Dec. 5, 2013
KINGSTON, R.I. -
The Providence College men's basketball team defeated in-state rival Rhode Island in a last second thriller, 50-49 on Thursday night. Senior Bryce Cotton
(Tucson, Ariz.) led all scorers with 15 points. Providence has now won the last four meetings between the two teams.
The Friars (8-2) held a one point lead with URI (6-4) having possession with 17 seconds remaining in the game. The Friars played tight defense forcing an errant shot by the Rams en route to winning the rivalry game by one point. Providence was held without a field goal for the final 2:26 of play but benefited from a free throw by senior Kadeem Batts (Boston, Mass.) to take the lead. Rhode Island never held a lead in the second half, while the game was tied twice.
Providence entered halftime with a 29-25 lead. The Friar defense held the Rams without a field goal for five minutes, with Providence establishing a lead with a 9-2 run. Providence shot 48 percent from the field in the half and hit 4-of-9 from beyond the arc. Cotton led all players at the break with eight points.
For the game Providence shot 39 percent (21-of-54 from the floor while Rhode Island shot 38 percent (18-of-48). The teams were even on the boards, each team having 35 rebounds.
Sophomore Tyler Harris (Dix Hills, N.Y.) also reaching double figures for the Friars, scoring 11 points (4-of-7 FG). Junior LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.
Gilvydas Biruta was the leading scorer for Rhode Island with 13 points. Xavier Munford chipped in with 11.
The Friars return to the Dunkin' Donuts Center on Tuesday, Dec. 17 to face Yale. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. The contest will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1.