Scores

Final

Providence 78

(12-10, 1-8 Big East)

South Florida 81

(13-9, 6-3 Big East)

    Coverage: ESPN3

    2:00 PM ET, January 29, 2012

    Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

    1 2 T
    PROV 39 3978
    USF 39 4281

    Top Performers

    Providence: L. Henton 33 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    South Florida: R. Anderson Jr. 14 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    South Florida 81, Providence 78

    Associated Press

    TAMPA, Fla. -- 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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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    PROV
    USF
    Points 78 81
    FG Made-Attempted 26-56 (.464) 29-57 (.509)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-13 (.538) 6-13 (.462)
    FT Made-Attempted 19-24 (.792) 17-25 (.680)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 9

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