Dec. 28, 2013
Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) had a game-best 24 points (8-of-18).
In overtime UMass (11-1) jumped out to a 65-61 lead 4:10 into the period. Providence (10-3) climbed back to within one (65-64) when sophomore Tyler Harris (Dix Hills, N.Y.) sunk two free throws. Cotton hit a 3-pointer with 36 seconds remaining in overtime to knot game at 67. Derrick Gordon then put back a rebound for UMass to give the Minutemen the victory.
In the second half, Cotton hit a layup with 10 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. UMass put together two ten-point leads in the second half but the Friars fought back multiple times.
The two teams battled back-and-forth in the first half with Providence taking a 29-28 lead into the locker room. The Friars shot 43-percent (12-of-28) in the opening half and went 0-for-7 from beyond the arc. The Friars recorded five blocks in the period with junior Carson Desrosiers (Windham, N.H.) leading the way with three. UMass shot 39-percent in the half (12-for-31) and hit three 3-pointers (3-for-8). The half saw six lead changes and three ties. Providence's largest lead was seven while UMass' largest lead was three.
Harris and junior LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) recorded double figures for the Friars with 16 and 13 points, respectively. Providence didn't hit a 3-pointer until 2:46 was remaining in regulation. For the game the Friars shot 39-percent from the field (24-for-61, 2-of-13 3-pt.)
Cady LaLanne recorded a double-double for UMass with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sampson Carter also had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Three other Minutemen reached double-digits in scoring. UMass registered 23 bench points to Providence's zero.
The Friars return home to the Dunkin' Donuts Center and start BIG EAST play against Seton Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m. (ET). The game will air nationally on Fox Sports 1.
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