PC Men’s Basketball Earns Big Road Win Over Butler

Cotton leads Providence past Butler 87-81

       INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Bryce Cotton scored 28 points, 11 straight in the first half, to lead Providence in an 87-81 win over Butler.

        LaDontae Henton added 15 points for Providence (18-10, 8-7), while Josh Fortune, Tyler Harris and Kadeem Batts had 14 apiece.

        Kellen Dunham scored 25 points and Khyle Marshall chipped in 22 for the Bulldogs (12-15, 2-13) who have now lost six straight.

        Butler trailed 46-33 at halftime but the Bulldogs used a 15-2 run and nine points from Dunham to take a 50-48 lead.

        Providence retook the lead for good on a Henton 3-pointer with just under 10 minutes left and the Friars made 12 of 15 free throws in the final 4 minutes to seal it.

        The Friars, whose NCAA tournament resume couldn't afford a loss to the Big East's second-worst team, put considerable distance between themselves and Butler with a 15-4 run in the first half.