March 25, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men's basketball team (19-14, 9-9) defeated Robert Morris, 77-68, in the second round of the NIT on Monday, March 25 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I.
Sophomore LaDontae Henton's (Lansing, Mich.) 21 points led all scorers; while junior Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) added 20 points and senior Vincent Council added 12 points and 10 assists for his third double-double of the season. The Friars won the rebound battle, 43-18, to overcome the Colonials 11-for-25 performance from the three point line.
With the victory, the Friars advance to the third round of the NIT to play at Baylor on Wednesday, March 27 in Waco, Texas. The game will be played at 9:00 p.m. (EST) and televised on ESPN2.
Providence went down 9-2 during the first four minutes of play before the offense put together a 15-5 run to take its first lead of the game with 10 minutes remaining in the half (17-14). The Colonials battled back to take the lead (18-17) with 8:14 remaining, but the Friars tied the game at 23 points apiece with a pair of Henton free throws.
With under a minute left in the half, Cotton hit a long two-point basket to tie the game again at 31 points. RMU redshirt-junior Coron Williams came down the court and answered with a three with 29 seconds left on the clock before Cotton hit a deep three to tie the game at the buzzer, 34-34.
In the second half, the Friars went up by as many as seven points and did not relinquish the lead until 6:09 was left in the game when the Colonials put together an 8-0 run to go up by one (62-61). Robert Morris kept the game within reach, but the Friars made free throws down the stretch and a particularly acrobatic three-point play on a layup and subsequent free throw helped the Friars pull away. PC finished 31-36 (86%) from the line, including 18 second half made free throws.
Karvel Anderson led the Colonials with 18 points including 4-of-7 from the three point line. Russell Johnson had 16 points and junior forward Mike McFadden added 14 points.
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