Experienced Friars Lead PC To 106-60 Win Over Sacred Heart
The Providence College men’s basketball team defeated Sacred Heart University, 106-60, on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in their season opener. It was the Friars’ second time scoring 100 or more points in a game with Ed Cooley as head Coach and the first time in regulation. The 106 points also marked the most points scored in a regular season game by the Friars since a 106-64 win over Vermont on November 24, 2009.
“This is one of the more physical, more disciplined defensive teams I think we’ve coached,” Friar Head Coach Ed Cooley said. “Hopefully, this senior group can take us to places we’ve always dreamed about.”
Seven Friars scored in double figures and the team was led by senior Alpha Diallo (New York, N.Y.), who registered his first double-double of the season with 19 points and 14 rebounds. He shot 7-19 from the field and registered four blocks and three assists.
The Friars found shots easy in the first half with sophomore David Duke (Providence, R.I.) giving them their fast basket of the game. Duke used his speed and vision to register eight assists along with 11 points and five rebounds.
Sophomore A.J. Reeves (Roxbury, Mass.) went on a run with back to back baskets to put the Friars up by 20 with 9:59 left in the first half. He finished with 15 points on the night, shooting 50% from three (3-6).
Friars made back to back three pointers forcing the Pioneers to take a timeout with 3:41 left on the clock. The Friars had their largest lead of the first half (29).
PC outscored the Pioneers 59-30 going into the lockeroom at half. Providence shot 53.8% from the field and 10-20 from three-point land. It marked the first time the Friars made 10 or more threes in a half since they were 11-16 in the second half at St. John’s on December 28, 2017.
The Friars came out hot after the half extending their lead to 34 after 3:28 minutes of play. The three point ball kept going in for the Friars as Reeves hit his second of the night from Duke on a fast break.
Emmitt Holt (Rochester, N.Y.) contributed inside the paint with 16 points and four rebounds. He recorded the second highest points of the night.
The Friars kept extending their lead in second half forcing Sacred Heart to take a time out with 11:33 on the clock. In a fast turn of events, Diallo blocked Aaron Clarke’s layup that turned into a fast break layup for Holt down the other end. Diallo swatted the ball again in Sacred Heart territory were Luwane Pipkins (Chicago, Ill.) lobbed the ball up to White who scored in the paint. This put the Friars up 85-41. Pipkins brought energy and sight to the floor and finished the night with 13 points and 7 assists.
“I’ve played against Providence for the last three years,” Pipkins said. “It’s a blessing for me to now be playing for the Friars. I’m enjoying myself as a person, as a player and I’m happy to be here.”
Both teams went cold starting with 11:34 left on the clock. Sacred Heart broke the drought after 4 minutes with a made free throw making the score 85-43.
Providence saw points from nine players tonight and shot 51.3% on the night (39-76) and 47.1% from the three (16-34). They forced Sacred Heart to 19 turnovers and scored 30 points off the turnovers. Sacred Heart could not handle the Friars down low as Providence outscored Sacred Heart 43-24 in the paint. Seniors, Maliek White (Richmond, Va.) and Kalif Young (Vaughn, Ontario) both registered 10 points.
Up next the Friars will host NJIT on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The game will be aired on FSN at 4:30 p.m.