Saturday 04 December 2021
The Providence College men’s basketball team won the rivalry game over the University of Rhode Island, 66-52, on Saturday at the Dunk.
The Brothers dominated the boards and the Rams were anemic behind the 3 point line.
With this victory, the Friars went to 8-1 this season, the best start for the team since the 2015-16 season. Senior Ed Croswell dominated the paint in the game, registering a double-double, 13 points and 15 rebounds.
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Graduate student Noah Horchler has a high 16 points. Graduate student Al Durham added 14 points and six assists.
“We could feel the energy when we woke up this morning,” said head coach Ed Cooley. “With this kind of excitement and energy and enthusiasm the Brethren are going to be difficult.”
URI’s Mitchell twins were in trouble from the start of the game. Makhi and Malik combined for just 6 points. PC won the boards 45-30.
Perhaps the most exciting Ram was Sebastian Thomas, the Hendricken graduate and Providence resident who scored 4 points, had 3 assists and a rebound.
Overall, the Rams only shot 15% from the 3-point line.
The Friars buried three points from three consecutive possessions early in the game. Horchler and Durham each made one from the right corner, and Horchler added another from the top of the key.
After the game’s first media timeout, the Friars’ lead rose to double digits, 13-2, with baskets from AJ Reeves and Horchler.
The Rams reversed their momentum and took the lead with a 15-0 score midway through the first half. The Friars hit a cold streak offensively and didn’t score for more than seven minutes.
At 5:54 am, Croswell ended the 7-minute drought. Two minutes later, Croswell completed a three-point play. The Brothers took the lead again, 24-22.
In the home stretch of half-time, the Brothers regained control of the match with a score of 9-0. Croswell and Durham were the main contributors in attack.
Croswell was the first and only player to reach the double before half-time.
The Brothers were leading at halftime, 35-24.
Providence shot 15-36 (41.7%) from the field, 3-10 (30.0%) on three and 2-4 (50.0%) from the free throw line.
Rhode Island shot 8-23 (34.8%) from the field, 2-7 (28.6%) on three, and 6-6 (100%) from the free throw line.
Reeves opened the second half for the Friars with a three-point shot from the left corner.
The Friars held a 14-point lead, 44-30, in the first media time-out of the half.
PC maintained a double-digit lead, 50-38, in the 11:55 timeout.
The Rams reduced their deficit with a quick 8-0 streak. Durham responded with a contested jumper to end the Brothers’ scoring drought. PC leads 52-44.
With 5:04 remaining, Horchler connected from three-point territory. Durham assisted in the game. Heading into the game’s final media timeout, the Friars had a 57-48 lead.
Horchler reversed his fourth three-point basket of the game with 3:02 to go. On the next possession, Durham found Justin Minaya (Harrington Park, NJ) for the alley-oop layup. The Brothers’ lead fell to 14 points, 64-50.
“I’m delighted to step in at these times and pull it off,” said Horchler.
The Rams have missed 10 of their last 11 shots from the three-point line.
Providence finished 23-63 (36.5%) on the field, 7-22 (31.8%) of three and 13-16 (81.3%) on the free throw line.
Rhode Island finished 21-51 (41.2%) on the field, 2-13 (15.4%) of three and 8-13 (61.5%) on the free throw line.
The Friars passed the Rams by 15 in the game (45-30).
The Brothers’ biggest lead was 17 points.
Three players finished in double digits for the Friars, at Croswell, Durham and Horchler.
Jordan Sheppard led the way for the Rams with a record 10 points. Sheppard was the only player to finish in double digits for the Rams.
With the win, the Friars now hold a 75-56 record against URI, including a 40-23 home advantage.
The Friars have played Rhode Island more than any other opponent of all time (131 times).
Attendance – 12,947 (sold)
The brothers face the University of Vermont on Tuesday, December 7 at the Dunkin ‘Donuts Center in Providence, RI. The announcement is set at 6.30 p.m. on FS1.
The Friars are 8-0 against Vermont. During their last meeting, the brothers defeated the Catamounts, 80-58, on November 14, 2016 in Providence, RI