The shooting woes for Providence College continued again Saturday afternoon. Against a tough Seton Hall team, the Friars shot 22-73 (30%) from the field and 5-25 (20%) from 3-point land. In comparison, Seton Hall shot 28-60 (48%) from the field, dominated the glass and the paint with 50 rebounds, and 38 points in the paint.
Seton Hall won 81-72, improving to 13-4 and 3-2 in the Big East, while Providence fell to 15-3, and are also 3-2 in the Big East.
“The Hall” was led by Khadeen Carrington’s 22 points and Isaiah Whitehead and Derrick Gordon both contributed 15 points.
Providence was led by Ben Bentil’s 21 points and Kris Dunn’s 16.
It was a back and forth game for most of the first half, as there were seven lead changes, but the Friars never seemed to be into the game as they had been in previous ones. Any time Providence scored, Seton Hall answered right back with a bucket of their own.
The Pirates closed out the half on a 10-3 run to go up 38-28 and they never looked back. They opened up the second half scoring on nine of their first ten field goal attempts, making it impossible for Providence to mount a comeback.
To make matters worse Kris Dunn picked up his 4th foul with ten minutes left to go in the second half before fouling out on a questionable call with around four minutes remaining. The foul was set up on a an equally questionable decision by Ed Cooley, who subbed Dunn in on a defensive possession, which is always risky when a player is in foul trouble. Without Dunn, it was a tall task for the Friars to come back, and they succumbed to the Pirates.
All in all, Seton Hall deserved their victory. They played more consistently, and shot the ball much more efficiently. Providence never looked like a team that wanted to win the game, they have a lot of work to do if they want to complete the season sweep of Butler, who come to town next Tuesday.
Although in foul trouble, Kris Dunn is still extremely good at basketball, and had some great plays in this game. Take a look at this finish, brought to you by The Morning Hangover. Dare I say, very Michael Jordan-like with the switch of hands.
— The Morning Hangover (@TheMorningHang) January 16, 2016
Ben Bentil continues to show why he’s making a case for the nation’s most improved player and 1st Team Big-East, with yet another 20+ point game. That’s nine games this year, and he’s also had three games with 19 points. Averaging 19.4 points per game compared to 6.4 per game last year.