Nov. 29, 2013
Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) led all scorers with 24 points (18-19 from the free-throw line), 16 coming in the second half. The Friars never trailed in the game against Head Coach Ed Cooley's former squad. With the win Providence improves its non-conference, regular season home winning streak to 31 consecutive games.
Providence (7-1) shot 54 percent (13-for-24) in the first half to gain a 40-30 lead heading into halftime. The Friars shot 82 percent in the first nine minutes of play. LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) scored his 1,000th point with a free throw at the 12:33 mark. Providence's defense held Fairfield (1-6) to 32 percent (9-for-28) shooting from the floor. It was the fourth time the Friars held an opponent to under 40 percent shooting in a first half.
The Stags outscored the Friars by one in the final period. Providence shot 27 percent in the second half while Fairfield improved to 46 percent. Both teams shot 83 percent from the free throw line in the second.
All five Friar starters reached double figures in scoring, the first time this season. Sophomore Tyler Harris (Dix Hills, N.Y.) was the second leading scorer for Providence with 16 points. Senior Kadeem Batts (Boston, Mass.) led the team in rebounds with eight. Cotton tied a single game record with 18 free throws made in 19 attempts. The record ties Eric Murdock and Jimmy Walker.
Marcus Gilbert led the Stags in scoring with 23 points. Maurice Barrow chipped in with 20 points.
The Friars travel to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. to square off against No.3/4 Kentucky on Sunday, Dec. 1. Game time is set for 8:30 p.m. The contest will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1.
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