New York, NY – Providence topped Creighton 65-58 in the Big East Conference championship game. In the first half both teams showed championship nerves. Providence’s length and activity in their 2-3 zone created problems for Creighton. The Bluejays did not move the ball efficiently, which forced bad three point shots and six first half turnovers. Meanwhile, Providence’s offense was also struggling but their offensive rebounding and Tyler Harris’ nine first half points carried Providence to a 26-17 halftime lead.
In the second half the superstars showed up. Creighton’s Doug McDermott hit four three-pointers in the second half (27 points total.) But, Providence’s 2-3 zone still gave Creighton troubles especially Ethan Wragge who was 1-of-7 from three. Providence’s Bryce Cotton took more of a scorers role and in the second half, scoring 16 out of his 23 points. Ladontae Henton made a clutch jump shot with 45 seconds left to make it 60-56 Providence lead. Henton also, made two free throws to extend the lead to 62-56. These shots by Henton and holding the best three-point percentage team in the Big East to 26 percent in the game, iced the game for Providence.
It will be interesting to see how much of a seeding boost this will give Providence. The Friars were a bubble team entering the Big East tournament.
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