PC Friars 79 (17-10) - #9 Nova 82 (23-3)
Another tough loss for the PC Friars against a good team and in Double OT no less. The good thing about these games is that PC knows they can play with anyone (UMASS, Creighton, Nova, etc.), the bad thing is that they keep coming out on the short end of these outcomes.
The Friars needed this shot by Henton to send it into OT:
Then this insane circus shot by Cotton to send the game into Double OT:
Unfortunately at the end of the second OT, Cotton tied the game up with a clutch straight on three with under 30 seconds to go, NOVA came down and got an And 1 to go up three, and on a perfectly drawn up full court play, Henton missed a wide open 3 to send it to triple OT. It's hard to make that many game saving plays to extend a game in a row. But once again, the Friars came up short in a game that may have helped cement their tourney ticket.
Providence now has 10 losses with a great many of them coming down to the wire:
L to Maryland 56-52
L to UMASS in OT 69-67
L to Seton Hall in Double OT 81-80
L to Xavier 59-53
L to NOVA in Double OT 82-79
The one silver lining in all of this is that they could easily make a Big East tournament run in this, having played close game with every team ahead of them in the standings.
And the best thing I saw was that Joe Lunardi had them as "The Last 4 In" during the last UConn game. I'll take it!!
Next Up, Today at 6 PM @ Butler. This is a game they can not afford to lose.