Men's Basketball Holds Off Holy Cross At Home 82-77

    Junior guard Vincent Council scored 19 points against Holy Cross.

    Junior guard Vincent Council scored 19 points against Holy Cross.

    Nov. 29, 2011

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    Postgame Press Conference

    Final Stats

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team defeated the Holy Cross Crusaders, 82-77, on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Junior guard Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) posted his first double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 assists. He also had seven boards.

    The game marks the third time this season that four Friars have scored in double-digits as sophomores Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) and Gerard Coleman (Boston, Mass.) posted 24 and 18, respectively and freshman LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) posted 17 points in the victory. Freshman Brice Kofane grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds.

    The Friars took the lead in the first minute as sophomore Ron Giplaye (Lowell, Mass.) scored in his first start of the season to put Providence ahead 2-0. In the remaining 14 minutes the Friars went on a 20-11 run to end the half leading 47-38. The 47 first-half points were the most this season. Providence shot an impressive 58.8% (20-of-34) from the field including 15 points from Cotton, who led all players at the half.

    The second-half of game included five ties in the final seven minutes of play, and three lead changes. The Friars came out of the gate with a 15-10 run to build a game-high 16-point lead (64-48). With 14:48 left in the game, Holy Cross went on a 9-0 run to cut it to six (66-60). It eventually was tied 69-69 following a 3-pointer by Phil Beans.

    The teams traded baskets down the stretch.

    With 58-seconds left, Henton converted a layup, followed by a steal by Coleman in the defensive end. Another layup by Henton, who completed a 3-point play as he was fouled to give the Friars a 80-77 lead. Cotton hit two free throws in final seconds to ice it.

    With the win Providence improved to 3-0 when scoring 80 points or more this season. The game marks the third time the Friars have shot over 50% from the field this year. Overall, the Friars shot 73% from the free throw line as they went 11-of-15.

    The Friars are back in action on the road when they travel to Columbia, S.C., to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks in the BIG EAST/SEC Challenge on Thursday, Dec. 1. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. and will air live on ESPNU.