Providence, R.I:The Friars (4, 18-14) beat the Charlotte 49ers (5, 21-12) 75-66 at the Dunk on Wednesday night, posting their first postseason victory since the 2003 NIT Tournament. After facing a three point deficit at halftime, PC came out playing a determined style of basketball, putting up 42 points in the second half. The Friars were led by Bryce Cotton, who played as a leading scorer should, netting a game-high 25 points. In my mind, however, Cotton wasn’t the best player on the floor for the Friars. Kris Dunn led the Friars from start to finish, filling up the scoresheet all night. Dunn compiled 14 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and four steals in 34 minutes played. This was undoubtedly Dunn’s most complete game in a Friars uniform this year, giving us a glimpse of what we should see next year with his freshmen year under his belt. Vincent Council also wasn’t ready to see his college career come to an end, scoring 16 points, while pulling down five rebounds and dishing six assists.
Second Round Matchup: The Friars will now host eighth-seeded Robert Morris at the Dunk in the second round of the NIT. Robert Morris upset first-seeded Kentucky on Tuesday night, edging the Wildcats by two points. The day and time of the Friars second round game at the Dunk is to be determined.