The Providence College men's basketball defeated UMass, 85-65, on Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The Friars improved to 9-3, while the Minutemen moved to 6-5.
Sophomore guard Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.) registered his second double-double of the season and his career with 16 points and 11 assists. In addition, he notched five steals to high his career high. Senior forward LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) scored a game-high 27 points with six rebounds.
At the conclusion of the first half Providence held the lead, 37-24. The Friars dominated the first half with their largest lead being 15 points, coming with 43 seconds left (37-22). Henton led all in points (12) for the first half, followed by freshman guard Jalen Lindsey (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) with eight points.
In the second half, the Friars built their largest lead with 9:25 left in the second half when they were up 32 points (70-38). Leading up to the 32-point lead Providence was able to hold off UMass, allowing just five points in 6:22 minutes, while the Friars scored 21.
For the game, Providence held the advantage in rebounds (42-32), as well as turnovers (9-18). The Friars shot 45 percent from the field, going 33-of-73 with eight from 3-point territory. In the paint the Friars outscored the Minutemen, 46-28.
UMass was led by Maxie Esho with 17 points, followed by Donte Clark with 14 points.
The Friars will return to action on Monday, Dec. 22 when they play nationally ranked Miami at 9:00 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Fox Sports 1.
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