The Providence Friars won their first BIG EAST road game in over two years, beating DePaul 73-71 to avoid landing in the basement for the time being. The conference just wouldn’t feel right without the Blue Demons in last, right? Anyways, good to see the players and Coach Cooley get a much deserved win, regardless of the opponent.
However, It almost looked like deja vu all over again, as PC led by 7 with four minutes to go. Providence allowed DePaul to stay in the game down the stretch when their milk-the-clock offense stalled. OH NOES HERE WE GO AGAIN, #pcbb-town growned as the Blue Demons inched closer. DePaul tied the game at 71 with 33 seconds left after hitting two foul shots, and Ed Cooley called time to set up the final play. Vincent Council broke the press and got to half court, stalling until the final seconds. After not finding an open shot, Council found Henton near the top of the three point line. Buckets hit the long jumper with just under two seconds left. However, he wasn’t done being the hero, getting a block on the other end of the court to thwart DePaul’s chances of tying the game.
Henton’s final ridiculous statline: 24 points, 15 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 steals.
Bryce Cotton also had a great game after some poor shooting performances, finishing with 19 points on 8-14 shooting (2-4 from downtown). Brice Kofane provided a huge spark off the bench after an ineffective Bilal Dixon sludged through parts of the first half. The big man had 7 points and three blocks, most of which were made with a volleyball-esque two handed block style.
Vincent Council, despite a poor shooting game, had another double-double with 14 points and 11 assists.
Unless DePaul can beat both West Virginia on the road and Seton Hall at home (with PC losing to UConn and ND), the Friars are looking at least a 15th seed, which will mean they play the 7PM game in the BIG EAST Tournament in early March.