Friars dominate Blue Demons

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Providence (17-9, 7-6) downed DePaul at the Dunk Saturday afternoon, dominating from start to finish in an 84-61 win. With the win, the Friars snapped a three-game losing streak, picking up their first win since at DePaul on February 1.

Bryce Cotton led six Friars in double-figures in the game with 22 points, including 10 points, four rebounds, and four assists in the opening half en route to a 49-26 first half Friar lead.

For the first time in a long time, Cotton didn’t play the whole game, getting short rests at the end of each half.

In a must win game, Providence had one of their best shooting performances of the season, shooting 52.9% from the field as a team. They were also dominant down low, outrebounding DePaul 37-30 and blocking nine shots.

Providence also got big contributions from a number of players. In addition to Cotton’s 22, Kadeem Batts (15 points and eight rebounds), LaDontae Henton (13 points and seven rebounds), Carson Desrosiers (12 points, five rebounds, and two blocks), Tyler Harris (10 points and six rebounds), and Josh Fortune (10 points) all scored in double-figures.

DePaul was led by shooting guard Brandon Young, who poured in 18 points and dished out six assists.

Before Saturday, Providence still remained in ESPN’s Joe Lunardi’s last four in for the NCAA Tournament.

The Friars will look to build off of their strong effort on Saturday when they welcome in #6 Villanova on Tuesday night at the Dunk. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. and the game will be televised on Fox Sports 1.

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