Providence vs South Florida

South Florida 81, Providence 78


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Hugh Robertson and Anthony Collins scored 15 points each, Ron Anderson Jr. added 14, and South Florida beat Providence 81-78 on Sunday.

Toarlyn Fitzpatrick chipped in 13 points and Augustus Gilchrist 11 for South Florida (13-9, 6-3 Big East), which has already surpassed its overall (10) and conference (three) victory totals from last season.

Providence (12-10, 1-8) got a career-high 33 points from LaDontae Henton. The Friars have lost 20 consecutive Big East road games since beating DePaul 79-62 on Jan. 14, 2010.

Robertson had four points and Jawanza Poland connected on a go-ahead jumper during an 8-0 run to put South Florida up 55-53 midway through the second half.

After Henton converted three free throws to cut the Providence deficit to two, 80-78, South Florida's Victor Rudd Jr. hit 1 of 2 from the line with 5 seconds left.

Providence could do no better than play to a 39-all tie at halftime despite Henton scoring 24 points. The freshman forward entered with a career-best of 21 points, coming against Boston College on Dec. 8.

Vincent Council had five points early on in the second half as Providence took a 46-41 lead. Henton didn't take his first shot of the second half, an in-close basket that gave the Friars a 51-45 advantage, until the 7-minute mark.

The Bulls grabbed a 69-60 lead on Robertson's 3 with 4 1/2 minutes to go. After Providence got within 78-75, Rudd secured the South Florida win on two late free throws.

Henton had a three-point play, hit a 3 and Bryce Cotton added a long-range jumper to put Providence ahead 36-29 with 4:15 left in the first half. Cotton had 16 points overall.

Anderson scored two of his 12 first-half points on a game-tying layup 12 seconds before halftime.

Council finished with 10 points. The junior guard had 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in the Friars' previous game, an 86-74 loss at Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

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Providence Friars
L. Henton, F4010-149-1170233
L. Goldsbrough, F191-10-02022
K. Batts, F183-62-33158
B. Cotton, G405-113-343416
V. Council, G404-152-4210110
B. Dixon223-51-17047
G. Coleman190-42-22312
B. Kofane20-00-00010
Totals 26-5619-2432172078
South Florida Bulls
R. Anderson Jr., F337-90-162214
V. Rudd, F232-95-67329
A. Gilchrist, F223-75-730111
A. Collins, G375-83-526315
H. Robertson, G376-122-223115
T. Fitzpatrick255-80-171413
J. Poland201-42-32224
B. Nash30-00-00000
Totals 29-5717-2533171581
Big East
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Seton Hall10-821-1244
St. Johns7-1114-19140

Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Middle Tenn.17-131-535
La. Tech14-423-10117
Old Dominion12-619-12136
Western Ky.9-915-17226
UT-San Antonio8-1014-19264
So. Miss6-129-22331
North Texas2-168-22339
Other games
ND 50 Final
UConn 48
Michigan 49 Final
Ohio St 64
Iowa 89 Final
Indiana 103
GT 81 Final
NC 93