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Butler Falls To Providence On The Road

The Bulldogs could never really get going at Providence on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and they lost by 10.

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From butlersports.com:

Providence used a big second half to defeat Butler, 70-60, in Rhode Island Monday afternoon. The loss moves Butler to 13-7 on the season and 3-4 in BIG EAST play. PC improves to 13-6 (4-2).

Providence made its first eight shots of the second half and opened the final 20 minutes on an 18-4 run. That turned a 29-25 Butler lead at the half into a 43-33 Providence advantage.

Kyron Cartwright led four Friars in double figures with 18 points. PC shot 50 percent, including a 73-percent clip in the second half.

"That was a tough one," said Butler coach LaVall Jordan. "I thought we defended well for a majority of the game. Providence was the tougher team tonight and deserved to win that one. There were loose balls on the floor that they got to. There were opportunities to protect the rim that we didn't take. I did like our fight in the second half, but it wasn't enough to pull this one out."

Two Tyler Wideman free throws cut PC's lead to 57-53 with 2:45 to play. Providence's Alpha Diallo hit a three-pointer on the ensuing possession to return the lead to seven points and Butler would get no closer.

Kamar Baldwin led the Bulldogs with 25 points. He hit four of his seven three-point attempts. Butler shot 35 percent. Wideman had eight points; no other Bulldog had more than six.

Butler's lead grew to as much as 11 midway through the first half (22-11). The Bulldogs' shooting cooled near the end of the half, hitting only one of their last eight attempts from the field as Providence ended the half with an 8-2 run. That sent the teams to the locker room with Butler leading, 29-25.

The Bulldogs return to action Saturday, traveling to DePaul for a 2 p.m. (Eastern, 1 p.m. Central/Chicago) tip at the Blue Demons' new Wintrust Arena. The game will be broadcast nationally on FS1.

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