Providence 80, Rhode Island 61

Bryce Cotton scored 16 of his game-high 19 points in the second

half to lead Providence to its seventh straight victory in an 80-61

nonconference win over Rhode Island on Friday night.

The Friars, the first road team to win a game in this annual

series in the last nine years, improved to 11-2 under new coach Ed

Cooley, while the loss was the eighth straight for the Rams (1-11).

Rhode Island is off to the program’s worst 12-game start since


Providence (11-2), winning for the first time in five tries at

Rhode Island’s Ryan Center, led by just two points at the half and

then ran away over the final 20 minutes.

Cotton, averaging 15.4 points per game, nailed back-to-back

3-pointers in an 8-0 spurt that turned a 41-40 lead to 49-40, and

the Friars extended the lead to 12, 57-45, with 12:03 left in the