Nov. 19, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team defeated the Rattlers of Florida A&M, 87-65, in the first game of the South Padre Island Invitational on Saturday, November 19 to improve to 3-0 on the season. Four Providence players finished in double-figures including sophomore Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) who scored a game-high 26 points. Junior Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 13 points, while sophomore Gerald Coleman (Boston, Mass.) recorded 10 points. Freshman LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) notched his first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the win for the Friars.
PC opened the game with an 8-0 run in which Cotton scored all eight points including two three pointers. Providence went on a 15-6 run to take a 39-19 lead into the locker room at halftime. To cap off of the run, senior Chris Carter(Worcester, Mass.) hit a three from the right side, his first points of the season, and Cotton hit a running jump shot through the lane as time expired. In the half the Friars shot 45.8%, making 11-of-24 from the field and were 3-of 7 from behind the arc. The Rattlers shot 26.7% from the field, as they made 8-of-30 shots. The Friars held a slight advantage in rebounds, 20-19, and forced 14 turnovers.
The Friars started the second half right where they left off, taking a 44-19 lead after a 5-0 run that was highlighted by a Cotton three pointer. Providence continued to add to its lead, expanding it to as many as 34 with 2:38 remaining and went on to win, 87-65. Overall, the Friars shot 53.1% from the field, making 26-of-49 shots and were 6-of-14 from three point range (42.9%). Providence held the Rattlers to 23-of 70 from the field (32.9%) and forced 20 turnovers.
Providence will return to action when it hosts Southern University in the second game of the South Padre Island Invitational on Tuesday, November 22 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.