Newark, NJ, United States (4E Sports) – Bryce Cotton scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Providence Friars over Seton Hall, 67-55, Sunday.
LaDontae Henton added 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Vincent Council chipped in 11 points and eight assists for Providence.
It was the Friars’ (9-7) first Big East win after three losses.
They took total command with a 22-5 first-half run, keeping the Pirates (12-5, 1-3) scoreless for almost six minutes.
Seton Hall’s Harald Karlis had two three-point plays during a stretch in which the Pirates climbed to within 28-19.
But the Friars outscored Seton Hall 10-2 over the final 4:43 to take a commanding 38-22 lead at halftime.
At one point in the first half the Pirates had taken just 15 shots due to 14 turnovers.
A layup by Kareem Batts pushed Providence’s lead to its largest at 40-22 with 19:27 left in the second half.
Seton Hall cut the lead to 49-35 on a driving basket by Aaron Cosby with 12:51 remaining. Then Tom Maayan nailed a 3-pointer and made a driving layup with 11:02 to go, bringing the Pirates to within 49-40.
But Cotton hit a long 3-pointer with 6:54 left, pushing the Providence lead to 58-44 and the Friars coasted from there.
Seton Hall was paced by Fuquan Edwin, who finished with 17 points.