Friar Basketball

Taking a Look Back at Recent PC/URI Games


With Providence and URI set meet on Friday night, here’s a look back on the past four meetings:

2015: This was maybe the best game of the series since Ed Cooley took over at Providence. A back-and-forth battle ended on Ben Bentil’s tip in at the buzzer at the Ryan Center. The 23rd ranked Friars improved to 8-1 on the season behind Bentil’s 23 points and eight rebounds. Rodney Bullock contributed 16 for PC, while Jared Terrell had 19 for the Rams.

2016: Many assumed the 21st ranked Rams would take down Cooley for the first time, but Kyron Cartwright had other ideas. Cartwright had made four 3-pointers all season before knocking down four of five from beyond the arc in the first half alone. Jalen Lindsey hit a difficult fadeaway with under a minute to play, as PC won 63-60, marking the seventh straight win in the series for the Friars.

2017: The Ryan Center roared as Rhode Island snapped its losing streak against Providence behind freshman Fatts Russell’s 20 points off of the bench. URI led by 11 at the half, but saw that lead cut to three late before they pulled away for a 75-68 victory. Providence was led by its youngsters in this one, with sophomore Alpha Diallo going for 17 points and seven rebounds before fouling out, while freshman Makai Ashton-Langford (12 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists) and Nate Watson (10 points, 4-4 shooting) shined on a day in which the seniors did not show up.

2018: Providence led throughout in a 59-50 win over the Rams at the Dunkin Donuts Center. Freshman AJ Reeves led PC with 15 points. Reeves was the only Friar starter to score in double figures, but PC got 13 points and nine boards off of the bench from Isaiah Jackson and 12 and 7 out of Watson.

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