Ticket Gaines, hot-shooting Providence cruise past Wagner

Ticket Gaines scored 21 points on seven 3-pointers to lead Providence to a dominant 86-52 win over visiting Wagner on Tuesday night.Providence (6-1) shot 52.7 percent from the field, drained 13 shots from deep and logged 25 assists on 29 baskets en route to its third consecutive victory.Bryce Hopkins added 20 points (7-of-11 shooting), six rebounds and two assists.Devin Carter had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds along with six assists and two steals.Josh Oduro (12 points) was the fourth Friar scoring in double figures.The Friars put together a 13-1 run for a 38-20 halftime lead and cruised with the help of a 16-0 run early in the second half.Melvin Council Jr. paced Wagner (2-4) with 17 points, eight rebounds and a pair of steals. Zaire Williams added 12 points.Gaines’ first two shots helped the Friars to a 9-5 lead at the opening timeout. Providence scored its first nine points on 3-pointers, with Hopkins also adding one during that stretch.Gaines started 4-for-4 from beyond the arc, extending the advantage to 13 points when he hit a triple from the left corner just after the midway mark of the first half.