MILWAUKEE, Wis - The Providence College men's basketball team was defeated by Marquette, 75-66, on Saturday, January 3 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis. It was the Friars' BIG EAST road opener. Senior LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) led the Friars with a game-high 28 points.
The Friars jumped out to a 12-5 lead in the first four minutes of the game before the Golden Eagles went on a 12-2 run to over the next six minutes and take a 17-14 lead. Marquette led for the remainder of the half until, freshman Paschal Chukwu (Westport, Conn.) made two free throws with seven seconds left in the half to force the 33-33 tie at intermission. Henton led PC with 11 points in the first 20 minutes of action.
In the second half, the Friars fell behind early and never recovered. Marquette's lead grew to 12 points with 9:56 left in the game when Juan Anderson made a layup. Henton then made consecutive three pointers for the Friars and cut the lead to six points (58-52) with 7:23 left in the game. The Friars got within four points (63-59) when sophomore Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.) made a jumper with2:38 left in the game. However, the Friars could not get a defensive stop and fouled Matt Carlino who hit two free throws and the game was out of reach for the Friars.
In addition to Henton's 28, Dunn also scored in double figures as he notched 11 points and added eight assists.
Anderson led Marquette with 18 points.
The Friars will return to action on Tuesday, January 6 at Butler.
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