NEW YORK (AP) — Providence kept its NCAA Tournament hopes alive and found yet another way to beat Butler.
Maliek White scored a career-high 19 points and Providence overcame a slow start to...
NEW YORK (AP) — Parity came to the Big East Conference this season, and that is expected to make defending national champion Villanova's bid to win a third straight league tournament a lot more...
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Fairfield has fired coach Sydney Johnson after a 9-22 season.
Johnson, who previously led Princeton to a berth in the NCAA Tournament, was hired at Fairfield in 2011,...
Providence holds on for 64-62 win over Xavier
CINCINNATI (AP) — Providence coach Ed Cooley knows how to beat Xavier, but he'd never done it at the Cintas Center. Finally, he could leave town with a good feeling.
Isaiah Jackson scored 13 points , and Providence got its first Big East road win Wednesday night, holding on for a 64-62 victory over Xavier.
Diallo leads Providence to big road win at Texas 71-65
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Providence went all the way down to Texas to get a big win before heading back into the Big East.
Alpha Diallo scored 20 points and Isaiah Jackson scored 12 to send the Friars to a tough 71-65 victory over Texas on Friday night. The Friars earned some swagger they can take back home.
"There's no soft things in our program," Providence coach Ed Cooley said. "I don't like soft."
Big East to represent Team USA at 2019 Pan Am Games
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Big East Conference will represent USA Basketball for the 2019 Pan American Games, beating out the other Power Five conferences for the honor.
Instead of bringing players together from across the country, officials from the NCAA and the national governing body decided to designate one Division I conference to represent the United States at the tournament traditionally held the year before the Summer Olympics.
Jackson’s free throws help Providence beat BC in OT
BOSTON (AP) — Providence coach Ed Cooley's team needed a clutch 3-pointer at the end of regulation.
In overtime, it was a lot easier: All his players had to do was hit some late foul shots.
Isaiah Jackson hit five free throws in the closing 33.9 seconds of OT and finished with 19 points, lifting Providence to a 100-95 victory over Boston College on Tuesday night.
"It came down to a couple of plays and we were fortunate to make the good plays," Cooley said. "We were very fortunate to win."
Reeves scores 15, Providence downs rival Rhode Island 59-50
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Ed Cooley doesn't plan to watch the game tape from Providence's 59-50 win over rival Rhode Island on Saturday.
But he saw enough to know his young team grew up a lot — particularly on defense.
Freshman A.J. Reeves had 15 points and Providence (6-2) survived a long field-goal drought in the second half to hold off their Ocean State rival.
Student death prompts cancellation of basketball celebration
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The death of a student at Providence College has prompted the school to cancel an annual celebration that kicks off the men's and women's basketball seasons.
The "Late Night Madness Celebration" had been scheduled for Saturday night.
The path to San Antonio: Marcus Fuller’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament predictions
1. A No. 7 or worse seed has reached the Elite Eight each of the past years, including two teams in 2017. This seasons surprise could be No. 10 seed Providence, the only team in the country with three victories over top-five opponents (Xavier twice and Villanova). Plus, how can you not root for Coach Ed Cooley after he wore a towel on his backside to cover his ripped pants in the Big East tourney final?
NEW YORK (AP) — Even ripping his pants halfway through Big East Tournament championship game couldn't spoil the feeling Providence coach Ed Cooley had about his team.
Sure it hurt for the fifth-seeded Friars to lose to second-seeded and No. 2 Villanova 76-66 in their third straight overtime game. That could not take away from what Providence accomplished at Madison Square Garden this week.
Providence rallies from 17 down to stun No. 3 Xavier
NEW YORK (AP) — After spending a season overcoming injuries, disappointments and doubters, Providence made another statement with one of the greatest comebacks in Big East Tournament history.
Alpha Diallo hit a go-ahead jumper with 2:22 left in overtime and fifth-seeded Providence rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit and stunned top-seeded and No. 3 Xavier 75-72 in the conference semifinals on Friday night.
Cartwright scores 5 of 13 in OT to beat Creighton
NEW YORK (AP) — Providence is off the NCAA Tournament bubble, even if Friars coach Ed Cooley insists his team was never on it.
Kyron Cartwright hit two go-ahead free throws with 1:32 left in overtime and added a crucial basket with 16 seconds to go and fifth-seeded Providence took a big step toward a fifth straight NCAA with a 72-68 win over fourth-seeded Creighton in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament on Thursday.
