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No. 25 Providence cruises past Marquette 77-66

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — LaDontae Henton had 25 points and 15 rebounds and No. 25 Providence held off Marquette 77-66 on Sunday.

Kris Dunn added 16 points and nine assists for the Friars (20-9, 10-6).

Duane Wilson led Marquette (11-17, 3-13) with 22 points while Matt Carlino had 21 points and six assists. The Golden Eagles have lost five straight and 11 of their past 12.

Providence trailed 19-14 before later going on an 18-5 run to take a 40-29 lead into halftime. The Friars led by 20 points with under 10 minutes remaining before the Golden Eagles rallied to trail 70-63 after Wilson made a 3-pointer with 2:47 left.

The Friars closed out strong as the Golden Eagles managed just one basket the rest of the way.

TIP-INS

Providence: Carson Desrosiers dressed but did not play Sunday as a knee injury sidelined the senior for a second straight game. Paschal Chukwu, a freshman, drew the starting assignment and finished with eight points and six rebounds.

Marquette: Depth has been an issue for the Golden Eagles all season and it was magnified Sunday when Luke Fischer and Wilson were forced to sit in the second half after each picked up their fourth foul. Wilson is one of the top newcomers in the Big East while Fisher is an efficient low post scorer.

Fisher fouled out with 2:22 left and with six points.

MILESTONE:

Henton came into Sunday three rebounds shy of 1,000 in his career. He reached the milestone at 6:28 of the first half when he pulled down an offensive rebound. Henton is the seventh player in Providence history to grab 1,000 or more rebounds.

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK:

Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski brought a heavy dose of Atlantic Coast Conference flavor to Marquette upon agreeing with the Golden Eagles last April. He was an assistant/associate head coach at Duke from 1999-2014. As a Blue Devil player, Wojciechowski was a two-time all-conference selection.

Asked in his first year as a head coach on the difference between the Big East and ACC, Wojciechowski said:

“It’s an extremely physical league and has great toughness across the board. That hasn’t been a big surprise, but it’s been a big confirmation of what I thought prior to coming into the league.”

UP NEXT:

Providence: Visits Seton Hall on Wednesday.

Marquette Hosts St. John’s on Wednesday.

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