The Friars didn’t have the best luck against their crosstown rival last season, dropping a 69-68 heart breaker at Brown, a game that undoubtedly hurt Providence’s résumé down the road.
Although the Friars are 92-27 all-time against the Bears, that loss in late December of last season still weighs heavy on Friar fan’s minds.
Providence, led by last week’s Big East Player of the Week Bryce Cotton, will look to make last year’s result a distant memory Wednesday night.
In the absence of point guard Kris Dunn (shoulder), Providence got increased minutes and production from Cotton and Josh Fortune Friday night. Cotton played the whole game in the Friars’ 82-78 overtime win against Boston College, posting a game-high 28 points. Fortune also stepped up, netting a much needed 15 points.
LaDontae Henton also started right where he left off a season ago, tallying his first of what should be many double-doubles on the season, scoring 15 points and collecting a game-high 13 rebounds.
With an uncertainty of how long Dunn will be out, Providence will need the same production from their other top players.
Around the Big East
– St. John’s dropped its first game of the season 86-75 to Wisconsin.
– Doug McDermott scored 37 points in Creighton’s 96-70 win over UMKC Monday night.
– Xavier will host Tennessee tonight on Fox Sports 1 at 9 p.m.
– Former Friar Gerard Coleman scored 16 points and collected three rebounds in 21 minutes played last night for Gonzaga in the Bulldogs’ 93-61 win over Colorado State.