Providence 66, Fairfield 47

Bryce Cotton scored eight of his 21 points during a

game-breaking 17-0 run that carried Providence to a 66-47 win over

Fairfield on Friday night.

LaDontae Henton scored 15 and grabbed eight rebounds, and Josh

Fortune added 10 points for the Friars (4-2).

Derek Needham paced the Stags (3-3) with 18 points. Fairfield

shot just 35.2 percent (19 of 54) and committed 16 turnovers.

Cotton, who entered the game as the Big East’s leading scorer

with 24.5 points per game, went 6 of 13 from the floor, hitting his

only two 3s of the game in the key run.

Vincent Council, Providence’s leading scorer from last season at

15.9 points per game, missed his fifth straight contest. He

suffered a leg injury 5 minutes into the season opener.

The Friars, who beat UNC Ashville in the third round of the

Puerto Rico Tip-off tournament Sunday, led by eight at

halftime.