Providence vs South Florida

Providence 76, South Florida 66

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Kadeem Batts scored 24 points and LaDontae Henton had 19 as Providence overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to beat South Florida 76-66 Wednesday night.

Providence (13-11, 5-7), which has won three consecutive Big East games for the first time since 2008-09, also got 13 points from Bryce Cotton. The Friars were coming off a 54-50 win over then-No. 17 Cincinnati on Feb. 6 in which Batts had 25 points and nine rebounds.

Batts scored 16 of his points during the second half. Providence, keyed by Vincent Council's 3-pointer and a go-ahead basket by Kris Dunn, scored the first 17 points of the second to take a 42-36 lead with 13 minutes left.

Victor Rudd had 26 points and Toarlyn Fitzpatrick chipped in 14 for South Florida (10-14, 1-11), which has lost seven in a row. The Bulls scored 50 points or less in four of their previous six games.

Rudd made a 3-pointer as the Bulls pulled within 66-61 with 2 minutes to go.

Council, who finished with 11 points, and Cotton helped preserve the Friars' win by making a combined six free throws down the stretch.

JaVontae Hawkins scored South Florida's first points in the second half on a basket with 12:57 remaining.

Providence went ahead 48-38 on Henton's dunk, which was part of a 23-2 second-half opening surge.

Rudd had 12 points to help South Florida grab a 36-25 halftime lead. The forward returned after missing one game because of a groin injury.

Anthony Collins' layup gave South Florida a 34-20 advantage 2 minutes before intermission.

Fitzpatrick made a 3 and Rudd had a dunk as South Florida took an early 10-2 lead. Baskets by Kore White and Collins extended the Bulls advantage to 20-7.

Henton connected on a long-range jumper during a 10-0 run that got Providence within 20-17 midway through the first.

The Bulls ended a 6-minute scoring drought when Martino Brock's jumper made it 22-17 with 6:30 to go in the half.

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Providence Friars
K. Batts, F378-168-1062424
L. Henton, F377-103-483219
B. Cotton, G403-116-626213
V. Council, G333-64-418311
K. Dunn, G242-30-15224
J. Fortune142-30-01015
T. Bancroft90-00-01100
L. Goldsbrough30-00-00000
B. Kofane30-00-01000
Totals 25-4921-2528221476
 51%84% 
South Florida Bulls
T. Fitzpatrick, F385-130-042414
V. Rudd, F3410-183-4122426
K. White, F282-20-14154
A. Collins, G395-132-3310112
J. Hawkins, G191-10-01032
M. Brock251-54-63016
Z. LeDay101-40-03022
J. Poland60-20-00000
J. Omogbehin10-00-00000
Totals 25-589-1434152066
 43.1%64.3% 
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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Villanova16-233-32
Butler12-623-1131
Georgetown12-622-1125
Providence11-722-1222
St. Johns10-821-1244
Xavier9-923-1430
Seton Hall6-1216-1597
DePaul6-1212-20197
Creighton4-1414-19151
Marquette4-1413-19147

American Athletic
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SMU15-327-712
Tulsa14-423-1145
Temple13-526-1134
Cincinnati13-523-1137
UConn10-820-1577
Memphis10-818-1483
Tulane6-1215-16214
E. Carolina6-1214-19220
UCF5-1312-18256
Houston4-1413-19239
So. Florida3-159-23273
 
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