The Friars (17-14) came out flat and never led in a 61-44 loss to Cincinnati (22-10) in the second round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday afternoon. Providence trailed by as much as 18 points in the first half (26-8), before showing some heart and ending the half on a 15-5 run to cut their deficit to just eight points (31-23) at the half. The Friars scored the first four points of the half to cut their deficit to four. However, for every PC run, the Bearcats had an answer. PC stuck around for much of the second half, before getting blown away in the final minutes for a 17-point loss margin.
The Friars didn’t have many bright spots in the loss. Kadeem Batts (14pts) and Bryce Cotton (12pts) were the only two Friar scorers in double digits for the game. We shot just 28.1% from the field, including just 1-for-16 from behind the arch. Batts and LaDontae Henton led the way on the glass, with each pulling down eight boards.
Sean Kilpatrick scored a game-high 17 points for the Bearcats in their victory. JaQuon Parker had the games lone double-double, compiling 15 points and 10 rebounds for Cincinnati. The Bearcats will now play Georgetown tomorrow at 12pm in the third round of the Big East Tournament.
The Friars should be in good shape to make the NIT, despite the loss. We’ll have to wait till Sunday to know for sure.