New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - LaDontae Henton tallied 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Providence Friars past the Seton Hall Pirates, 80-74, in the Big East Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden.
Bryce Cotton also tallied a double-double with 18 points and 10 assists for fourth-seeded Providence (22-11), which will play Creighton in Saturday's title bout. Tyler Harris poured in 17 points on 3-of-4 from 3-point range.
For eighth-seeded Seton Hall (17-17), Fuquan Edwin netted 20 points, Sterling Gibbs scored 13 and 11 points, respectively, and Patrik Auda logged nine points and nine rebounds.
Providence carried a 38-34 lead into intermission after shooting 50 percent from the field in the first half. Seton Hall shot just 39.3 percent in the opening 20 minutes but kept the game close by knocking down 9-of-10 at the free-throw line.
The Pirates cut their lead to just one, 46-45, on a Gibbs 3-pointer with 13:23 remaining, but the Friars pulled away with a 10-2 run and held on down the stretch for the six-point victory.
Providence shot 25-of-35 at the free-throw line, compared to 16-of-20 for Seton Hall.