Friars stay hot, edge Bulldogs

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The Friars (14-5, 4-2) topped the Bulldogs of Butler last night, 65-56, stretching their current Big East win streak to four games.

In a relatively empty Dunkin’ Donuts Center, the friars got off to a slow start, falling behind Butler early. However, LaDontae Henton scored the first seven first half points for the Friars and had a team-high 11 points in the opening half, leading Providence to a 29-26 lead at the half.

After scoring only two first half points, Bryce Cotton once again put the team on his back, scoring 16 second half points to finish with a game-high 18 points.

The Bulldogs kept the game relatively close until the 4:07 mark, when Kadeem Batts hit a clutch shot to give the Friars a 61-49 lead, their largest lead of the game.

Batts struggled offensively starting the game just 2-of-10 from the field, but hit his final three shots to finish with 14 points. The story, however, was his dominance on the glass, pulling down a game-high 17 rebounds.

Henton and Tyler Harris chipped in with 12 points apiece.

Kellen Dunham led the Bulldogs with a team-high 17 points, despite scoring only five in the second half.

The Friars have a tough test coming up, as they’ll host Xavier (15-4, 5-1) at the Dunk this Saturday at noon.

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