Providence takes 2K Classic with rout of Saint Louis
NEW YORK (AP) — Maliek White elevated from behind the arc and fired. As the ball rotated through the stillness into the hoop the shot clock sounded.
No matter. The shot was good. And as he ran up court, White shook his head in a fashion that recalled Michael Jordan's head shake after drilling six 3-pointers in Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals.
While White's head shake may not join Jordan's in the pantheon of the sport's great moments, that hardly mattered to White, his coaches and his teammates.
Bullock leads Providence to 77-70 win over Washington
NEW YORK (AP) — Among the truisms of sports is that one year's results have nothing to do with how a team will perform in a new season.
It is an adage that Providence coach Ed Cooley espoused, for all intents and purposes after Rodney Bullock scored 17 points to lift the Friars to a 77-70 win over Washington in the second game of the 2K Classic on Thursday night.
"I'm just glad we hung on," Cooley said. "We're trying to learn about our team. It was a pretty competitive game."
Murphy’s 23 helps No. 14 Minnesota past Providence 86-74
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence brought plenty of energy to its matchup with No. 14 Minnesota. However, the Golden Gophers had the toughest player on the court, and he showed up when it counted.
Jordan Murphy had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Minnesota outlasted the Friars 86-74 on Monday night.
Murphy scored 15 points in the second half, leading the Gophers back from a three-point halftime deficit. Nate Mason added 17 points and Amir Coffey finished with 15.
As far as UConn coach Kevin Ollie is concerned, it's an ideal situation.
There's no better way to prepare for a challenging early-season basketball schedule than to play an old Big East and New England rival during the exhibition season.
Plus, it's for a good cause.
Proceeds from Wednesday's exhibition against Providence at Mohegan Sun Arena (7 p.m.) will be donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to aid hurricane victims.
Providence College to play UConn to help hurricane victims
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence College men's basketball team will play the University of Connecticut in an exhibition game to benefit hurricane victims.
The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.
Providence College says all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to benefit hurricane victims. Tickets are currently on sale.
Providence beats No. 23 Bluejays 68-66 on Cartwright late 3
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Kyron Cartwright's winning 3-pointer against Creighton could turn out to be one of Providence's most memorable shots of the season if the Friars make the NCAA Tournament.
Cartwright's 3 from the right wing with 2.2 seconds left gave the Friars a 68-66 victory over the 23rd-ranked Bluejays on Wednesday night.
Providence beats No. 22 Butler 71-65
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence coach Ed Cooley looked at his team after an overtime loss on the road and decided it needed rest more than practice.
Giving his players two days off from running, Cooley told them to think about the little things that could help them win the game. They worked on free throws and had some fun shooting, instead.
Bullock scores career-high 36 in Providence’s victory
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rodney Bullock scored a career-high 36 points and Providence defeated New Hampshire 76-62 on Wednesday night.
Bullock was 12 of 21 from the field, including 5 of 8 on 3-pointers, and also had a team-high six rebounds for the Friars (5-2). Kyron Cartwright added 12 points and four assists and Jalen Lindsey scored 11 points.
No. 7 Virginias beat Providence for Emerald Coast title
NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Providence got physical with No, 7 Virginia and scored 52 points, the most anyone has had this season against the nation's top-ranked defense. It wasn't enough.
Virginia beat the Friars 63-52 to win the Emerald Coast Classic on Saturday night.
Bullock, Providence beat Memphis in Emerald Coast Classic
NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Rodney Bullock scored 18 points and Emmitt Holt added 16 to lead Providence to a come-from-behind 60-51 victory over Memphis on Friday night in the semifinals of the Emerald Coast Classic.
The Friars (4-1) play No. 7 Virginia, a 74-41 winner over Iowa, on Saturday in the title game after the two losing teams square off for third place.
Providence coach Ed Cooley was magnanimous in victory, recalling that his Memphis counterpart, Tubby Smith, has been a longtime mentor.
FAIRFIELD — Past will meet present on Oct. 5 when Fairfield University will welcome Ed Cooley, a former Stags men's basketball coach and current head coach of Providence College, to campus to join current head coach Sydney Johnson for an evening of basketball talk. The event will take place in the lower level of the Barone Campus Center on the Fairfield University campus. The event will run from 8 to 9 p.m.