Oct. 25, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team defeated the Assumption Greyhounds, 64-51, on Tuesday, October 25 in an exhibition game at Alumni Hall on the Providence College campus. The contest marked Ed Cooley's first game as the Friar Head Coach. Sophomore guard Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) scored a game-high 16 points with 3-of-6 shooting from behind the three-point line.
Cotton helped the Friars get out to an early lead shooting 3-of-5 from the floor in the first half and 2-of-4 behind the arc. Junior Bilal Dixon (Jersey City, N.J.) was able to provide some offense off the bench going 3-for-4 from the field in the first half. A strong defensive effort by the Friars held Assumption to 23 points, holding them to just 11.1 percent from behind the arc.
In the start of the second half, Coach Cooley looked to his bench to see what other players could contribute. Despite Assumption closing the gap to within three with 15:18 left to go in the second half, reserves such as sophomores Mike Murray (Troy, N.Y.) , Ted Bancroft (Marion, Mass.) and Lee Goldbrough (Newcastle, England) and graduate student Chris Carter (Worcester, Mass.) put forth an effort that set the tone for the remainder of the second half. Junior Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) provided 10 second-half points, shooting 4-for-7 from the field to end the game with 14 points and six assists. Freshman LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) also shot a high percentage going 3-for-4 in the second half, finishing the game with 14 points.
Dixon ended the game with 13 points to go along with a team-high eight rebounds and five blocks.
Assumption was led by Jimmy Zenevitch who posted a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
The Friars will return to action with their second exhibition game on Saturday, November 5 versus UMass-Lowell at 7:00 p.m. at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
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