Nov. 17, 2012
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico - The Providence College men's basketball team was defeated by Penn State in overtime, 55-52, in the second round of the Puerto Rico Tip Off on Friday, November 16 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
Due to injuries, the Friars only had six players available for the action on Friday night versus the Nittany Lions. Despite the short bench, the Friars played a tough zone and held Penn State to just 14 points after 20 minutes of action. PC held a 16-14 lead at the half. Junior Kadeem Batts (Powder Springs, Ga.) and freshman Josh Fortune (Hampton, Va.) each recorded six points to lead the Friars in the first half.
In the second half, each team increased its offense, but neither team was able to pull away. The Friars built a 10-point lead but were not able to hold off Penn State. Penn State was able to create several turnovers in overtime and built a five-point lead that the Friars could not overcome. Junior Lee Goldsbrough (Newcastle, England) made a layup with three seconds remaining in the game and was fouled to make it a three point game (55-52). Goldsbrough intentionally missed the free throw but was not able to get the rebound and convert on a three-point attempt.
Fortune played the point guard position due to an injury to junior Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) Fortune finished the game with a team-high 18 points. Batts registered a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The Friars will return action on Sunday, November 18 for their third game of the Puerto Rico Tip Off versus UNC Asheville at 11:00 a.m. ET on ESPNU.
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