Story & Photos: Kev Sabitus
Kris Dunn dropped 17 points with six assists and six rebounds in his last Providence College home game at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Providence (21-9, 9-8 Big East) went on to beat Creighton (18-12, 9-8 Big East) 70-66. Despite trailing by six early in the second half, Providence took control of the game for the final 10 minutes to get the win, moving them into a tie for fourth place in the Big East standings.
The noisy Dunkin’ Donuts Center was packed on Wednesday night to witness what is likely to be Kris Dunn’s final home game as a Friar. The night kicked off with a Providence team-internal dunk contest during warmups, followed by shootaround and a fluid pre-game dance session. Despite recently falling out of the top-25, the Friars still appear loose headed into the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
Before tipoff, there was a pregame video tribute to Kris Dunn, Big East Player of the Year, and one of the best Providence basketball players in history of the program. He is expected to enter the 2016 NBA Draft as a probable lottery pick.
It didn’t take long for Dunn to get going as he quickly got three assists in the first five possessions for the Friars.
Creighton started to pull away early in the second half until sophomore forward Ben Bentil made a pair of three pointers as Providence soon after grabbed the lead and held onto it. Bentil continued to take over the game offensively, tallying 27 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Since February 1st, Bentil is fourth in NCAA Division 1 scoring with 23.4 points per game.
After shaking hands with the Creighton coaches and players, the Friars immediately gathered around their coach, Ed Cooley, as he grabbed the microphone to address the crowd and thank them for their loyalty.
The Friars will play on the road vs. St. John’s (8-22, 1-16 Big East) on March 5th to cap off the regular season before the Big East Tournament.