CINCINNATI, OHIO - The Providence College men's basketball team was
defeated by Xavier, 59-53, on Saturday, February 8 at the Cintas Arena.
The Friars had the ball, trailing by two points (55-53) with one minute
left in the game, however, Xavier's Semaj Christon stripped the ball
from senior Bryce Cotton
(Tucson, Ariz.) and Xavier converted an easy basket to give the
Musketeers a four point lead with 43 seconds left in the game. The
Friars turned the ball over on their next possession and Xavier
converted two free throws to earn the six point win.
The first half was a back and forth game that featured seven ties and six lead changes. Sophomore guard Josh Fortune
(Hampton, Va.) was the difference for the Friars, connecting on five of
his seven shots, including two from behind the arc, to pace the Friar
offense with 12 points. As a team, the Friars shot 42 percent and
outrebounded the Musketeers, 18-13. Matt Stainbrook had a team-high
nine points for Xavier.
Xavier opened the second half with an 11-5 run that allowed them
to open up the game in the first six minutes of the second half. The
Friars were not able to regain the lead in the second half.
Fortune led the Friars with a game-high 17 points. It marked his
BIG EAST career-high. Cotton was held to just nine points and seven
assists. Junior LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) was the only other Friar to score in double figures as he added 14 points.
Stainbrook and Justin Martin led Xavier with 13 points each.
The Friars return to action on Monday at 7 p.m. at Georgetown on Fox Sports 1.