Fonts Provides Spark To Help PC Pull Away From Sacred Heart Thursday

Providence College Press Release

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College men’s basketball team defeated Sacred Heart University, 92-64, on Thursday, Nov. 11 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. With the win, the Friars improved to 2-0 on the season. Four Friars scored in double figures, led by sophomore Alyn Breed (Powder Springs, Ga.) with a game-high 15 points. Graduate student Nate Watson (Portsmouth, Va.) finished with a double-double, with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

“At this level, it’s all about how hard you play, attention to detail, and not being afraid to make mistakes,” Head Coach Ed Cooley said. “I thought we played that way in the second half.”

FIRST HALF:

  • Graduate Noah Horchler (Melbourne Beach, Fla.) knocked down a three-pointer from the right corner to put the Friars on the board first.
  • The Friars held a 17-14 lead at the 14:34 mark.
  • With 13:21 left in the half, Jared Bynum (Largo, Md.) found Justin Minaya (Harrington Park, N.J.) on an alley-oop. The Friars had a slim lead, 19-16.
  • At the 9:32 mark, Sacred Heart completed a minor scoring run to take a 25-23 lead. Andrew Fonts (Portsmouth, R.I.) quickly responded with a corner three-pointer.
    • “I trust [Fonts] more than maybe any player I’ve ever coached,” Cooley added.
  • In a back-and-forth first half, Fonts and Al Durham (Lilburn, Ga.) brought a spark.
  • With just over one minute left, Brycen Goodine (New Bedford, Mass.) converted from beyond the arc to extend Providence’s lead to seven.
  • The Friars led 43-36 at the half.
  • Bynum was the Friars’ leading scorer heading into the half with eight points.
  • Providence shot 14-26 (53.8%) from the field, 5-12 (41.7%) from three, and 10-14 (71.4%) from the free throw line.
  • Sacred Heart shot 12-27 (44.4%) from the field, 8-18 (44.4%) from three, and 4-6 (66.7%) from the free throw line.

SECOND HALF:

  • Breed scored the opening basket of the second half for the Friars.
  • Three-pointers ahead of the 13:40 media timeout from Minaya and Durham gave the Friars their largest lead to that point in the game, 55-46.
  • Baskets by Watson and Durham on each end of the 12:56 media timeout extended the lead to double-digits.
  • With 11 minutes remaining, Durham forced a steal and converted a dunk in transition. Providence led 63-50.
  • Reeves stole the ball and finished on the fastbreak at the 9:44 mark. This was the first basket of a 13-2 Friars run.
  • With 5:35 left to play, Breed completed the run with a corner three. The Friars now led by 22 points, 76-54.
  • Sacred Heart broke a scoring drought of just under five minutes with a three-point basket of their own. The score was 80-57.
  • The Friars extended the lead further to close the game.
  • The Friars outscored the Pioneers, 49-28, over the final 20 minutes.

NOTES/HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Providence finished 32-57 (56.1%) from the field, 11-26 (42.3%) from three, and 17-24 (70.8%) from the free throw line.
  • Sacred Heart finished 23-59 (39.0%) from the field, 12-33 (36.4%) from three, and 6-8 (75.0%) from the free throw line.
  • Four players finished in double-figures for the Friars, in Breed, Durham, Horchler, and Watson.
  • All 11 participating players for the Friars finished in the scoring column.
  • Bynum registered a team-high four assists.
  • Goodine forced a team-high three steals.
  • Nico Gallette led the way for Sacred Heart with a team-high 15 points.
  • Sacred Heart had four players in double-figures.
  • Attendance – 9,716

WHAT’S NEXT:

  • The Friars travel to Madison, Wis. to take on University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Gavitt Tipoff Games on Monday, Nov. 15 at the Kohl Center. Tip-off is at 9:00 p.m. and will be televised on FS1.
  • “It means the world to us,” Cooley said in regards to playing in the Gavitt Tipoff Games.
  • The Friars hold a 3-1 all-time record against Wisconsin. Last time the two teams met, the Friars defeated Wisconsin, 59-57, on Dec. 23, 1996.
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