Providence (16-6, 6-3) fought off a stingy DePaul team Saturday afternoon on the road, racing out to a big lead and holding on for a 77-72 win.
The Friars got 13 first half points from Tyler Harris and 11 from senior Bryce Cotton to sustain a double-digit lead for most of the first half, but DePaul stormed back late, cutting their deficit to just 42-37 at the half.
Providence held their lead until the midway point of the second half, when DePaul senior Edwind McGhee drained his first two three-pointers of the season, the second coming on a fortunate bounce, to tie the game 62-62. However, the Friars’ big three of Harris, Cotton and LaDontae Henton was just too much for the Blue Demons down the stretch. The Friar trio combined for 65 of the Friars’ 77 points in the game, including 17 from Cotton in the second half.
After scoring a grotesque 14 points in the first half at Marquette Thursday night, the Friars scored 42 first half points Saturday on 61% shooting from the floor.
DePaul was led by freshman guard R.J. Curington, who the Friars had a tough time containing, pouring in a team-high 22 points.
With a win and a Xavier loss to Seton Hall, the Friars now obtain sole possession of third place in the Big East with a record of 6-3.
The Friars will be back in action on Tuesday, when they return to the Dunk to host St. John’s, who’s coming off of a big win against Marquette on Saturday. The game will tip at 7:00 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports 1.