Dec. 10, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - - The Providence College men's basketball team (9-2) defeated intra-state foe, Bryant (1-9) by the score of 72-61, on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Sophomore guard Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) scored a game and career-high 34 points. He shot 11-of-16 from the field and a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line. Freshman LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) registered a double-double as he had 13 points and 12 rebounds. His 12 boards were a career-high. Sophomore Gerard Coleman (Boston, Mass.) also scored in double digits with 13 points.
In the first half, the Friars shot 38.5-percent from the field. With six minutes remaining in the half, Providence went on a 8-2 run to tie the game, 25-25, but the Bulldogs responded with a 5-4 run including the final two points to take the lead with under 10 seconds to play. The Friars trailed Bryant, 29-30 at the intermission, with Cotton scoring 20 of the Friars 29 points in the half. He shot 7-of-9 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line.
The Bulldogs extended their lead to as many as eight points in the second half (39-31), but the Friars would go on a 26-17 run to eventually take the lead, 57-56 with under four minutes to play. From then on Providence held on for the win, going on a 17-5 run to win the game, 72-61.
Overall, the Friars shot 44.4 percent from the field, including a season-high 91.7-percent from the free throw line. PC made 22-of-24 attempts.
There were four ties and seven lead changes.
With the win Providence improved to 5-0 versus New England opponents this season and 644-291 all-time against New England opponents. The Friars also won their 18th nonconference home game in a row. It is a streak that began with a victory over Yale on Dec. 21, 2009.
The Friars will take nine days off for final exams before returning to action to take on New Hampshire on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The game also will be televised on Cox Sports television.
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