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NEW YORK (AP) — LaDontae Henton scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half and Providence pulled away for a 76-62 victory over Miami Monday night in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational.
Henton surpassed 20 points for the seventh time this season and shot 10 of 19 overall after missing his first three shots. He reached 20 points with about 6 ½ minutes remaining on a 3-point play that gave the Friars (10-3) a 66-52 lead.
Kris Dunn collected 15 points and 13 assists for his third double-double as the Friars shot 55 percent as a team. Tyler Harris added 13 and Carson DeRosiers contributed 12 and Providence won its fourth straight.
Angel Rodriguez led Miami (9-3) with 19 points despite shooting 6 of 15 and Sheldon McClellan added 17. The Hurricanes lost for the third time in four games by shooting a 37 percent and 5 of 27 beyond the arc. Miami came into the game shooting 40.3 percent from 3-point range.
Rodriguez and McCllellan were a combined 5 of 14 but the rest of the Hurricanes missed all 13 attempts.
Providence began taking control early in the second half by scoring the first eight points and opening a 41-33 lead on a layup by Henton 2 ½ minutes in. When Henton hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key a few minutes later for a 55-45 edge, the Providence contingent in the stands all rose in unison and the Friars were not threatened the rest of the way.
Providence did not trail over the final 35-plus minutes but were deadlocked at 33-33 at halftime after taking a pair of nine-point leads. Rodriguez and Tonye Jekiri had 3-point plays that cut the lead to 33-31 in the final two minutes and the Hurricanes tied it on a running jumper by McClellan that rolled around the rim and barely beat the buzzer.
Miami: Miami's coaching staff has several connections to the New York area. Besides head coach Jim Larranaga being from the Bronx, assistants Chris Caputo grew up in the Elmhurst section of Queens while Michael Huger led Stevenson High School in the Bronx to consecutive city championships in 1988 and 1989.
Providence: Providence forward Tyler Harris is the younger brother of current Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris. Before going to St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, New Jersey for his senior season, he was a teammate of his brother at Hall Hallows High School in Dix Hills, New York.
Miami: Hosts College of Charleston on Dec. 30.
Providence: Hosts Creighton on Dec. 31.
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