Thursday, February 19, 2015

Henton and Dunn Powers Providence Past DePaul

          Photo Credit: Steven Branscombe/USA TODAY Sports

For the fourth consecutive game, LaDontae Henton scored at least 20 points, but it was a more of a total team effort which led Providence (19-8, 9-5 BIG EAST) to a 84-57 victory over DePaul (12-15, 6-8 BIG EAST) Wednesday night at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.

Henton finished with a double-double scoring 22 and grabbing 11 rebounds, and knows performances like this will be needed in order to keep the Friars alive in the BIG EAST regular-season title race.

“It is a tough environment being on the road and you have to make sure you bring all of your energy,” Henton said. “We got to come into the each game with the mindset that we can beaten by any team in the BIG EAST and tonight we came prepared.”

Kris Dunn finished with 21 points on 11-for-12 from the free-throw line and 5-of-7 from the field.

With his first 20-point game since the St. John’s game on Jan. 31, Dunn considered the performance to be more of a group effort.

“My teammates helped get me open shots and we were all being aggressive,” Dunn said. ”Tonight was just a good team win.”

The Blue Demons came out with a purpose early on led by Myke Henry’s five points in the first two minutes of regulation to go ahead 7-2 on the Friars.

Providence turned the jets on for a 20-3 run to go ahead 22-10 on DePaul as Henton scored six points in that stretch.

Providence’s first half would grow to as man lead grew to as many as 18 in the first half on DePaul, using turnovers to generate points.

Dunn and Henton would account for 27 of Providence’s 41 points in the first half as it went into the locker room ahead of DePaul, 41-26.

Henton picked up right where he left off from the first half by scoring Providence’s first four points, including a thunderous dunk eight seconds in to the second.

With 2:44 left in regulation and the game well in hand, Providence coach Ed Cooley decided to bring seldom used freshman and Oak Park, Ill., product Tom Planek into the game to a rousing ovation from both fan bases.

Planek finished with four points and Cooley enjoyed being able to finally insert him into a game and score.

“We’ve been dying to get [Tom] into a game lately,” Cooley said. “He’s a great family member of ours and is a great kid.”

Game Notes:
In the loss, Billy Garrett Jr. led the Blue Demons in scoring with 11, highlighted 9-of-10 makes from the free-throw line.

Jamee Crockett and R.J. Curington scored 10 each for DePaul.

The field goal shooting favored Providence as it went 28-of-53 (52.8 percent), while DePaul struggled going 17-for-50 (34 percent).

Looking Ahead:

Both teams hit the road as DePaul travels to Washington D.C., to face Georgetown on Feb. 21, while Providence travels to Philadelphia, Pa., to play No. 6 Villanova on Feb. 24.

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