PC Friars Edge Rider In Nail-Biting Season Opener

Providence College Press Release

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College men’s basketball team defeated Rider University, 66-65, on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at the Amica Mutual Pavillion in Providence, R.I. With the win, the Friars improved to 1-0 this season and 85-11 all-time in season openers. Sophomore Bryce Hopkins (Oak Park, Ill.) led the way with 18 points and six rebounds. Graduate student Ed Croswell (Philadelphia, Pa.) finished with a double-double, with 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

“We are happy to get the win against a very good team,” Head Coach Ed Cooley said. “It was a good learning experience for our team as we try to blend eight new guys into our squad. Our crowd was worth about six or seven points in the second half. We played an experienced, veteran team.”

FIRST HALF:

  • Noah Locke (Baltimore, Md.) buried a fadeaway jumper to start the game for the Friars.
  • The Broncs held an 8-4 lead at the first media timeout.
  • Locke ended a three-minute scoring drought with a three-ball from the right corner. PC trailed,14-9.
  • Rider’s Dwight Murray, Jr. was the first player to notch double figures in the game. The Broncs extended their lead to nine ahead of the 10:22 timeout.
  • At the 8:26 mark, Jared Bynum (Largo, Md.) found a wide-open Rafael Castro (Dover, N.J.) for an emphatic dunk off the inbounds pass. Rider led 22-13.
  • With 5:51 left in the half, Rider’s Allen Powell knocked down the team’s fourth three-pointer of the game. Hopkins responded with his first basket. PC trailed 32-19.
  • At the 4:33 mark, Devin Carter (Miami, Fla.) intercepted a pass and scored in transition. Carter forced another turnover on the next possession, leading to a basket by Croswell.
  • The Friars trailed by 13 points, 37-24, at the final media timeout of the half.
  • At the half, Rider led 40-30.
  • Providence shot 8-21 (38.1%) from the field, 2-9 (22.2%) from three and 12-22 (54.5%) from the free throw line.
  • Rider shot 17-36 (47.2%) from the field, 6-10 (60.0%) from three and did not attempt a free throw.

SECOND HALF:

  • Croswell finished a second-chance layup over two defenders to open the second half.
  • The Friars went on an 11-0 scoring run to tie the game at 43. Hopkins capped off the run with a three-pointer.
  • At the 10:40 mark, Clifton Moore (Ambler, Pa.) buried a three-pointer from the top of the key. The Friars held a 49-46 advantage, their first lead since the first two minutes of action.
  • Midway through the half, the Friars continued to increase the lead, as Croswell earned back-to-back baskets in the paint.
  • With just over seven minutes to play, the Friars gained a double-digit lead, 58-48.
  • PC led 61-55 at the final media timeout of the game.
  • Dwight Murray, Jr. kept the Broncs within striking distance with his success from three-point territory. PC led by only two with under three minutes remaining.
  • With 0:40 to play, Rider’s Allen Powell cut the deficit to one with a fadeaway jumper.
  • Powell turned the ball over to Bynum on the final possession.

NOTES/HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Providence finished 18-50 (36.0%) from the field, 4-19 (21.1%) from three and 26-43 (60.5%) from the free throw line.
  • Rider finished 24-58 (41.4%) from the field, 9-14 (64.3%) from three and 8-10 (80.0%) from the free throw line.
  • Three players finished in double figures for the Friars, in Hopkins, Croswell and Locke.
  • Bynum registered a game-high five assists.
  • Croswell snagged a game-high 10 rebounds.
  • Carter recorded five steals and Moore denied four Broncs’ shots to lead the game in both categories, respectively.
  • Dwight Murray, Jr. led the way for the Broncs with 18 points and four assists.
  • Attendance – 11,018

WHAT’S NEXT:

  • The Friars will take on Northeastern University on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Amica Mutual Pavilion in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. on FS2.
  • Providence holds a 10-2 all-time edge against Northeastern, including a 7-1 mark at home. In their last matchup, the Friars earned a 77-72 home victory on Dec. 1, 2010.
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