Nov. 8, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team defeated Boston College 82-78 in overtime in the first game of the 2013-14 regular season on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Senior guard Bryce Cotton (Tuscon, Ariz.) scored a game-high 28 points and went 9-of-10 from the free throw line. Cotton played the entire 45 minutes, grabbed six rebounds and had four assists. Last year, Cotton led the BIG EAST in scoring at 18.3 ppg.
The contest also was the first hoops game televised by Fox Sports 1, the home of BIG EAST basketball.
Providence overcame a three-point overtime deficit to win its season opener. Trailing, 75-72, Cotton hit a layup and two free throws to give Providence a 76-75 lead. Olivier Hanlan answered for Boston College, hitting a 3-pointer to make it 78-76, Eagles. Junior LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) then tied the game at 78 with two free throws. Senior Lee Goldsbrough's (Newcastle, England) hustle diving for a loose ball with 1:11 left in OT, gave the Friars possession and drew a foul. Goldsbrough hit two free throws put Providence up for good. Free throws by Cotton and Henton further sealed the game.
In regulation, Providence held the lead for the majority of the second half while Boston College had a 31-27 lead at halftime.
Henton, who had team-high 11 double-doubles last year, registered his first of the 2013-14 season with 15 points and 13 rebounds. The game yielded 10 ties and lead changes. The Friars beat the Eagles on the boards with 36 to 20. Providence had 16 second-chance points and held Boston College to none.
With the win, the Friars improved their all-time regular-season opener record to 76-11 (.874), in addition to 79-8 (.908) in home openers.
Boston College was led by Hanlan who had 23 points. Ryan Anderson and Alex Dragicevich reached double figures with 21 and 13 points, respectively.
The teams last played an overtime game on Dec. 1, 2007 at the TD Garden where the Friars won 98-89.
The Friars play in-state opponent Brown on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The game is set to start at 7:00 p.m. and will air nationally on Fox Sports Net and locally on Cox Sports. For tickets, visit the tickets section of Friars.com or call 401-865-GOPC.
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