Council leads Providence past Holy Cross 82-77

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Vincent Council scored 19 points, dished out 11 assists, and brought down seven rebounds as Providence defeated Holy Cross 82-77 on Tuesday night.

Early in the second half, the Friars (5-2) appeared to take control, leading 66-51 with just under 11 minutes left, but Holy Cross (2-5) put together an 18-3 run, punctuated by an R.J. Evans 3-pointer, to tie the game at 69.

The score remained close, but a three-point play by Providence freshman LaDontae Henton with 25 seconds left gave the Friars the lead to stay.

The Crusaders' Phil Beans attempted a desperation 3-pointer to tie the game with 4 seconds left, but the ball caromed off the backboard directly into the hands of Bryce Cotton, who quickly drew a foul and made both free throws to end the game.

Evans and Dave Dudzinski led the Crusaders with 21 points apiece, and Dudzinski added 11 rebounds.