slides: #11 Providence Upset on The Road by DePaul, 77-70
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Providence College Friars (18-5, 6-4 Big East) fell 77-70 to (8-14, 2-8 Big East) DePaul on Tuesday night in Illinois. The loss is PC's first road loss of the season.
Providence forward Ben Bentil was injured in the first half of the game when his ankle was rolled on. Bentil tried to play through it but was ineffective and sat most of the second half.
See the Five Takeaways Slideshow Below
The Friars took a 43-40 lead with 18:42 to play in the game on a Kyron Cartwright three but would miss on two attempts to stretch it to five. Both Junior Lomomba and Kris Dunn missed layups.
From that point, DePaul went on a 13-2 run to take a 53-45 lead with 12:52 to play.
PC would get within one, 56-55, after a Rodney Bullock bucket with 9:38 to play before DePaul again would stretch thier lead, going on a 8-2 run to take a 64-57 lead with 5 minutes left.
Providence would get as close as three, 66-63, with 2 minutes to play but could never get over the hump.
Providence did not start the game well as they fell behind 8-0 before finally scoring on a Ben Bentil jumper.
The Friars would trail 19-8 before tying the game at 26 on a Ryan Fazekas three-pointer with 8:11 left in the half.
The Friars would take their first lead of the game, 38-36, on a Ryan Fazekas three with 56 seconds left but would go into the locker room with a 38-38 tie.
The Friars were led by Kris Dunn who netted 14 points on 5 of 20 shooting from the field while also dishing out 8 assists.
Ryan Fazekas followed up with 13 points, going 3 of 6 from three-point land and 4 of 7 from the field overall.
Providence will have a chance to bounce back on Saturday when they host #3 Villanova at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
Tip off is set for 2:30 p.m.
Related Slideshow: 5 Takeaways From PC’s 77-70 Loss to DePaul
If there was anything positive to come out of this game it was that freshman Ryan Fazekas seemed to find his stroke from beyond the arc.
Fazekas went 3 of 6 from three-point land and scored 13 points in the game.
This is a good sign for the Friars going forward.
Kris Dunn's worst game of the season came at the worst time for the Friars with Ben Bentil getting injured.
Dunn led the Friars with 14 points but got it on 5 of 20 shooting from the field and 2 of 4 from the free throw line.
At one point in the game, Dunn went almost 20 minutes withouth scoring a field goal and was clearly getting frustrated down the stretch.
PC's interior defense was not there tonight as DePaul got what ever they wanted in the paint, layups, dunks, just about everything.
DePaul had 42 of their 77 points come in the painted area, just dominating.
PC was hurt by the absence of Ben Bentil and when coach Cooley switched to a zone later in the game, but it was too late.
2nd Chance Points
In part because of Bentil's injury, the Friars got smoked on the offensive glass, allowing DePaul to grab 18 offensive rebounds and cash in for 23 second chance points.
The Friars only had 6 second chance points on their 9 offensive rebounds.
Overall, PC lost the rebounding battle 48-24.
Ben Bentil got injured in the first half of the game when a DePaul player rolled up on his ankle under the basket. Bentil tried to play but was ineffective and only played about a minute in the second half.
Bentil had 6 points and 2 blocked shots in his time on the floor. Bentil is expected to see a doctor and have X-Rays when PC returns home.
Now the concern shifts too, will he be ready for Saturday when the Friars host Villanova?
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