Bryce Cotton scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half
and had six assists for Providence (14-5, 4-2 Big East), which
had a 37-22 advantage on the boards. LaDontae Henton and Tyler
Harris added 12 points each for the Friars, who won their last
three games in a six-day period.
Kellen Dunham led the way with 17 points and six rebounds for
Butler (11-8, 1-6), which has dropped six of its last seven
contests. Khyle Marshall contributed 15 points for the Bulldogs,
who shot 36 percent in the first half.
Dunham scored 14 in the first half, including a 3-pointer midway
through for a six-point edge. Harris countered with 10 points in
the opening 20 minutes – five during a 9-0 run that gave the
Friars the lead – and Providence settled for a 29-26 advantage
at intermission after going up by seven.
The Friars pushed the lead to eight after a Harris basket before
Butler battled back as close as two. Batts started the decisive
13-3 run with a short shot in the lane while Josh Fortune,
Henton and Cotton each drained a 3-pointer as the Friars took a
61-49 lead and held off a late surge.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Providence, which came in leading the nation in
free-throw shooting at 79.6 percent, made 14-of-16 free throws
and improved to 10-1 at home. … Butler freshman F Andrew
Chrabascz, who is from Portsmouth, R.I., came off the bench to
score eight points in the second half. … It was the first
meeting between the programs.
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