BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The Providence College men's basketball team defeated Miami, 76-62, on Monday, Dec. 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Friars improved to 10-3, while the Hurricanes moved to 9-3. The Friars improved to 3-1 on the season versus ACC schools and 3-0 in neutral arenas against the ACC.
Sophomore guard Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.) notched his third double-double of his career and the season, scoring 15 points and contributing a game-high 13 assists. He also registered five rebounds and three steals. Senior forward LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) had a game-high 25 points and grabbed five rebounds.
After leading for most of the first half, the two teams finished 20 minutes of play tied, 33-33. Miami went on a 5-0 run over the final 1:27 of the half to force the tie. The Friars' largest lead of the half was nine points. For the first half, the Friars were led by Dunn with 10 points, followed by Henton contributing seven points. Miami's Angel Rodrigues led all in the first half with 11 points.
The Friars opened the second half with an 8-0 run and never looked back. PC built its largest lead of the game with 4:42 left in the second half at 17 points (72-55). Henton was the leader for Providence in the second half, scoring 18 of his 25 in the final 20 minutes of action.
In addition to Henton and Dunn, junior Tyler Harris (Dix Hills, N.Y.) and senior Carson Desrosiers (Windham, N.H.) also scored in double figures for the Friars. Harris had 13 points and Desrosiers registered 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
The Hurricanes were led by Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan with 19 and 17 points, respectively.
For the game, the Friars held the advantage from the paint (48-28), as well as on the boards (35-31). The Friars shot 55 percent from the field (29-of-53), versus Miami's 37 percent (22-of-59). PC also held the Hurricanes to 18.5 percent (5-27) from three-point territory.
The Friars will return to action to begin their BIG EAST play against Creighton on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The game will be aired on Fox Sports 1.
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