Friars Victorious on Senior Night

The Providence Friars recorded a much needed victory over Creighton last night 70-66, at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The win was huge for the Friars in terms of staying in the NCAA tournament picture. It improves their conference record to 9-8, and stems the bleeding from a recent run of 2-5 in their last 7 games.

Providence was celebrating it’s Senior Night, and honored academic seniors Kris Dunn and Junior Lomomba in a pre-game ceremony. Dunn is likely heading to the NBA Draft once the season has concluded and Lomomba will try and re-enroll and play with the Friars for a post-grad year next season.

The win also marks Ed Cooley’s 100th win as head coach of the Friars.

Ben Bentil continued his very productive season, carrying Providence once again with 27 points and 10 rebounds. This was his 6th double-double on the year.

Kris Dunn played more like the reigning Big East POY and finished with 17 points 6 rebounds and 6 assists.

James Milliken led Creighton in scoring and finished with 26 points on 8-13 shooting. With star point-guard Mo Watson Jr. slowed with a groin injury for most of the game, the Bluejays relied on Milliken to carry the scoring load.

Milliken was the only Creighton starter to score in double-digits, and it proved to not be enough to see them to a victory.

The Friars head to Madison Square Garden to face St. Johns in their season finale on Saturday at 12:30 PM. A victory would almost guarantee a tournament spot for Providence.

Creighton will head to Cincinnati to face No. 5 Xavier at 2:30 on Saturday for their season finale.


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