Oct. 14, 2011
Click Here For Men's Basketball Video Shown At Late Night Madness
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College Head Men's Basketball Coach Ed Cooley and his Friars opened the 2011-12 college basketball season on Friday, October 14, at their annual Late Night Madness Celebration at the College's Mullaney Gymnasium. More than 3,000 Friar fans jammed into Alumni Hall to see the Friars hit the court. The fans were treated to a festive atmosphere as the men's basketball team was introduced at 10 p.m. After the team was introduced, Head Coach Ed Cooleyspoke to the crowd, and the team participated in a dunk contest.
The evening started at 9:30 p.m. as the fans poured into Mullaney Gym and the Providence College pep band performed. Former Friar greats Joe Hassett, Kevin Stacom, Ernie DiGregorio, Ryan Gomes and Marshon Brooks joined Providence Mayor Angel Tavares and Audi representative David Sorafine served as judges for the slam dunk contest that featured Bryce Cotton (the returning slam dunk champion), sophomore Gerard Coleman and freshmen Kiwi Gardner and LaDontae Henton. Cotton won the contest for the second year in a row. Following the dunk contest the women's squad was introduced and senior Teya Wrightspoke to the crowd. The remainder of the night included performances by the cheerleaders and dance team. Other events included various basketball contests and dance competitions. Providence College's Student Congress ran the evening with the help of several other student groups.
Fans can catch up with the Friars again on Saturday, October 22, from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at Fanfest on the Slavin lawn. The event will feature interactive games and the men's annual Mal Brown intrasquad scrimmage. Admission to the Fanfest and the Mal Brown game is free.