Sophomore Alpha Diallo (New York, N.Y.) scored a career high 25 points while corralling 10 rebounds to pace the Friars attack.
The Friars (14-8, 5-4) struggled offensively for most of the evening as they shot just 39-percent form the floor and 2-of-17 from beyond the arc.
Junior guard Khadeen Carrington led Seton Hall scoring 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Pirates’ forward Angel Delgado finished with a double-double scoring 14 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
The difference in the contest came late in the first half when the Pirates went on a 19-0 run that turned a two point Friars lead into a 17-point deficit.
Providence trailed 41-26 to begin the second half, and by as many as 20 early in the stanza, but back-to-back buckets by Senior Rodney Bullock (Hampton, Va.) and Diallo cut the deficit to 16 with 15:46 left.
As the half went on the Friars continued to chip away as a Diallo triple from the right wing and one-of-two at the free throw line by Kalif Young (Vaughan, Ontario) pulled the Friars within 14, 57-43, at the under 12 media timeout.
Seton Hall continued to keep its distance as Carrington’s third three-pointer of the game from the top of the key upped the Pirates lead back up to 18.
The Friars, however, refused to go down quietly.
Drew Edwards (Perry Hall, Md.) found Diallo for a layup before Maliek White (Richmond, Va.) and Isaiah Jackson (Gainesville, Fla.) scored to trim the Pirates' lead to 63-51 with 7:49 to play.
The uphill climb proved too steep for Providence as Myles Powell and Delgado converted on consecutive trips down the floor. Then, Desi Rodriguez put the game firmly out of reach as his three-pointer from the corner put Seton Hall up 20 with just over four minutes left.
Diallo got the Friars off to a good start scoring seven early points to keep the Friars within one, 12-11, with 11:21 left in the first half.
White came off the bench and instantly provided a spark splashing a three pointer from the left corner to hand the Friars a two point edge.
Providence held a 19-17 lead with just over eight minutes left in the half, but the Pirates went on a 19-0 run highlighted by a pair of triples from Carrington and a three point play from Rodriguez to jump out in front 36-19 at the under four media timeout.
The Friars pulled within 15 going into the locker room as a driving layup by Diallo and two free throws from Edwards cut Seton Hall’s lead to 41-26 at the half.
Up next the Friars travel to Marquette to take on the Golden Eagles at the Bradley Center on Saturday, February 3rd at 2:30 p.m. on FS1.
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