Dec. 6, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team defeated cross-state rival Rhode Island, 72-57, in a thrilling Thursday night (Dec. 6) match-up at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. The victory gave the Friars five consecutive wins on the season.
Junior Kadeem Batts (Powder Springs, Ga.) led the Friars with 10 points during the first half. Providence was tested by Rhode Island, who drew 13 turnovers in the first half. Providence kept the lead by out-rebounding the Rams, 21-13, and drawing 11 turnovers from a Rhode Island squad that has averaged just 10.8 per game this season. There were five lead changes ending with PC up 27-26 at the end of the first half.
Providence opened the second half with an early 6-0 run and Batts added eight points during that time, keeping the Friars on top as Rhode Island matched the Friars' efforts.
Sophomore LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) came alive in the second half with 15 points. Providence led by as many as 13 points but finished the game on top, 72-57.
Henton finished with his fourth double-double of the season with 21 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. Batts had his third 20-plus point game of the season, finishing with 23. Freshman Josh Fortune (Hampton, Va.) finished the game with 17 points and a career high five steals. Fortune has scored in double-figures three other times this season. Junior Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) also finished in double-figures with 11 points and added a career-high seven assists.
This was the last game before the finals break for the Friars. Providence's next game will be against Colgate on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I.