Friars Flex on Albany in Non-Conference Finale

The Providence College men’s basketball team defeated UAlbany, 93-55, on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Amica Mutual Pavilion in Providence, R.I. The Friars improved to 8-3 on the season. Today’s game marked the conclusion of the Friars’ non-conference schedule. Redshirt senior Ed Croswell (Philadelphia, Pa.) finished with a season-high 18 points along with seven rebounds. Redshirt freshman Rafael Castro (Dover, N.J.) chipped in with his first career double-double, with 12 points and 10 boards. Freshman Jayden Pierre (Elizabeth, N.J.) had a career-high 11 assists. Six players finished in double figures for the Friars.

“We have a legit feeling of who we are as we get ready to go into BIG EAST play,” Head Coach Ed Cooley said. “I am proud of the way we came out and took care of business over the last three games.”

FIRST HALF:

Bryce Hopkins (Oak Park, Ill.) attacked the rim and made a layup over two defenders to put the Friars on the board first.
Alyn Breed (Powder Springs, Ga.) had an immediate impact off the bench, knocking down a three-pointer on his first offensive possession. PC led 9-3.
With 13 minutes left in the half, Noah Locke (Baltimore, Md.) crossed over and found enough space on the right wing to bury his first three-ball. The Friars held a 16-10 lead.
At the 10:10 mark, Pierre found Devin Carter (Miami, Fla.) in transition for a two-handed slam. The Friars’ lead increased to eight points, 20-12.
The Friars gained a double-digit lead with a Croswell layup at the 7:31 mark. Croswell entered the scoring column with the basket. PC led 25-14.
Heading into the final media timeout of the half, the Friars were on a 14-4 scoring run and had made four of their last five shots. UAlbany faced a cold streak, missing nine of their last 10 attempts.
At the 1:30 mark, Breed forced his second steal of the game and took the ball coast-to-coast for the layup. Breed was the only player in double figures at halftime. PC led 39-20.
The Friars held a 17-point advantage at halftime, 42-25.
Providence shot 15-27 (55.6%) from the field, 2-8 (25.0%) from three and 10-14 (71.4%) from the free throw line.
UAlbany shot 9-33 (27.3%) from the field, 2-14 (14.3%) from three and 5-5 (100%) from the free throw line.
SECOND HALF:

Croswell opened the second half by drawing contact in the paint and completing a three-point play.
The Friars went on an 11-2 run early in the half to extend their lead.
Corey Floyd, Jr. (Franklin, N.J.) brought a spark off the bench with a three-ball at the 12:24 mark.
With 10 minutes remaining, Pierre threaded the needle to a Croswell, who slammed it home. UAlbany took a timeout, as the Friars had scored nine unanswered points. PC led 71-42.
Castro found an open lane and threw down a one-handed slam. On the next possession, Castro had an alley-oop dunk off a Pierre assist. PC led by 32 with less than seven minutes to play.
At the 5:17 mark, Pierre dished another alley-oop pass, with Floyd finishing the dunk.
NOTES/HIGHLIGHTS:

Providence finished 34-62 (54.8%) from the field, 4-19 (21.1%) from three and 21-26 (80.8%) from the free throw line.
UAlbany finished 19-67 (28.4%) from the field, 6-30 (20.0%) from three and 11-13 (84.6%) from the free throw line.
Six players finished in double figures for the Friars, in Croswell (18), Locke (13), Castro (12), Carter (11), Hopkins (11) and Breed (10).
The Friars out-rebounded UAlbany by 18, dished nine more assists and scored 18 more points off turnovers.
Pierre finished with a game-high 11 assists.
Gerald Drumgoole, Jr. led the way for the Great Danes with 19 points and five three-pointers (both game highs).
The Friars have posted a 23-3 mark all-time versus teams from the CAA, including a 2-0 record this season.
Attendance – 8,220
WHAT’S NEXT:

The Friars will open BIG EAST play by traveling to take on the Seton Hall Pirates on Saturday, Dec. 17. Tip-off is set for 12:30 p.m. at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The game will be televised on FOX.
Providence holds a 56-54 all-time edge versus Seton Hall. In their only matchup last season, the Friars earned a 70-65 home victory over the Pirates on Dec. 29, 2021.

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