Dec. 31, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Providence men's basketball team was defeated by the Georgetown Hoyas, 49-40, on Saturday, December 31 in Washington, D.C. The Friars are now 11-4 overall and 0-2 in the BIG EAST.
Freshman LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) led the team in points and registered his fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Junior guard Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 10 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Georgetown's Jason Clark led all players in scoring as he registered 16 points and nine rebounds. Henry Sims scored five of his 11 points in the final seven minutes of the game to help the Hoyas to their 10th consecutive victory this season.
In the first half, the Friars took an early 4-2 lead but the Hoyas would go on a 15-0 run to bring the score to, 17-4 with 10:23 to play in the half. Georgetown led by as many as 14 points until Providence brought the score to within eight points (27-19) on a 6-0 run with 2:42 to play in the half.
The Friars came out strong in the second half, going on a 16-8 run to tie the Hoyas, 35-35, with 8:03 to play. In the final 4:41 of the game the Friars did not score, as the Hoyas went on an 8-0 run to claim the victory, 49-40.
Overall, Providence shot 55 percent from the free throw line, as it was 11-for-20.
The Hoya victory marks the 60th time the two teams have met, with all but two coming since the formation of the BIG EAST Conference in 1979. Georgetown leads the series, 41-19, including a 21-4 advantage in Washington, D.C.
The Friars are back in action on Wednesday, January 4, when they open the home portion of their league schedule as they host No. 1 Syracuse at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The game will be televised locally on Cox with the opening tip at 9:00 p.m.
Tickets are still available for the game and they can be purchase on line at www.friars.com or by calling 401-865-GOPC.
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