Providence 81, Marquette 80 (2 OT)
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[March 05, 2014]
PROVIDENCE, R.I. —
Providence 81, Marquette 80 (2 OT): Bryce Cotton capped a 25-point effort with the decisive free throws in
the closing seconds as the Friars outlasted the visiting Golden Eagles
in a thriller between Big East teams resting on the NCAA Tournament
Cotton, who played all 50 minutes, hit 13-of-15 from the
free-throw line but none bigger than the two he made after forcing a
turnover with 10 seconds left and then getting fouled on the ensuing
inbounds pass. LaDontae Henton scored 20 points and grabbed a
season-high 16 rebounds and Josh Fortune had all of his 15 points
after halftime for Providence (20-10, 10-7), which snapped a 10-game
losing streak versus Marquette and moved into a third-place tie with
Xavier in the conference.
Todd Mayo scored 21 of his career-high 26 points after halftime to
lead Marquette (17-13, 9-8), including three free throws in the
closing seconds of regulation to force the first overtime. Davante
Gardner collected 15 points and 10 rebounds and Jamil Wilson had 11
points and a career-best 14 boards as the Golden Eagles finished
with a 54-39 advantage on the boards.
Gardner scored and Mayo hit two free throws to give Marquette an
80-77 lead with 28 seconds left before Henton scored in the lane to
make it a one-point game with 10 ticks remaining. Cotton tied up
Jake Thomas on the Golden Eagles' inbounds pass — giving possession
to the hosts — and was fouled moments later, hitting both at the
line before Mayo missed at the buzzer.
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Fortune had two four-point plays in the second half, the second of
which put Providence up 59-56 with 24 seconds to go, but he then
fouled Mayo beyond the arc on the other end to allow the Golden
Eagles to force the extra session. Mayo's 3-pointer made it 71-70
with 29 seconds left in the first OT before Carson Desrosiers split
a pair of free throws at the other end and Mayo missed at the horn
to send it to a second overtime.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Henton had 14 points in the first half to help
Providence take a 29-27 lead at the break. ... Gardner hit a shot
from three-quarters court at the end of regulation but it came just
after the buzzer. ... Providence became the first team in Big East
history to play four double-overtime games in a season.
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