Down 16 points with 10 minutes to go, the Friars went on a 17-0 run to take the lead near the three minute mark, finishing the game on a remarkable 27-4 run in a 67-60 win over Vanderbilt in the opening round of the Paradise Jam.
Trailing 31-26 at halftime, Providence came out flat in the second half, allowing Vanderbilt to mount a 16 point lead.
But led by point guard Kris Dunn, the Friars were able to chip away. Dunn, who filled up the score sheet with 10 points, five assists, four rebounds, and three steals, was able to use his length to get in passing lanes and force turnovers.
Following Providence’s best win of the young season, Coach Cooley called it “an incredible team win.”
The Friars were led offensively by four players in double-figures: Dunn (10), LaDontae Henton (12), Bryce Cotton (14), and Tyler Harris (15).
Vanderbilt’s Rod Odom led all scorers with a game-high 17 points.
The Friars remain undefeated at 5-0 and will now play La Salle at 9:30 on Sunday for a trip to the championship.