Nov. 12, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men's basketball team (2-0) defeated the Bryant Bulldogs, 81-49, on Monday, Nov. 12 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. Junior forward Kadeem Batts (Powder Springs, Ga.) tied his career-high with 27 points on 12-of-15 shooting. He also had nine rebounds.
The game marks the first time since the December meeting against Georgetown last season that the Friars held a team to less than 50 points and brings Providence's all-time record to 5-0 against Bryant.
The Friars got off to a quick start, leading Bryant by as many as 26 points in the first half. Batts took control of the first half outscoring the Bulldogs by two points 23-21. He tallied 21 of the team's 47 first-half total.
It was up to junior Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) to take over at the point guard position again, and he was able to break double-digits in scoring before halftime (13 points). Sophomore LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) finished the first half with 9 points.
Bryant went 0-of-10 from 3-point range in the first half and was 7-of-22 overall. The Friars shot 63.3-percent from the field in the first half, contributing to their lead.
Bryant was the first to attack during the second half, making a quick field goal and went on to pressure the Friars with an 11-1 run due in large part to three consecutive 3-point baskets. Bryant cut it to16, 48-32 with 13:37 left in the game., but that would be as close as it would get as the Friars led by as many as 32.
The last time Batts registered 27 points was in the Friars' 90-59 home win against No. 14/15 Louisville on Jan. 10, 2012. Cotton recorded his first career double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Henton ended the game with 16 points. Junior Lee Goldsbrough (Newcastle, England) reached a career high with eight rebounds.
Providence will travel to San Juan for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off from November 15-18. Their first game is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15 against Massachusetts at 7:00 p.m. EST. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.