Nov. 18, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men's basketball team (4-0) rolled past Vermont (1-3) on Monday night at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Senior Bryce Cotton
(Tucson, Ariz.) and junior LaDontae Henton
(Lansing, Mich.) led all scorers with 18 points. The Friars extended their nonconference home win streak to 30 games, dating back to Dec. 21, 2009. Providence is 4-0 for the second time in three years under the direction of Head Coach Ed Cooley
Senior Kadeem Batts (Boston, Mass.) recorded his third double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.) played in his first game of this season and logged eight assists in 21 minutes. He also had three points and three steals.
Providence used an 18-1 run midway through the first half and entered the break with a 30-14 lead. The Friars held the Catamounts without a field goal for 16-minutes and limited Vermont to just 4-of-25 shooting in the opening stanza. It was Vermont's fewest amount of points in a half since 1996.
Vermont opened the second half with a 10-1 run to pull within seven of Providence, 31-24. The Friars forced four straight turnovers and sophomore Josh Fortune (Hampton, Va.) hit two 3-pointers (43-26) to get Providence back on track en route to a 21-point victory.
With the win, the Friars improved to 7-0 all-time against Vermont. It is the first time since 1982-83 that Providence has held its opponent to 50 points or less in consecutive games.
Senior Clancy Rugg had a double-double for Vermont with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Luke Apfeld added 14 points for the Catamounts.
The Friars travel to St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. for the Paradise Jam on Friday, Nov. 22-Monday, Nov. 25. Providence will face off against Vanderbilt on Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET, televised live on the CBS Sports Network (DirecTV channel #221). Providence also could face La Salle, Loyola Marymount, Maryland, Marist, Morgan State or Northern Iowa in the tournament.