent). Junior Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) halted the run with a break-away lay-up at 13:12 to make the score 13-4.
Providence cut the Bearcats' lead to 12 at the 7:13 mark on a goal-tending call, before Cincinnati buried back-to-back three point buckets for a 26-8 lead with 6:23 on the clock. After a Providence timeout, freshman Josh Fortune (Hampton, Va.) notched the Friars' first three-point field goal of the game to make the score 26-11 with 6:04 to play in the half.
Fortune's three was the start to a 15-5 Providence run to close out the half, making the score 31-23 at the break. Five Friars contributed to the run, including junior Kadeem Batts (Powder Springs, Ga.) and Cotton, who each netted four points during the stretch.
Providence cut the deficit to four (31-27) with back-to-back buckets in the first two and a half minutes to open the second half. It proved to be the closest that the Friars would get the rest of the way, as the Bearcats pushed their lead to 10 (37-27) on a 6-0 run with 15:24 to play.
Providence clawed back to within six (41-35) with 7:05 remaining in regulation, but Cincinnati closed the game out with a 20-9 scoring advantage.
Batts finished with a team-high 14 points and eight rebounds for the Friars. Cotton added 12 points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal. Sophomore LaDonte Henton (Lansing, Mich.) chipped in eight points and joined Batts with a team-high eight rebounds.
Sean Kilpatrick posted a game-high 17 points to lead Cincinnati, while JaQuon Parker contributed a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
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