Providence Native Ed Cooley Wins 200th Game with Friars
The Providence College men’s basketball team defeated Saint Peter’s University, 85-71, on Saturday, Nov. 27 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. With the win, the Friars improve to 6-1 on the season. Today’s win marked the 200th career victory for Head Coach Ed Cooley at Providence College. Cooley became the third coach in program history to win 200 or more games for the Friars, joining Joe Mullaney (319) and Dave Gavitt (209). Graduate student Noah Horchler (Melbourne Beach, Fla.) had a double-double, with 25 points in the game, his career-high at Providence, and 11 rebounds. Graduate student Nate Watson (Portsmouth, Va.) added 23 points and six rebounds.
“I coach because I love it,” Cooley said. “I am honored to be the head coach at Providence College.”
Jared Bynum found Horchler in the paint to open the game for the Friars.
The Friars led 11-8 at the first media timeout of the game.
At the 11:18 mark, Horchler banked in a three-pointer to extend the Friars’ lead to four points, 16-12. The Peacocks had not scored in nearly two minutes.
With 7:51 left to play in the half, Nate Watson (Portsmouth, Va.) scored in the paint to extend the lead to double-digits, 24-14. The basket capped off an 8-0 Friars scoring run.
Following a Friars timeout, A.J. Reeves (Roxbury, Mass.) converted from three-point territory and Matteus Case (Pickering, Ontario) scored in the paint. The Friars had made eight of their last nine attempts and held a 38-33 lead.
The Friars led 38-37 at halftime.
Horchler was the only Friar to reach double figures before halftime, starting the game 7-7 from the field. Daryl Banks III notched double figures for the Peacocks.
Providence shot 13-19 (68.4%) from the field, 4-7 (57.1%) from three, and 8-10 (80.0%) from the free throw line.
Saint Peter’s shot 13-24 (54.2%) from the field, 2-4 (50.0%) from three, and 9-11 (81.8%) from the free throw line.
At the start of the second half, Daryl Banks III knocked down a three-pointer to give the Peacocks the lead.
With the Friars trailing, Horchler buried his third three-pointer of the game to regain the lead. Horchler remained perfect from the field in eight attempts. The Friars led by a small margin, 45-44.
“Coach calls my number and I’m always ready to shoot the ball,” Horchler said.
Reeves made a three-pointer from the right wing with 7:53 to play. The Friars’ lead was back to double-digits, 65-55. The Friars were on a 9-2 run, while the Peacocks had missed four of their last five attempts.
Al Durham (Lilburn, Ga.) found Watson on an alley-oop. The Peacocks responded with a three-point basket by Daryl Banks III. The Friars led 71-60 with less than six minutes left.
The Friars maintained their lead through the final stretch of the game.
Providence finished 25-39 (64.1%) from the field, 6-13 (46.2%) from three, and 29-31 (93.5%) from the free throw line.
Saint Peter’s finished 27-59 (45.8%) from the field, 6-18 (33.3%) from three, and 11-15 (73.3%) from the free throw line.
The Friars out-rebounded the Peacocks by nine in the game.
Four players finished in double figures for the Friars, in Durham, Horchler, Reeves, and Watson. The Peacocks had three players in double figures.
Horchler had game-highs in both rebounds and assists, with 11 and five, respectively.
Daryl Banks III led the way for the Peacocks with a game-high 26 points.
Jaylen Murray had a game-high four steals for the Peacocks.
With the win, the Friars now hold a 107-25 all-time record versus MAAC teams, including a 2-0 record this season. In the Friars’ most recent game versus an MAAC opponent, Providence defeated Fairfield, 80-73, on Nov. 9.
Attendance – 5,987
The Friars will take on Texas Tech University as part of the BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. on FS1.
This is the second all-time meeting between Providence and Texas Tech. In their first meeting, the Friars defeated the Red Raiders, 53-52, on Dec. 30, 1977 in the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.