Providence 72, Bryant 61

Bryce Cotton scored 20 of his career-high 34 points in the first

half to lead Providence to a 72-61 win over Bryant on Saturday.

Cotton, who went 11 of 16 from the floor, made all 10 of his

free throw attempts for the Friars (9-2). LaDonta Henton had a

double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Bryant (1-9) led for much of the game, surging with a 9-2 run to

claim an eight-point lead in the second half. The Friars stormed

back to tie the game at 44 apiece, but some strong inside play by

Bryant’s Alex Francis helped the Bulldogs regain the advantage at

56-49.

But Cotton took control, scoring eight points in a row to take

the lead on a layup from Vincent Council. They continued their run

with eleven more unanswered points to create a 12-point

deficit.

Francis led Bryant with 17 points and 13 rebounds.