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Providence Snaps Losing Skid, Beating Merrimack


The Providence College men’s basketball team defeated Merrimack College, 71-57, on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at the Amica Mutual Pavillion in Providence, R.I. With the win, the Friars improved to 4-2 this season. Redshirt-Senior Ed Croswell (Philadelphia, Pa.) led the way for the Friars with 17 points and seven rebounds. Devin Carter (Miami, Fla.) recorded his first double-double as a Friar with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

“Happy to get the win after a few losses over the weekend,” Head Coach Ed Cooley said. “Devin Carter and Ed Croswell gave us some good effort. We will keep working to get better”

FIRST HALF:
Noah Locke (Baltimore, Md.) hit a floater from the inside of the free throw line to start the scoring for the Friars.
The Friars held a 6-3 lead at the first media timeout.
Merrimack’s Mykel Derring scored the first five points for the Warriors.
Bryce Hopkins (Oak Park, Ill) ended the Friars three minute scoring drought with a coast-to-coast layup after a defensive rebound. Ensuring the Friars’ lead at the second media timeout, 12-7.
Locke buried the first Friars’ three-pointer of the night from the left corner from a penetrating Jayden Pierre (Elizabeth, N.J.).
At the 8:28 mark, Pierre stole the ball and found Croswell for the slam dunk. PC led 21-10.
With 3:29 to go in the half, Hopkins ended a 7-0 Merrimack run with a turnaround jump shot. PC held the lead, 27-21.
With 1:44 remaining, Croswell hit a layup to give Providence their largest lead of the half of 35-21.
Providence led 37-26 at the half.
Providence shot 16-31 (51.6%) from the field, 1-6 (16.7%) from three and 4-6 (66.7%) from the free throw line.
Merrimack shot 8-19 (42.1%) from the field, 3-6 (50.0%) from three and 7-8 (87.5%) from the free throw line.
SECOND HALF:
Locke scored the opening two buckets of the half for the Friars’.
After the first media timeout of the half, Pierre found Carter for an alley-oop dunk.
At the 11:31 mark, Providence capitalized in transition off a Pierre steal, turning into a dunk for Clifton Moore (Ambler Pa.).
At the third media timeout Providence would lead, 55-48.
The Friars’ went on a 9-3 run fueled by layups from Croswell and Hopkins capped off by a Jared Bynum (Largo, Md.) three-pointer to give the Friars a 64-51 lead heading into the final media timeout.
Providence sealed the win with a Carter layup giving the largest lead of the game of 17 points with 14 remaining.
NOTES/HIGHLIGHTS:
Providence finished 29-60 (48.3%) from the field, 3-11(27.3%) from three and 10-14 (71.4%) from the free throw line.
Merrimack finished 20-52 (38.5%) from the field, 10-23 (43.5%) from three and 7-8 (87.5%) from the free throw line.
Four players finished in double figures for the Friars, in Croswell (17), Locke (14), Hopkins(13) and Carter (12).
Providence outrebounded the Warriors, 43-21.
The Friars dominated the paint, outshooting Merrimack, 50-18.
Bynum led the way with a game-high six assists.
Carter snagged a game-high 10 boards.
Ziggy Reid led the way for the Warriors with 21 points.
Attendance – 8,269

WHAT’S NEXT:
The Friars will take on Columbia University on Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Amica Mutual Pavilion in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is set for 4:00 p.m. on FS2.
Providence holds a 3-0 all time series lead against Columbia. In their last matchup, the Friars earned an 81-55 triumph on Nov. 28, 2006.





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