March 6, 2010
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team (12-18, 4-14 BIG EAST) fell to Seton Hall University (18-11, 9-9 BIG EAST) by a score of 92-80 on Thursday, March 6 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The Pirates used 53.3 percent shooting (16-30) to take a 43-35 at halftime and the Friars could not move closer than seven (67-60) for the remainder of the contest.
Freshman guard Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the Friars with a career-high 25 points and added six rebounds and four assists, while senior guard Sharaud Curry (Gainesville, Ga.) recorded 19 points in his final home game as a Friar. Freshman forward/center Bilal Dixon (Jersey City, N.J.) added his fourth double-double of the season, recording 11 points and a career-high 19 rebounds for PC.
The Pirates raced to an early 15-9 lead behind eight early points from Jeremy Hazell. A lay-in by junior guard/forward Marshon Brooks (Stone Mountain, Ga.) cut the Seton Hall lead to two (15-13) and another smooth finish by Brooks kept the Friars down two (20-18) at the 10:50 mark of the first half. With the Pirates leading 25-23, Seton Hall posted the next nine points to extend their advantage to 11 at 34-23 with 5:05 remaining in the half. A 3-pointer by senior guard Sharaud Curry (Gainesville, Ga.) moved the Friars back within six at 41-35, but the Pirates made the last shot of the half to take a 43-35 lead into intermission.
Providence dominated Seton Hall on the boards in the first half, out-rebounding the Pirates, 28-13. Curry led the Friars with 14 first-half points.
Seton Hall scored the first four points of the second half to build the lead back to 12 at 47-35, but the Friars moved back within seven (53-46) on a second chance lay-in by Brooks at the 14:09 mark. The Pirates responded with a 6-0 run to take a 59-46 lead, but the Friars scored seven of the next nine to move back within eight at 61-53 with 9:59 remaining in the contest. A steal and lay-in by Seton Hall's Jordan Theodore put the Pirates back in front by 11 at 73-62 and the Friars could not move any closer for the remainder of the contest.
The Friars return to action on Tuesday, March 9 at the BIG EAST Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y. With tonight's loss, the Friars have secured the No. 15 seed in the annual tournament and will have a rematch against Seton Hall at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
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