Men’s Basketball No. 17/17 holds off No. 22/RV Marquette, 65-63
PROVIDENCE, RI – The No. 17/17 Providence College men’s basketball team defeated the No. 22/RV Marquette Golden Eagles, 65-63, on Sunday, January 30 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI With the victory, the brothers improved to 18-2 overall for the first time since the 1976-77 season and 8-1 in BIG EAST play for the first time in program history. It was the team’s second win against a ranked team (beat Xavier Wednesday, 65-62) and fourth win of the season against a ranked opponent (4-0). Today’s win marked the Friars’ 600th all-time win at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center (600-235). He also scored the head coach Ed Cooley100th victory for the BIG EAST (100-90). Graduate student Nate Watson (Portsmouth, Va.) led the way for the Friars with a game-high 17 points. Graduate student Noah Horchler (Melbourne Beach, Fla.) recorded a double-double, with 11 points and a record 10 rebounds. Graduate student Justin Minaya (Harrington Park, NJ) played a pivotal role at both ends of the court, finishing with 14 points and six rebounds.
“The crowd helped us win today,” said the head coach Ed Cooley noted. “It was an amazing basketball game, but the crowd wanted our men to win. It’s an honor for our city and our state that after having such a storm yesterday, they were able to get the arena ready to play and our fans braved the elements. I can’t thank them enough.”
- Watson opened the game for the Friars with an emphatic second-chance dunk.
- Marquette’s Tyler Kolek got off to a strong start from three-point territory, knocking down his first two attempts from beyond the arc.
- The Golden Eagles held the Brothers scoreless on a three-minute streak early in the game. Jared Bynum (Largo, Maryland) completed a disputed layup to end the drought in the 13th minute. Marquette led 15-9.
- Each team endured shooting difficulties as the half progressed. Marquette maintained the lead.
- With the Brothers trailing, Minaya and Horchler had three points on consecutive possessions. Marquette led 21-17.
- At 3:09, Bynum stole the ball and AJ Reeves (Roxbury, Mass.) finished the game with a three-pointer. PC closed the gap to two points, trailing 23-21.
- Marquette’s Darryl Morsell recorded five interceptions in the first half. The brothers had 10 turnovers as a team.
- The Golden Eagles led by six at halftime, 29-23.
- Providence shot 9-27 (33.3%) from the field, 4-13 (30.8%) from three and 1-2 (50.0%) from the free throw line.
- Marquette shot 13-32 (40.6%) from the field, 3-13 (23.1) from three, and did not attempt a free throw.
- Marquette had a strong start to the half and extended their lead to nine. At 5:52, Reeves answered with his second three-pointer of the game.
- Marquette led by four, 37-33, in the first timeout of the half.
- At 12:40 p.m., Ed Croswell (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) converted a second-chance layup to cap a 6-0 run. Marquette’s lead was reduced to one, 40-39.
- With 11:40 a.m. remaining, Al Durham (Lilburn, Ga.) knocked down a timely three-pointer to enter the scoring column. The match ended at 42.
- Minaya added her own three-pointer at 8:03. At the 7:17 a.m. media timeout, Marquette had a small lead, 51-49.
- With 5:30 remaining, Durham took the ball coast-to-coast to tie the game at 53. Shortly after, another Durham field goal gave the Friars their first lead of the second half. time, 55-54.
- There were several lead changes as the teams traded baskets down the stretch.
- With 0:43 remaining, Watson made contact on a dunk and finished the game on three points. The Brothers regained the lead, 64-62.
- At 0:26, a missed free throw from Justin Lewis spoiled a chance for the Golden Eagles to tie the game.
- Marquette used a timeout with 0:14 to play. The Brothers led by two points, 65-63.
- Minaya played a crucial role when the Brothers stopped the Golden Eagles on their last possession.
- “When you look at what Minaya has brought to the team, he now has so much more confidence offensively,” Cooley described.
- Providence finished 23-60 (38.3%) from the field, 8-26 (30.8%) from three and 11-16 (68.8%) from the free throw line.
- Marquette finished 23-55 (41.8%) from the field, 5-19 (26.3%) from three and 12-15 (80.0%) from the free throw line.
- Four players finished in double figures for the Friars, in Durham (11), Horchler (11), Minaya (14) and Watson (17).
- Darryl Morsell led the way for the Golden Eagles with 14 points, along with a record six steals. Tyler Kolek and Justin Lewis each added 13 points for Marquette.
- Today’s game was 10 substitutions ahead and tied six times.
- The Brothers controlled the boards in the game, outscoring the Golden Eagles by nine rebounds and recording 22 second-chance points.
- The Brothers have been ranked for six consecutive weeks after entering the polls on December 20, 2021.
- The Brothers have improved to 4-0 over ranked opponents this season.
- “There’s a lot of love and character in this locker room,” Cooley added. “This is one of the closest, if not the closest, teams I have ever coached.”
- Turnout – 12,157
- The #17/17 Friars travel to take on the St. John’s Red Storm on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at Carnesecca Arena in Jamaica, NY Tip-off is set for 9:00 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
- St. John’s hold a 55-64 lead against the Friars. On Jan. 8, a second half took the then-#16/17 Brethren past the Red Storm, 83-73, in Providence, RI