The Providence College men's basketball team defeated Notre Dame, 75-74, on Sunday, Nov. 23 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. to capture the Dave Gavitt Cup by winning the Hall of Fame Tip-Off. The Friars improve to 5-0, while Notre Dame drops to 4-1 on the season.
Senior forward LaDontae Henton recorded a career-high 38 points, going 14-of-19 from the field with four 3-pointers.
At the conclusion of the first half, the Friars were able to grab a 39-25 lead thanks to Henton's 18 points after 20 minutes of play, including nine points from 3-point territory. He was followed by junior Tyler Harris who notched 13 of his 17 total points in the first half. The Friars shot 54 percent from the field going 14-of-26.
With five minutes left to play in the game, Notre Dame held an eight-point lead, 66-58. The Friars came back from the eight point deficit thanks to four made free throws from senior center Carson Desrosiers. The remainder of the game featured three more ties. With 43 seconds left in the game, PC regained the lead, 73-71, after a Henton 3-pointer. ND's Jerian Grant made a layup and was fouled. He converted the free-throw to put the Irish up one (74-73) with 28 seconds remaining. Henton gave the Friars the lead for good when he nailed two free throws put PC ahead for good, 75-74, with 14 seconds left. ND had several shots to earn the win, but the Friar defense held strong and earned the victory.
Harris added 17 points for the Friars. PC shot 56 percent (28-50) for the game from the field.
Pat Connaughton led the Fighting Irish with the only double-double of the game with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The game saw 12 lead changes and 11 ties between the Friars and the Fighting Irish.
The Friars will return to action to take on the Yale Bulldogs on Friday, Nov. 28 at 4:00 p.m. at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
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