Friar Basketball

Friar Starting Five: PC Over St. Peter’s, A Look Around the Big East

Duke Driving

Providence picked up a 68-47 win over St. Peter’s on Saturday afternoon. PC was led by David Duke’s 17 points, while Alpha Diallo was the other Friar to score in double figures with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Duke was in attack mode in this one, making eight of the nine free throws he attempted, while dishing out six assists in 34 minutes. Jimmy Nichols, Kalif Young, and Emmitt Holt all scored seven points in the win.

PC scored 29 points off of turnovers and led by as many as 26 at one point.

Here is today’s Starting Five:

1.Ed Cooley was happy with the win, but felt as though the energy in the building was lacking.

2. Kevin McNamara writes on how this group is still figuring out its rotations. Providence was without AJ Reeves and Greg Gantt on Saturday, while Nate Watson remains out with no timetable set for his return. Reeves is suffering from back spasms, Gantt is home in North Carolina attending to a family issue, and while Andy Katz said earlier this season that the Friars were hopeful Watson could return by the Merrimack game (this Tuesday), he is still sidelined. There is no need to rush Watson back at this juncture.

3. Brendan McGair has the full postgame press conference.

4. Mike Demars of provided a video recap. Cooley explained how he will go about handling playing time for this group.

5. The shot of the day didn’t come from someone on scholarship, however.

Off the Bench:

Vermont knocked off St. John’s with a last second shot on Saturday. The conference went undefeated otherwise, with Villanova beating Ohio (78-54) after being blasted by Ohio State on Wednesday, DePaul improving to 5-0 with a beatdown of Cornell, Creighton edging out Louisiana Tech (82-72), and Butler rolling past Wofford (80-61). Xavier also snuck by Missouri State (59-56) on Friday.



  1. B Hall

    November 17, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    THE WIN OVER ST PETERS means nothing. Beating cupcakes in Your own gym means nothing. Cooley wasn’t happy with the energy from the crowd , maybe PC fans are not happy with the lack of energy the team showed at Northwestern.

  2. Bob

    November 17, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Don’t blame the crowd Ed. After getting whooped by northwestern what should have never happened the boys did not look that great against a much inferior team in St Peters. Sloppy play, poor shooting, and bad decisions by the better players didn’t give us much to cheer about.

  3. Jim

    November 17, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    We’ll have to see how the season plays out but DePaul, Xavier and Marquette are looking pretty good based on who they’ve played.

  4. Wally

    November 17, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    I’m more worried about Gantt returning home.
    Sounds indefinite to me. Kid is a great talent. Can’t afford to lose him, can’t let that happen!!!

  5. Derec Lamendola

    November 17, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    I know what we going to do and we Need to Purt on Ed Coooley back on Tv and we Can See what ia going on and what happened to Greg Gannitt and his Family and do you know when he is coming back to Schiol and becusee we Need him back and what is going on with that and let me know tonight something and tommerrrow and We Need Back Nate Waston come back and i Say we Need

    To have Coach Ed Coooley on the NBC 10 News and NBC 12 News and We Need Ed Coooley on The Channel 6 News And We Need Ed Cooley On The Chanel 10 News and We Need Ed Cooley Every News and I wont Ed Coooley Say We Need Every one this Week becusee Every is coming home Thinksging

    And providnece College Mens Basketball needs Ed Coooley Every News and i didnt see Eenney One Yesterday becusee the Game was Broing and it was at 2 that Every one was saying and We Need Every Bundey every one on tueadsy and let the All Dunk Jaming UP Tueaday Night tlak to me tonight and Tommerrrow

  6. Marty

    November 19, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Is Nate Watson playing tonight ?

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