Providence (11-5, 1-2) used a strong second half to roll to a 70-52 win over Big East rival Georgetown Wednesday night. It was Providence’s first win over the Hoyas since 2005.
After a rough start to their Big East schedule, the Friars were able to defend their home court against a strong Hoya team for their first conference win of the season.
It wasn’t a pretty start for the Friars, as they shot just 33% from the floor in the first half. However, Providence’s defensive intensity gave Georgetown fits, the main reason why the Friars took a 28-23 lead into the half. Kadeem Batts fed off of his strong game against Villanova to lead Providence with 11 first half points.
Georgetown came out battling in the second half and cut their deficit to three. But Josh Fortune drained two straight three-pointers to push the Friar lead to nine around the midway point of the second half, giving the Friars a cushion that they maintained throughout the remainder of the half.
Batts continued his impressive play into the second half and finished with a game high 21 points.
Bryce Cotton, who came into the game ranked first in the Big East in assists with 5.6 per game, dished out seven against the Hoyas and also added 20 points.
Fortune undoubtedly had his best game of the season, scoring 11 second half points and 13 for the game. He also added nine rebounds and five assists.
This has to be a good feeling for the Friars, who are looking to salvage their season through a plethora of disasters.
Providence will look to feed off of this win next Thursday, when they travel to St. John’s to continue conference play. The game will tip at 7:00 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports 1.