Providence falls short in extremely contested Sweet 16 game against Kansas

Pc Friars Sweet 16

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- The Providence Friars ended their historic run in the NCAA tournament losing to the Kansas Jayhawks at 66-61.

A tough fight at the start of the game with the Friars falling slightly behind offensively while they kept the game tied at 4-4.

Kansas was able to take the lead in the first half with the score separating the teams at 13-6.

That lead would continue, though Remy Martin was able to keep some offense going for the Friars as the score approached 15-8. While Kansas continued their lead the Friars would still gain points where they could. Providence would take their first timeout with 5 minutes left in the first half.

The score would continue to playout as it had throughout the first half, with 3 minutes left the score being 22 for Kansas and 12 for Providence.

While the Friars found trouble scoring the three-point basket, Al Durham would bring some energy to the game breaking that streak with Providence’s first three.

At halftime, Kansas continued their lead at 26-17, Providence only 9 points behind with a second half they hoped to make theirs.

Everyone on the court and in the bleachers were ready for the second half to begin. When it did, some of the same offensive problems following the Friars from the 1st half continued the 9-point trend, with Kansas remaining ahead at 34-23 with 15 minutes left in the game.

Suddenly, that 9-point trend cut down to 7-points with Kansas at 36 and Providence at 29, the Friars looked to continue to close that gap with 12 minutes left in the game.

And the gap continued to close, with Ed Croswell scoring a basket to bring the game to 37-31 at 11 minutes left. Friars turning the game around with 6-0 at the basket.

As time ticked down, the score for both teams went up, at 7 minutes left Kansas kept their lead at 44-42 but the game was heating up in a way that was bringing the best out of everyone.

The Friars took the lead for the first time in the game at 48-47, Kansas answered back swiftly and taking back the lead at 54-48 with 4 minutes left.

With less than 20 seconds left, Kansas kept their lead at 63-59. The final score of the night was 66-61 with Kansas continuing in the tournament.

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