Friars Overcome Slow Start to Top La Salle

After falling in a 10-0 hole early, the Friars ended the first half on a 30-16 run and never looked back in a 71-63 win over La Salle Sunday night to punch their ticket to the championship of the Paradise Jam.

Taking some time to adapt to the play of La Salle, Providence switched from zone to man after early defensive woes, paying instant dividends.

Although battling foul trouble, Kadeem Batts sparked Providence in the first half with a much needed 11 points, establishing a presence inside.

In the second half, it was the Tyler Harris show. Harris finished with a game high 22 points, including some big buckets and free throws down the stretch.

Batts added seven second half points to chip in with 18 points.

Despite a 3-for-15 shooting performance, Bryce Cotton finished the game in double-figures with 11 points.

La Salle was led by Jerrell Wright and Tyreek Duren, who each netted 16 points.

The Friars will look for their first 7-0 start since the 1988-89 season Monday night, when they take on Maryland at 10pm for the Paradise Jam championship.

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