Men's Basketball Defeats Intra-state Foe Rhode Island, 80-61




    Dec. 23, 2011

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence men's basketball team (11-2) defeated the Rhode Island Rams (1-11) by the score of 80-61, on Friday, December 23, at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I. The game marks the first time the Friars have earned a victory at the Ryan Center.

    Three Friars scored in double-digits versus the Rams. Sophomore Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) led the team in scoring with 19 points. Sophomore Gerard Coleman (Boston, Mass.) added 16 while junior Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) registered 15 points. Freshman Brice Kofane (Yaounde, Cameroon) grabbed 10 rebounds and nearly registered a double-double as he also added eight points.

    The Rams opened the game with a 14-7 run to gain what would be their largest lead of the night. The Friars responded with a 10-2 run with 12:23 on the clock to take the lead, 17-16. In the remaining minutes of the half, the two teams traded baskets. Providence entered the locker room leading 35-33. In the half, Council and Coleman each scored in double-figures with 11 and 10, respectively.

    The Friars came out of the gate with a 20-12 run in the second half to extend their lead to 12 points (57-48), including back-to-back three-pointers from Cotton. Providence would eventually lead Rhode Island by as many as 22 points. Overall, the Friars shot 48.3 percent from the field (28-for-58) and 63 percent from the free throw line (22-of-35).

    The game marks the 122nd time the two teams have met and the first time in history that Providence has registered a win at the Ryan Center. The Friars now hold a 68-54 edge in the series and a 29-29 record at Rhode Island. The Friars have posted a 7-0 record versus New England opponents following the victory over the Rams. Providence is 646-291 all-time against New England opponents.

    The victory is Providence's third true road win of the season. It is the first time the Friars have earned three true road non-conference victories over Division I teams since the BIG EAST was founded in 1979-80.

    The Friars are back in action when they begin BIG EAST play at St. John's on Tuesday, December 27. The game will be televised live on Cox with the opening tip at 7:00 p.m. at Carnesecca Arena.