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Twitter Reactions to Providence’s Win Over UConn

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So, maybe it wasn’t a sold out Dunkin Donuts Center, but Ed Cooley and his Friars have to feel great about how they welcomed UConn back the Big East.

Riding what Cooley termed “the most complete game defensively of the season,” Providence held Connecticut to 40% shooting from the field and 20% from beyond the 3-point arc en route to a 70-59 victory.

The loss snapped a three game losing streak for the Friars, with the latest coming in somewhat embarrassing fashion as St. John’s hung 92 points on PC at Alumni Hall. Providence seemed content to play at St. John’s pace early in that game, but on Wednesday night against UConn the tempo was far more methodical. That’s right up Cooley’s alley.

There was plenty for Cooley to like, from holding Connecticut to ten offensive rebounds (they average over 13 a game) to limiting the Huskies to 0-10 shooting from beyond the arc in the second half (UConn went just 4-20 for the game).

Dan Hurley’s group was without star guard James Bouknight. He hasn’t played since injuring his elbow on Jan. 5 and having subsequent surgery on it. There seemed to be significant momentum toward Bouknight returning to the floor on Wednesday, but he was relegated to watching the Friars pull away late in the second half.

For the second consecutive game Noah Horchler provided a lift for the Friars. The North Florida transfers seems to be finding his niche, and led PC with 10 rebounds. He added nine points.

David Duke and Nate Watson had 17 points apiece to lead Providence, while junior guard AJ Reeves filled the stat sheet with 10 points, seven rebounds, and six assists.

Another good sign for the Friars was that they went on a 7-0 run with Duke on the bench in the second half. That spurt turned a 44-42 game to a 49-42 Providence advantage.

Now let’s take a look around Twitter:


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