Men's Basketball Tops Yale 76-74

    Dec. 17, 2013

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team defeated Yale 76-74 on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Senior Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) led the Friars with 21 points and shot 8-of-14 from the floor. Providence (9-2) has won 32 consecutive home nonconference regular season games and move to 6-0 at home this year.

    Yale (5-5) and Providence traded the lead four times with five ties in the second half. The Bulldogs pulled within one (73-72) with 49-seconds left in the game, but junior LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) answered with a layup with 22-seconds left and Providence held on for the win.

    Providence opened up the first half with five straight 3-pointers and jumped out to a 15-5 lead. In the final seven minutes of the frame, Yale put together a 20-7 run to head into the break tied at 35. The Friars tallied seven 3-pointer in the half, which tied their highest single-half performance this season, also set in the second half of the Vermont game on Nov. 18.

    Sophomore Tyler Harris (Dix Hills, N.Y.) added 19 points for Providence and Henton chipped in 13 points.

    Justin Sears had a career-high 31 points for Yale to lead all scorers.

    Providence shot 50-percent from the field and made eight 3-pointers. The Friars also held a 29-27 edge on the glass, including a 18-7 mark in the second half.

    The Friars return to action on Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center against Maine. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. (ET) and will air on Fox Sports Net and locally on Cox Sports.