The Providence College men's basketball team defeated Rhode Island, 68-60, on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The game marked the 125th meeting all-time between the two programs. With the win, the Friars improved to 7-3, while the loss drops Rhode Island to 5-3.
Senior guard Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.) scored a team-high 22 points and a recorded a game-high nine rebounds. Junior forward Tyler Harris (Dix Hills, N.Y.) followed Dunn with 17 points and record four assists for the Friars.
The Friars dominated the majority of the first half with just one lead change. The Friars held a five-point lead at the end of the first half, 31-26. Senior LaDontae Henton(Lansing, Mich.) led all in scoring with 11, followed by Dunn with 10 points and five rebounds. Providence held the largest lead in the first half when it led 18-12.
For the game, Providence outscored Rhode Island from the paint, 40-34, and held the advantage in rebounding at 32-26, including a 18-7 margin in the final 20 minutes of play. The Friars largest lead came in the second half, 55-43, with 7:51 left in the game. The Friars shot 50 percent from the field for the game, going 23-of-46. The Friars also shot a season high 81 percent (21-26) from the free-throw line.
Henton added 15 points. Freshman Paschal Chukwu (Westport, Conn.) registered a career-high nine points after going 4-4 from the field.
Rhode Island's E.C. Matthews had the game-high in points with 27.
The Friars will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 13 when they host Stony Brook at 12:00 p.m. on Fox Sports Net, it will be the third of four consecutive home games for PC.
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