The Providence Friars went to 3-0 on the season after defeating the Florida A&M Rattlers 87-65. Bryce Cotton did his usual Bryce Cotton things, and everyone else chipped in with some scoring and defense. PC led by 20 at the half (after a Bryce Cotton floater in the lane at the buzzer — PC is sure getting good at that) and by as many as 34 late in the 2nd before putting in all the reserves.
Why the Friars Won: Florida A&M is just not very good, and they continued their poor shooting ways. The Rattlers did surprisingly well on the glass and got themselves more 2nd chance shots than usual, but then they went ahead and missed all of those too. Throw in the fact that they turned the ball over 20 times and had no way to stop Bryce Cotton (but then again WHO CAN?!), and you ultimately get Providence walk-ons getting some time and having a nice little Saturday (Chris Carter hit a three!).
Turning Point: Rarely does the turning point happen in the first few minutes of the game, but the Friars raced out to a quick start and never really looked back. Bryce Cotton was the leading scorer of the game with 26 points, but he also scored the games first 8 points that got PC going. After a bunch of missed long range shots to start off the game, Cotton found his stroke and hit a three and a toe-on-the-line two on consecutive trips.
Play of the Game: I didn’t see most of the 2nd half, but I’m 99% sure nothing in the rest of the game could have topped what Goldy did. After getting a quick outlet pass after a steal, Lee Goldsbrough ran the length of the court (did he travel? probably, but that’s not important) and made a sweet no-look pass to LaDontae Henton for a layup. As he ran back on defense he had a huge smile on his face. I guess he figured since Vincent Council was sitting for foul trouble and probably resting that ankle, someone would need to dish out the pretty passes. Well done Geordie Friar.
Vincent Council’s Status: Council started the game and his ankle appeared fine. He had to sit out quite some time in the first half after getting two quick blocking fouls called on him. In the end he played 31 minutes and came 1 assist away from a double-double.
First of Many: Freshman LaDontae Henton got his 1st double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Buckets. AND BOARDS.
Fun Stat I: When Mark Teal of Florida A&M scored for their 2nd basket of the game, it was the first points that Providence allowed off the bench this year.
Fun Stat II: Bryce Cotton is now shooting 9-15 from downtown on the season. 60%.
Fun Stat III: On top of some great assists, Lee Goldsbrough got in the scoring column for the first time this season with a 2nd half three.
ESPN: Recap (AP)
Bryce Cotton averaged only four points last season, but after a career-high 26-point performance in Providence’s 87-65 victory over Florida A&M, he is now averaging 22 points per game, tied for the highest in the Big East.
“He’s someone who really worked on his game over the summertime,” said Friars coach Ed Cooley, whose team is now 3-0. “I couldn’t be more pleased.”
Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Defeats Florida A&M, 87-65
Woonsocket Call: PC blow past Florida A&M