The Providence College men's basketball team defeated Florida State, 80-54, on Saturday, November 22 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. The Friars advance to 4-0 on the season, while Florida State moves to 1-2.
Senior forward LaDonate Henton registered his second double-double of the season with game-highs of 24 points and 10 boards. He was followed by sophomore guard Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.) and freshman guard Jalen Lindsey (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) as each chipped in with 15 points. Lindsey's 15 points were off five 3-pointers as he went 5-of-6 from the field. Dunn added nine assists and four steals in 36 minutes of action.
The Friar defense was stingy and did not allow a FSU field goal for the first 6:30 of the first half. By the end of the first half, the Friars had built a 34-19 lead. Dunn led in points (11), while Henton and junior forward Tyler Harris (Dix Hills, N.Y.) each grabbed five boards. The Friars shot 50 percent from the field (12-24), including three 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes of action.
In the second half, the Friars continued to build on their lead which was as large as 29 points. Henton and Dunn paced the Friars in the second half. Henton had 19 points and five boards and Dunn chipped in with four points and seven assists. Lindsey had 12 of his 15 points in the second half.
From the field, Providence shot 54 percent (29-54) for the game, while Florida State shot 39 percent (18-46). The Friars dominated the Seminoles in the paint, outscoring FSU, 32-22. Providence also outrebounded FSU, 34-28.
The game finished without any lead changes as the Friars dominated the entire game.
Aaron Thomas led the Seminoles with 16 points, followed by Montay Brendon with 13 points.
Providence will return to action to take on Notre Dame on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2 at Mohegan Sun. It will mark the Friars' final game in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.
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