Dec. 18, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Energized by the debut of freshman Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.) and sophomore Sidiki Johnson (Harlem, N.Y.), the Providence men's basketball team (8-2) brushed off Colgate, 79-45, on Tuesday night at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Dunn tied a freshman school-record with 13 assists, set by three others, most recently by Donnie McGrath on Nov. 30, 2002. The rookie also had seven points and six rebounds in 27 minutes. Dunn also established a freshman school record for the most assists in his PC debut.
Junior guard Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) led the Friars with a game-high 21 points, including five 3-pointers. Cotton entered the game as the top scorer in the BIG EAST at 20.8 ppg.
Freshman Josh Fortune (Hampton, Va.) had 17 points and shot 7-of-10 from the field. Sophomore LaDonte Henton (Lansing, Mich.) notched his fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Henton has 14 double-doubles in his career.
The Friars had four players score in double figures for the first time this year. Johnson also had a solid game with eight rebounds, four points and three blocks.
Colgate began the game shooting well from 3-point range making four of their first four attempts. PC head coach Ed Cooley called a pair of timeouts and PC rolled from there.
The Friars trailed 12-7 with 15:43 left in the first half, but went on a run to tie it. With the game knotted at 14-14, the Friars used a 9-0 spurt and led 23-14 with 11:21 remaining in the first half. Providence led by as many as 14 in the first half (34-20) and went into intermission with a 39-28 advantage.
The Friars never trailed in the second half. Over the final 20 minutes, the Friars led by as many as 40 (79-39).
Providence shot 46-percent from the field and made a season-high 11 3-pointers. The Friars also held a 48-32 edge in rebounds. Providence held a 20-8 edge in points off of turnovers.
Colgate was led by senior Murphy Burnatowski who had 11 points.
Providence College wore green uniforms, which is the school color of Sandy Hook Elementary. The team wore the green uniforms in honor of the victims of last week's shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Providence returns to action on Sat. Dec. 22 at Boston College. The 2 p.m. ET game can be seen online on ESPN3.com
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