Providence 72, N.C. Asheville 67

Sunday, November 18, 2012 11:00 AM
Location - Coliseo de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
Officials - Rick Crawford, Hal Lusk, Steven Pyatt
Attendance - N/A

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
N.C. Asheville 25 42 67
Providence 32 40 72

Recap


Providence 72, UNC Asheville 67: Bryce Cotton returned after a one-game absence and poured in a season-high 30 points as the Friars edged the Bulldogs in the seventh-place game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Bayamon.

Kadeem Batts had 15 points and 11 rebounds and LaDontae Henton added 15 points as well as Providence (3-2) – which had just six scholarship players available – overcame a pair of difficult losses at the tournament.

Cotton, who injured his ankle in Thursday’s two-point loss to Massachusetts, showed no ill effects from his layoff with 15 first-half points. The Friars took a 32-25 lead at the break and established a 40-27 advantage early in the second half.

However, Trent Meyer and Jeremy Atkinson sparked a 12-0 run over a 4:21 stretch as UNC Asheville (1-4) narrowed the gap and eventually took the lead on a layup by Meyer with 3:19 remaining.

Cotton came up big down the stretch, scoring six of his team’s final nine points as the Bulldogs managed just three points the rest of the game. Meyer scored a team-high 20 points and Atkinson added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulldogs.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Providence returns to action on Friday when it hosts Fairfield, the school coach Ed Cooley left after the 2010-11 season to guide the Friars. … The double-double was the first of the season for Atkinson and fourth of his career. … Cotton’s career-high is 34 points against Bryant on Dec. 10, 2010.

NC-Asheville Bulldogs

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Keith Hornsby 34:00 3-7 1-2 3-4 3 3 6 3 2 3 4 0 10
Trent Meyer 39:00 8-18 4-9 0-1 1 2 3 1 3 2 0 0 20
Jeremy Atkinson 38:00 6-20 0-3 4-5 6 7 13 4 1 4 1 0 16
D.J. Cunningham 13:00 1-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 2
Jon Nwannunu 13:00 4-8 0-0 1-3 5 1 6 0 3 2 1 0 9
Will Weeks 26:00 2-3 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 1 3 1 3 0 4
Marcus Neely 23:00 2-8 1-3 1-1 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 0 6
Sam Hughes 14:00 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 1 0
TOTAL 200 26-71 6-17 9-14 19 16 35 10 18 14 12 1 67
  36.6% 35.3% 64.3% Team Rebs: 3   Total TO: 12

Providence Friars

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Bryce Cotton 40:00 11-19 2-6 6-7 0 5 5 5 1 1 1 0 30
Josh Fortune 39:00 3-7 1-4 1-2 1 2 3 1 1 0 8 0 8
Kadeem Batts 26:00 6-10 0-0 3-6 3 8 11 1 4 2 3 0 15
LaDontae Henton 38:00 5-9 3-5 2-4 1 9 10 1 3 3 3 1 15
Lee Goldsbrough 30:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 3 1 0 3 0 2
Ted Bancroft 12:00 0-2 0-1 0-0 2 0 2 0 2 1 1 0 0
Brice Kofane 15:00 1-1 0-0 0-2 1 0 1 0 3 0 1 1 2
TOTAL 200 27-49 6-16 12-21 8 28 36 11 15 7 20 2 72
  55.1% 37.5% 57.1% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 20