Men's College Basketball
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                === Providence takes down tired No. 21 Irish ===
 Providence,  RI  (Sports Network) -  The 21st-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish
 finally ran out of gas.
 Kadeem  Batts  and Bryce  Cotton had  20 and 19  points, respectively, and the
 Providence  Friars took  advantage of a tired Notre Dame team, posting a 71-54
 victory on Saturday.
 Providence  snapped a  nine-game losing streak against the Fighting Irish, who
 were   coming   off  an  82-78   overtime  triumph  over  visiting  DePaul  on
 Wednesday.  That game  came only  four days  after the  team survived  a five-
 overtime affair against Louisville.
 LaDontae  Henton added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Friars (14-11, 6-7
 Big East), who have won four in a row.
 "I  just thought  we played at such  a high level," Providence coach Ed Cooley
 said.  "I just  thought we played with such great confidence, and it's because
 of what we did defensively."
 Jack  Cooley  ended with 12  points and 10 boards  for Notre Dame (20-6, 8-5),
 which  lost to  Providence for the first  time since Feb. 24, 2004. Tom Knight
 and Garrick Sherman each tallied 11 points.
 "I  think they  are the most underrated  team in our league," Notre Dame coach
 Mike Brey said of Providence. "They're really hard to guard."
 The Fighting Irish hung around for most of the first half. However, Providence
 ended  the half on  an 11-6 run. Josh Fortune and Lee Goldsbrough each made 3-
 pointers to cap the surge, making it 34-26 at the break.
 Sherman's  three-point play in the early stages of the second half cut the gap
 to 41-31. But that proved to be all the visitors had left in the tank.
 Cotton  responded with  a 3-pointer  to spark  a 22-8  Providence run.  Henton
 tallied 10 points during the burst to help the home team take a 63-39 margin.
                                   Game Notes
 Notre  Dame  leads the all-time  series with  Providence, 16-10 ... The Friars
 went  8-of-20  from three-point  range, while the  Fighting Irish went 1-of-14
 from  beyond the arc ... Providence guard Vincent Council, who had 11 assists,
 broke  former Friar  Ernie  D'Gregorio's all-time  assist mark  of  662 as  he
 finished  the  day  with  671  career assists  ...  The  victory  marked  four
 consecutive  Big East  wins for  the  Friars, a  feat  that the  team has  not
 accomplished since the 2003-04 season.
 02/16 20:09:12 ET

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