Men's Basketball Cruises Past Maine, 94-70

Dec. 21, 2013

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team defeated Maine, 94-70, on Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence. Senior Kadeem Batts (Boston, Mass.) scored his 1,000 point as a Friar and recorded a double-double with 22 points (10-of-13) and 11 rebounds.  Friar senior Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) also added a double-double with 22 points and 10 assists. Providence (10-2) has won 33 consecutive home non-conference regular season games and improves to 7-0 at home this year.

Cotton didn't miss a field goal in the first half until 2:55 was remaining in the opening period. He finished the half with 19 points, shooting 7-of-9 overall, 5-for-7 from 3-point range, helping Providence take a 56-33 lead into the break. Batts' 1,000 point came with a layup at the 8:31 mark. The 56 points scored by the Friars was their highest point total in a half this season.

Providence carried its momentum into the second half en route to its 24-point victory. In the second half, the Friars shot 44 percent from the field (15-of-34). Maine (1-9) shot 57 percent in the half (17-for-30).

Batts' double-double was his fourth of the season. Cotton recorded his second double-double. Sophomore Tyler Harris (Dix Hills, N.Y.) had a strong game with 18 points and six rebounds.

The Friars doubled Maine's rebounding total, recording 46 boards to the Black Bears' 23. Providence also capitalized on turnovers, scoring 21 points. The 94 points scored by Providence's was the team's highest total of the season and its highest ever in Ed Cooley's three seasons as a head coach.

Zarko Valjarevic led the Black Bears in scoring with 16 points.

The Friars travel to Amherst, Mass. to square off against No. 22/20 UMass on Saturday, Dec. 28 in the team's final non-conference game of the regular season. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. (ET) and will air on ESPNU.




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