Croswell’s Double-Double, Horchler’s Clutch Shooting Leads PC Past URI Saturday

Providence College Press Release

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College men’s basketball team defeated the University of Rhode Island, 66-52, on Saturday, December 4 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. With the win, the Friars improved to 8-1 on the season, the team’s best start since the 2015-16 season. Senior Ed Croswell (Philadelphia, Pa.) dominated the paint in the game, notching a double-double, 13 points and 15 rebounds. Graduate student Noah Horchler (Melbourne Beach, Fla.) had a game-high 16 points. Graduate student Al Durham (Lilburn, Ga.) added 14 points and a game-high six assists.

“We could feel the energy when we woke up this morning,” Head Coach Ed Cooley said. “With that type of excitement, energy, and enthusiasm, the Friars are going to be a tough out.”

FIRST HALF:

  • The Friars buried three-pointers on 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.
  • Following the first media timeout of the game, the Friars’ lead increased to double digits, 13-2, with baskets from A.J. Reeves (Roxbury, Mass.) and Horchler.
  • The Rams flipped momentum and took the lead with a 15-0 scoring run midway through the first half. The Friars hit a cold streak offensively and did not score for over seven minutes.
  • At the 5:54 mark, Croswell ended the 7-minute scoring drought. Two minutes later, Croswell completed a three-point play. The Friars regained the lead, 24-22.
  • In the final stretch of the half, the Friars regained control of the game with a 9-0 scoring run. Croswell and Durham were the main contributors on offense.
  • Croswell was the first and only player to reach double figures before halftime.
  • The Friars led at halftime, 35-24.
  • Providence shot 15-36 (41.7%) from the field, 3-10 (30.0%) from 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%) from three, and 6-6 (100%) from the free throw line.

SECOND HALF:

  • Reeves opened up the second half for the Friars with a three-pointer from the left corner.
  • The Friars held a 14-point lead, 44-30, at the first media timeout of the half.
  • PC maintained a double-digit lead, 50-38, into the 11:55 timeout.
  • The Rams narrowed their deficit with a quick 8-0 scoring run. Durham responded with a contested jumper to end the Friars’ scoring drought. PC led 52-44.
  • With 5:04 left to play, Horchler connected from three-point territory. Durham assisted on the play. Heading into the final media timeout of the game, the Friars had a 57-48 lead.
  • Horchler knocked down his fourth three-point basket of the game with 3:02 remaining. On the following possession, Durham found Justin Minaya (Harrington Park, N.J.) for the alley-oop layup. The Friars’ lead extended back to 14 points, 64-50.
    • “I’m excited to step up in those moments and make the big shot,” Horchler said.
  • The Rams missed 10 of their final 11 shots from the three-point line.

NOTES/HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Providence finished 23-63 (36.5%) from the field, 7-22 (31.8%) from three, and 13-16 (81.3%) from the free throw line.
  • Rhode Island finished 21-51 (41.2%) from the field, 2-13 (15.4%) from three, and 8-13 (61.5%) from the free throw line.
  • The Friars out-rebounded the Rams by 15 in the game (45-30).
  • The Friars’ largest lead was 17 points.
  • Three players finished in double figures for the Friars, in Croswell, Durham, and Horchler.
  • Jordan Sheppard led the way for the Rams with a team-high 10 points. Sheppard was the only player to finish in double figures for the Rams.
  • With the win, the Friars now hold a 75-56 all-time record against URI, including a 40-23 edge at home.
  • The Friars have played Rhode Island more than any other opponent all-time (131 times).
  • Attendance – 12,947 (sell out)

WHAT’S NEXT:

  • The Friars will take on the University of Vermont on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. on FS1.
  • The Friars hold an 8-0 all-time record against Vermont. In their last meeting, the Friars defeated the Catamounts, 80-58, on November 14, 2016 in Providence, R.I.
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