The Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Bryce Cotton scored 24 points, hitting five 3-pointers, to propel Providence to a 62-59 win over St. John's on Saturday night.
Cotton made his final trey as he was fouled with 3:46 remaining, putting the Friars (16-12, 8-8 Big East) squarely in the lead.
Sir'Dominic Pointer's missed layup with 8 seconds remaining - belying an impressive 13-point, 10-rebound game- ended the Red Storm's chances at sending the game to overtime.
Kadeem Batts scored 15 points, but his defensive play, with nine boards and a vital rebound with 3 minutes remaining that kept the Friars in the lead, was his most important contribution.
St. John's (16-12, 8-8) played without leading scorer D'Angelo Harrison, who was suspended by coach Steve Lavin one day before the game. Lavin said Harrison, who averaged 17.8 points per game to rank third in the Big East, would not return this season.