LaDonte Henton scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Providence Friars to a 70-49 victory over visiting Vermont in non-conference men's basketball action at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Monday. The Friars improve to 4-0, while Vermont falls to 1-3 overall.
Luke Apfeld led the Catamounts with 14 points, netting 12 in the second half. Clancy Rugg registered his fifth career double-double with 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
Providence led 8-7 at the 14:37 mark of the first half. A basket by Carson Desrosiers on PC's next possession sparked a 22-7 run over the final 14 minutes of the first stanza allowing the Friars to take a 30-14 lead at the break.
Vermont, which was playing with nine healthy players, struggled shooting the ball, hitting just 16.7 percent of its shots from the field in the first 20 minutes. Providence shot 48.3 percent from the floor.
UVM used a 10-1 spurt to start second half to climb back within seven, 31-24 with 16:16 remaining. However, the Friars answered with 13-0 run to push lead back to 20, 46-26 with 11:19 left in the half. Providence maintained the double-digit lead the rest of the way.
The Catamounts rebounded to shoot 48.3 percent from the field in the second stanza, but the Friars finished the game shooting 50 percent form the floor.
"I was happy with the effort tonight. I thought we played our tails off and we battled in there," said Vermont head coach John Becker. "We made a run in the second half, but we were 4-for-25 in the first half and couldn't make shots and layups and the free throw shooting was 50 percent its hard to Big East with numbers like that. The team battled in the second half and it was a much better effort than Saturday."
Vermont continues on the road, traveling to Staten Island, N.Y. to face Wagner on Thursday (Nov. 21) for a 7 p.m. game.
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