Providence 73, Mississippi St. 63

Saturday, December 1, 2012 12:00 PM
Location - Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island
Officials - Jim Burr, Doug Shows, Lamar Simpson
Attendance - 6156

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Mississippi St. 21 42 63
Providence 39 34 73

Recap

Providence 73, Mississippi State 63: Kadeem Batts scored a career-high 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting and hauled in eight rebounds as the host Friars held off a late Bulldogs run in the SEC/Big East Challenge.

Mississippi State, which trailed by as much as 24, rattled off an 18-4 run in the final minutes as a 3-pointer from Fred Thomas pulled the Bulldogs within 68-63 with 51 seconds left. Batts and LaDontae Henton both hit a pair of free throws to seal the Providence victory.

Henton scored 18 points on 5-of-8 shooting and added five rebounds for the Friars (6-2). Wendell Lewis led Mississippi State (2-5) with 16 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

Providence knocked down six of its first seven shots, running out to a 13-1 lead 4:40 into regulation. A three-point play from Batts capped an 8-0 Friars run as the lead ballooned to 26-10 with 8:42 left in the first half.

After taking a 39-21 edge into halftime, Providence increased its cushion to 59-35 with 11:02 left on a jumper by Batts before Mississippi State pulled within five in the final minute.

GAME NOTEBOOK: This was the first meeting between the two programs. … Providence assisted on 18 of 25 made baskets. … The Friars improved to 5-0 at home this season.

Mississippi St. Bulldogs

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Roquez Johnson 27:00 2-7 0-1 6-11 5 1 6 0 2 1 2 0 10
Tyson Cunningham 18:00 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 2
Trivante Bloodman 34:00 1-5 0-1 0-1 4 4 8 4 4 2 4 0 2
Gavin Ware 15:00 3-8 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 6
Craig Sword 32:00 3-14 0-7 3-4 2 2 4 3 2 3 4 0 9
Fred Thomas 30:00 5-14 2-10 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 1 2 0 12
Wendell Lewis 24:00 6-8 0-0 4-4 4 7 11 0 3 1 1 1 16
Colin Borchert 20:00 3-8 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 4 0 1 0 6
TOTAL 200 23-64 2-22 15-22 15 21 36 10 20 8 14 1 63
  35.9% 9.1% 68.2% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 14

Providence Friars

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
LaDontae Henton 33:00 5-8 0-1 8-8 2 4 6 2 3 1 1 0 18
Josh Fortune 40:00 2-11 1-4 2-2 0 3 3 7 1 2 5 0 7
Kadeem Batts 37:00 12-18 0-0 8-10 1 7 8 2 3 1 3 3 32
Lee Goldsbrough 19:00 0-2 0-1 0-1 0 2 2 3 4 0 1 0 0
Bryce Cotton 16:00 3-6 1-3 2-3 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 9
Brice Kofane 23:00 1-2 0-0 1-4 3 4 7 0 1 0 1 3 3
Ted Bancroft 32:00 2-7 0-3 0-0 4 3 7 2 4 1 1 2 4
TOTAL 200 25-54 2-12 21-28 10 23 33 18 17 5 12 8 73
  46.3% 16.7% 75.0% Team Rebs: 3   Total TO: 12