Publicado: Lun, Marcha 12, 2018
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

Providence coach Ed Cooley ripped his trousers during Big East title game

Providence coach Ed Cooley ripped his trousers during Big East title game

The 39th edition of the Big East championship game, the 36th at MSG, lived up to all that came before it.

Will Villanova play in another shootout tonight when it takes on Providence in the Big East Tournament Championship at 6:30 p.m. ET?

The moment was not too big for an experienced Providence squad as the Friars fought back early, tying the game at eleven behind an all-around effort from sophomore guard Alpha Diallo, who, by the time the game was tied at the 11:30 mark, had six points on a ideal 3-3 shooting, three rebounds and an assist.

Despite holding the lead, the 'Cats had gone ice cold at this point shooting just 3 of 10 on their last ten field goal attempts before half.

Cartwright scored 17 of his 19 points after halftime. What makes the team so hard to defend is its ability to move the ball until someone gets an open shot.

Although the loss was a heartbreaker, the Friars grew up over the last three games. They put the bow on a fantastic season that should have them earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Those who live and die with the program found the inconsistency of this group maddening at times, but they pulled it all together in NY and went on a run that was every bit as thrilling as the 2014 Big East title year. "We just feel so lucky to be part of it". "We have high hopes".

Villanova had rolled to a pair of dominant victories in the tourney and held off a pesky Providence team that finally wilted late in its third straight overtime game.

Providence is off the NCAA Tournament bubble, even if Friars coach Ed Cooley insists his team was never on it. "I wanted our young guys to see how much pride they take in them and in following them".

One major bright spot for the Jays in a losing effort on Thursday was the inspired play of their freshmen - Ty-Shon Alexander, Mitch Ballock, and Jacob Epperson.

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"I don't think we checked out the way we're supposed to, the way we practiced", Cooley said. "Sometimes things don't go your way, but how are you going to respond to that? [Kyron] Cartwright and [Jalen] Lindsey are tough to guard", Wright said.

On the Wildcats' next possession, Brunson rolled off a screen and converted a 15-foot jumper, extending the lead to 62-38.

West Virginia got it to 76-70 on Carter's two free throws moments later, but Miles missed a 3-pointer and Carter missed a circus-style layup, then turned the ball over with a minute left.

The Wildcats led 31-27 to begin the second half and Brunson scored six straight to increase the Wildcats' lead to 10. Brunson and Bridges carried the Wildcats though a wild game in which momentum swung drastically from the start, when No. 2 seed Villanova got off to a nine-point lead before No. 5 seed Providence (21-13) punched back to tie the score.

Kanter finished with 18 points for Xavier, which was 9 of 33 in the second half, including 2 of 11 from long range.

Brunson proved his worth as the best in the conference.

PC didn't let the lead go any higher but Brunson kept scoring, in every way possible and against a wave of defenders.

Diallo had 11 points in the first half for Providence, which helped its cause with a 19-14 rebounding advantage.

Cooley then went to the bench for Drew Edwards and the pesky defender slowed Brunson's onslaught.

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