Nov. 2, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team defeated the Rhode Island College Anchormen, 97-65, in an exhibition matchup on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence. Sophomore Tyler Harris (Dix Hills, N.Y.) led all scorers with 19 points and shot 7-of-10 from the floor including a 3-pointer.
The first half closed out with a Providence leading, 49-33. Senior Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) and Harris led both teams in scoring at the half with 12 points each. The Friars shot 52 percent (12-for-23) from the floor and were 4-of-10 from the 3-point arc. Freshman Austin Cilley led the Anchormen with nine points (3-of-5 3pts) in the half.
The Friars shot 56-percent from the floor in the second half. PC was dominant on the boards with 45 on the night compared to the 19 registered by RIC. Providence also outscored RIC 56-26 in the paint. The Friars bench scored 47 points in the contest.
The Friars shot 54 percent for the game (32-for-59).
Five Friars reached double-digits in scoring (Harris, Cotton, Austin, Fortune, Desrosiers). Cotton was a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe. Defensively, sophomore Josh Fortune (Hampton, Va.) chipped in with four steals.
RIC was led by Austin Cilley who had 17 points (5-of-7 3-point). Senior Nyheem Sanders and senior Michael Palumbo reached double figures for the Anchormen with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
The Friars open the 2013-14 season against Boston College on Friday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m., at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The game will be the first college basketball game televised on the new FOX Sports1.