PC Collapses In Second Half, Falls At St. John’s Wednesday
Providence College Press Release
QUEENS, N.Y. – The Providence College men’s basketball team was defeated by the St. John’s Red Storm, 81-67, on Wednesday, March 3 in Queens, N.Y. With the loss, the Friars fall to 12-12 overall and 8-10 in BIG EAST play. Senior Nate Watson (Portsmouth, Va.) scored a team-high 19 points in the game.
At the 18:21 mark, junior David Duke (Providence, R.I.) scored the first Friar basket. The Friars struggled in the opening minutes, making only two of their first eight attempts from the field. St. John’s held an early 7-4 lead.
In the next stretch, the Friars went on a 12-1 scoring run. To complete the run, A.J. Reeves (Roxbury, Mass.) buried a three-pointer and scored off a turnover on back-to-back possessions. The Friars led 16-8 with 13:04 left in the half.
At the 10:47 mark, Duke converted from the paint. The Friars gained their first double-digit advantage, 20-10. By the 5:49 media timeout, the Red Storm had cut the Providence lead down to only two. The Friars led 26-24.
With 5:13 remaining in the first half, the Red Storm knotted the game at 28. The Friars responded with three-pointers by Jared Bynum (Largo, Md.) and Duke on consecutive possessions. Sophomore Greg Gantt (Fayetteville, N.C.) also scored as part of the scoring run. Providence led 36-28 at the 3:05 timeout.
The Friars led at halftime, 41-30. Providence shot 18-36 (50.0%) from the field, 4-14 (28.6%) from three, and 1-4 (25.0%) from the free throw line. St. John’s shot 12-32 (37.5%) from the field, 2-11 (18.2%) from three, and 4-6 (66.7%) from the free throw line.
At the 19:15 mark, Watson made a heavily contested layup for the first basket of the second half for the Friars. The Friars used a timeout at the 14:36 mark following a quick scoring run by the Red Storm. Providence held a slim lead, 49-47.
With 11:44 left, the Red Storm completed a 13-2 scoring run to regain the lead. The score was 53-51. The Friars had made only one of their last eight attempts, while St. John’s had made each of their last three.
By the 6:45 mark, the game was level at 60. Shortly after, the Red Storm led a quick 10-0 run to take a 70-60 lead, their largest to that point in the game. The Friars had not scored in over three minutes entering the 3:30 media timeout. The Red Storm maintained their lead through the final buzzer.
Providence finished 28-65 (43.1%) from the field, 4-23 (17.4%) from three, and 7-13 (53.8%) from the free throw line. St. John’s finished 28-61 (45.9%) from the field, 5-20 (25.0%) from three, and 20-26 (76.9%) from the free throw line. Rasheem Dunn led the way for the Red Storm in the scoring column with 21 points.
The Friars finished with three players in double-figures, in Watson, Duke (16 points), and Bynum (13 points). The Red Storm finished with four players in double-figures. Duke registered a game-high nine assists. St. John’s out-rebounded the Friars by 10.
Up next, Providence finishes its regular season at home against the Villanova Wildcats on Saturday, March 6 in Alumni Hall. The game is set for tip-off at 2:30 p.m. on FOX.