DePaul men’s basketball falls to Providence 84-61

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Bryce Cotton scored 22 points to lead Providence at home Saturday in an 84-61 rout of DePaul men’s basketball as the Blue Demons lost their eighth consecutive game.

Cotton, who scored 28 points in the teams’ first meeting, was 7-14 from the field and had six assists. Five other Friars scored at least 10 points and Providence was in control the whole game.

DePaul trailed 49-26 at halftime. Brandon Young led the Blue Demons with 18 points.  Sandi Marcius added 16 points and Billy Garrett Jr. scored 10.

In the second half, DePaul went on a 14-2 run to cut Providence’s lead to 14 (72-58) with 5:44 left.  Providence, however, closed the game with a 12-3 run.

The Blue Demons struggled to shoot the ball from 3-point range, converting just two of 13 attempts. They shot 40.4 percent on the day.

Providence finished shooting 53 percent (27-51) on the day and 43 percent from beyond the arc.

Tough times continued for the Blue Demons as they haven’t won a game since Jan. 14. The Blue Demons next play on Wednesday, traveling to Cincinnati for a rematch at Xavier.