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MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Cotton's 18, Batts' 14 and 17 rebounds lead Providence over Butler

2014-01-21T21:00:00Z 2014-01-22T03:31:06Z MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Cotton's 18, Batts' 14 and 17 rebounds lead Providence over ButlerThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 21, 2014 9:00 pm  • 

Bryce Cotton scored 18 points and Kadeem Batts added 14 and grabbed 17 rebounds Tuesday night as Providence beat Butler 65-56 for its fourth straight Big East Conference win.

Kellen Dunham led Butler (11-8, 1-6) with 17 points and Khyle Marshall scored 15.

LaDontae Henton scored 14 points for Providence and Tyler Harris added 10 points despite picking up his fourth foul with 10:26 left.

The Friars rebounded from a sluggish start to take a 29-26 lead at halftime. The Friars missed eight of their first 10 shots, yet were able to find their form despite Cotton managing just two points in the half.

The Big East's second-leading scorer, Cotton netted Providence's first five points of the second half.

The Bulldogs remained within striking distance until back-to-back 3-pointers by Josh Fortune and Henton made it 56-49 Providence with 6:05 left.

After a Butler timeout, Cotton hit a trey and Batts followed with a foul-line jumpe, and the r Friars had their first double-digit lead of the contest, 61-49.

The Bulldogs scored six straight points to make it 61-56 with a minute remaining, but Providence closed out with two free throws apiece from Cotton and Batts.

Providence (14-5, 4-2) shot 46 percent from the field and scored 32 points in the paint. Butler finished with seven turnovers compared with 13 for Providence.

Florida State 76, Notre Dame 74: Ian Miller hit a floater in the lane with 4 seconds remaining to give Florida State a win against Notre Dame in their first meeting as Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.

Aaron Thomas scored 20 points in his first start of the season as Florida State held on. Miller finished with 11 points and the biggest bucket of the game. Teammate Okaro White chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Eric Atkins led Notre Dame with 24 points while teammate Garrick Sherman finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

The Seminoles (13-5, 4-2) have won 8 of 10 with both losses against Virginia. Florida State hits the road Saturday to take on No. 18 Duke.

Notre Dame (11-8, 2-4) has gone 1-4 since upsetting Duke. The Fighting Irish face Wake Forest Saturday.

No. 20 Pittsburgh 76, Clemson 43: Talib Zanna scored 22 points on near flawless shooting for Pittsburgh.

Zanna connected on 9 of 10 shots, most of them dunks or layups, as the Panthers (17-2, 5-1 ACC) bounced back from a loss to No. 2 Syracuse.

Lamar Patterson added 13 points, six rebounds and four assists for Pitt, which ended Clemson's three-game winning streak.

K.J. McDaniels battled early foul trouble and finished with 11 points for the Tigers but Clemson was never in it. Pitt needed less than 10 minutes to build a double-digit lead and cruised while handing the Tigers their worst loss of the season.

Clemson came in ranked third in the country in 3-point defense but could do little more than watch as the Panthers hit 4 of 7 3-pointers during a near flawless opening 20 minutes. Pitt made 12 baskets during the first half, and recorded assists on all 12 in taking a 37-20 lead.

Texas 67, No. 22 Kansas St. 64: Jonathan Holmes made a catch-and-shoot 3 pointer at the buzzer to send Texas to its fourth straight victory in the Big 12 and second in a row over a ranked team.

Texas had almost blown its chance for the game-winner when it nearly botched an inbounds pass with 3 seconds left. But after a quick timeout, Isaiah Taylor zipped the ball to the Holmes in the left corner and he put up the shot over two defenders. The ball swished through the basket at the buzzer and Holmes was mobbed by his teammates.

Javan Felix scored 23 points to lead Texas (15-4, 4-2) and Cam Ridley scored 18. Holmes finished with 10 points.

Thomas Gipson scored 24 points for Kansas State (14-5, 4-2), which had tied the game at 64 on Shane Southwell's twisting, off-balance layup with 5 seconds to play after Felix had missed two free throws.

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