AJ Reeves Hits Go-Ahead Three To Beat Seton Hall in Overtime

The Providence College men’s basketball team defeated the Seton Hall Pirates in overtime, 80-77, on Sunday, Dec. 20 in their first BIG EAST Conference game of the season. The Friars improved to 5-2 overall and 1-0 in BIG EAST play. For the Friars it was their seventh consecutive league win dating back to last season.

Nate Watson (Portsmouth, Va.) secured his second double-double of the season, scoring 23 points and grabbing a career high 11 rebounds. He became the 51st player in Friar history to score 1,000 points.

David Duke (Providence, R.I.) made a layup for the Friars to open the game at the 19:44 mark. At the first media timeout, Seton Hall led 8-7. The Pirates had missed each of their last four shots heading into the timeout and had not scored in 2:37 minutes.

With 13:04 remaining in the first half, Jimmy Nichols, Jr. (Conway, S.C.) knocked down a three-point basket to cut the deficit. Nichols added a two-point jumper on the ensuing offensive possession.

The Friars trailed 18-16 at the 11:20 media timeout. Both teams had made each of their last three attempts from the field. The Friars regained the lead, 24-23, at the 7:50 mark with a layup from Watson . Watson’s baskets capped off an 8-0 Friars run over 1:36 minutes.

With 6:46 left, Duke made his first three-pointer of the game. The teams traded several scores in a back-and-forth stretch to close out the half. The Friars held Seton Hall without a field goal in the final 2:50minutes of the first half.

Seton Hall led at halftime, 40-38. Providence shot 15-24 (62.5%) from the field, 5-8 (62.5%) from three, and 3-6 (50.0%) from the free throw line. The Pirates shot 16-29 (55.2%) from the field, 6-11 (54.5%) from three, and 2-3 (66.7%) from the free throw line.

At the 17:13 mark of the second half, Watson scored the first basket for the Friars in the second half. With 15:02 remaining, the Friars were back within reach after three-pointers from Noah Horchler (Melbourne Beach, Fla.) and Duke. The Pirates held the lead, 51-46, at the first media timeout of the second half.

Watson converted in the paint on back-to-back possessions to give the Friars the lead, 52-51, with 11:53 left. The Pirates took a timeout following a 9-0 Friars run over the last 3:09 minutes. Seton Hall had made only one of their last nine shots and had not scored in more than three minutes.

With 6:05 remaining in the game, Nichols gave the Friars their largest lead to that point, at 60-56. Nichols finished the game with 10 points, a new career high. The Friars held a two-point advantage entering the final media timeout of the game.

The Pirates narrowed their deficit to 70-69 with 40 seconds left. At the 0:15 mark, Duke added two free throws to extend the Friars’ lead to three points. A three-point play by Seton Hall tied the game with 8.6 seconds left. The score was 72-72 at the end of regulation.

A three-pointer by Jared Bynum (Largo, Md.) gave the Friars an early 75-72 lead in overtime. With three seconds remaining, A.J. Reeves (Roxbury, Mass.) knocked down a three-pointer from the left corner for what proved to be the game-winning shot.

Providence finished 29-62 (46.8%) from the field, 9-18 (50.0%) from three, and 13-16 (81.3%) from the free throw line. Seton Hall finished 27-62 (43.5%) from the field, 7-21 (33.3%) from three, and 16-21 (76.2%) from the free throw line. Sandro Mamukelashvili led the way for the Pirates with 20 points.

The Friars also finished with three players in double-figures, in Duke, Nichols, and Watson. Duke had a double-double scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. The Friars out-rebounded and out-assisted the Pirates in the game.

Up next, the Friars stay on the road and take on the Butler Bulldogs on Wednesday, December 23 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. The game is set for tip-off at 6:00 p.m. and will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

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