PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College men's basketball defeated Georgetown in overtime, 60-57, on Saturday, Jan. 10 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The Friars improved to 13-4, 3-1 BIG EAST, while the Hoyas fell to 10-5, 2-2 BIG EAST. For the Friars it marked their first overtime game this season. Providence is now 57-61 all-time in overtime games.
Junior Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.) was the hero for the Friars in overtime as he scored eight of the team's 10 points in the extra five-minute session. He finished the game with 16 points, nine rebounds the three steals.
The first half ended with Providence leading, 23-21. The Friars largest lead in the first half was six points, which came with 15:37 left and PC held a 9-3 lead. SeniorLaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) led-all in the first half with 12 points and he grabbed four boards. Seniro Carson Desrosiers (Windham, N.H.) led all in rebounds with five and also contributed four points.
In the second half, Georgetown controlled play for most of the first 12 minutes. The Hoyas' largest lead of seven points came with 8:17 left, 41-34. The Friars came back to hold the Hoyas off with a seven point run to tie the game at 41 with 5:27 left in the game. Georgetown then rebuilt a five-point lead with 3:59 remaining, 46-41. However, the runs continued for the Friars as they came back with a six point run to lead, 47-46, with 1:57 left in regulation. After a layup by D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera to put the Hoyas up by one point, Henton hit two freethrows to give PC a 50-48 lead. Paul White missed a three pointer for the Hoyas, but Josh Smith grabbed the rebound and his layup tied the game at 50-50 sending the contest into overtime.
White hit a jumper to put the Hoyas up in OT, but the Friars scored the next eight points, including a three pointer by Dunn, to take a 58-52 lead with 2:01 left in the game. Georgetown chipped away and got the game to one point (58-57) with 16 seconds left, but Dunn made two free throws to put the Friars up by three with 10 seconds remaining. Georgetown was not able to get a three off and the Friars earned their third league win of the season.
Henton led all scorers with 19 points. Desroisers chipped in with nine points, 10 boards and four blocks.
Georgetown was led by Josh Smith who recorded a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Smith-Rivera also had 15 points.
Providence will return to action on Wednesday versus 24th-ranked St. John's at Dunkin' Donuts Center at 7:00 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.
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