2015-16 PROVIDENCE COLLEGE BASKETBALL NJIT (3-1) vs. Providence College (3-0)
Game #4 • Monday, November 23, 2015 Dunkin' Donuts Center • Providence, R.I. • 6:30 p.m. FS1 2015-16 SCHEDULE & RESULTS NOVEMBER 14 Sat. HARVARD FSN/OSN W, 76-64 18 Wed. ILLINOIS FS1 W, 60-59 21 Sat. BROWN FSN/OSN W, 94-73 23 Mon. NJIT FS1 6:30 pm 26 Thur. vs. Evansville^ ESPNU 9:00 pm ET 27 Fri. vs. Arizona or Santa Clara ESPN2/ESPN3 9:00 pm/ 11:30 pm 29 Sun. vs. TBD^ DECEMBER 2 Wed. HARTFORD FSN/OSN 7:00 pm 5 Sat. at. Rhode Island ESPNU 7:00 pm 9 Wed. BOSTON COLLEGE FS1 7:00 pm 12 Sat. BRYANT FS1 12:00 pm 19 Sat. RIDER FSN/OSN 8:00 pm 21 Mon. at. Massachusetts CBS SN 7:00 pm 31 Thur. at. Butler* CBS SN 2:30 pm JANUARY 2 Sat. ST. JOHN'S* FS1 3:30 pm 5 Tue. MARQUETTE * FS1 7:00 pm 12 Tue. at Creighton* FS1 8:30 pm 16 Sat. SETON HALL* FS1 4:30 pm 19 Tue. BUTLER* FS1 6:30 pm 23 Sat. at Villanova* Fox 12:00 pm 26 Tue. XAVIER * FS1 8:30 pm 30 Sat. at Georgetown* FS1 8:00 pm FEBRUARY 2 Tue. at DePaul * FS1 9:00 pm 6 Sat. VILLANOVA * FS1 2:30 pm 10 Wed. at Marquette * CBS SN 7:00 pm 13 Sat. GEORGETOWN * Fox 12:00 pm 17 Wed. at Xavier* FS1 7:00 pm 25 Thur. at Seton Hall* FS1 7:00 pm 27 Sat. DE PAUL* CBS SN 4:00 pm MARCH 2 Wed. CREIGHTON* CBS SN 9:00 pm 5 Sat. at St. John's* FS1 12:30 pm 9 Wed. BIG EAST Championship (MSG) 10 Thur. BIG EAST Championship (MSG) 11 Fri. BIG EAST Championship (MSG) 12 Sat. BIG EAST Championship (MSG)
ALL GAMES ARE EASTERN TIME AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE # -Gavitt Games at Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, R.I. ^ - Wooden Legacy, Orange County, Calif. & * - BIG EAST Conference Game HOME GAMES IN BOLD CAPS
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2015-16 PROVIDENCE COLLEGE ROSTER PROBABLE STARTERS (5) 2015-16 NO. NAME PTS/REB POS HT 0 Ben Bentil 11.0/9.0 F 6-9 Wilmington, Del./St. Andrew's School 14 3 Kris Dunn 17.7/7.0/6.0 apg/4.7 spg 6-4 New London, Conn./New London HS '12 5 Rodney Bullock 19.0/7.3 F 6-8 Hampton, Va./Kecoughtan HS '13 32 Junior Lomomba 5.3/2.0 G 6-5 Montreal, Quebec/Madison Memorial HS '12/Cleveland State 35 Ryan Fazekas 10.0/3.0 G 6-8 Chesterton, Ind./Marquette Catholic High School '15 OFF THE BENCH 2015-16 10 Quadree Smith 1.3/1.7 F 6-8 Temple Hills, Md./IMG Academy '15 12 Casey Woodring 0.0/1.0 G 6-2 Darien, Conn./Cushing Academy '13 14 Tyree Chambers 0.0/0.0 G 6-2 Bayreuth, Germany/Medi Bayreuth 21 Jalen Lindsey 8.5/3.0 G 6-7 Murfreesboro, Tenn./Huntington Prep '14 22 Ricky Council II 1.7/0.7 G 6-5 Durham, N.C./Moravian Prep '15 24 Kyron Cartwright 4.0/4.7 apg G 6-0 Compton, Calif./Compton HS'14 25 Drew Edwards 1.0/2.0 G 6-3 Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall '15 34 Tom Planek 0.0/0.0 F 6-6 Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick HS 44 Isaiah Jackson --/-G 6-6 Gainesville, Fla./The Villages Charter School PRONUNCIATION GUIDE Ben Bentil - Bent-ill (rhymes with lentil)
Friars vs. NJIT: The Friars have posted 1-0 mark all-time versus NJIT. In the only meeting between the two teams, Providence earned a 64-63 win over the Highlanders on November 10, 2012. Scouting the Highlanders: NJIT returns four starters from last year's squad which posted a 21-12 mark. Leading the team is junior guard Damon Lynn. Last season, Lynn attempted more threes (350) than other Division 1 player. He made 126 of those threes, which was second most of all Division 1 players. He averaged 17. 5 ppg last season. This season, he is leading the team in scoring, averaging 21.0 ppg. Through four games the team has posted a 3-1 mark and Lynn has made 13 of 37 attempts (.351) from three-point territory. Senior Howard Ky is second on the team in scoring (15.0 ppg) and rebounding (6.0). Junior forward Tim Coleman leads the team in rebounding (6.8 rpg) and is third in scoring (12.5 ppg). Friars vs. The Atlantic Sun Conference: The Friars have posted a 3-0 mark all time versus teams from the Atlantic Sun. In their last game versus a team from the Atlantic Sun, the Friars defeated Mercer, 79-77, on November 15, 2009. On Deck: The Friars will return to action on Thursday when they play their first game in the Wooden Legacy versus Evansville at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU in Anaheim, Calif. The Friars will then play Arizona or Santa Clara on Friday in the second game game of the Wooden Legacy.
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Friars vs. Evansville: The Friars have posted 1-0 mark all-time versus Evansville. In the only meeting between the two teams, Providence earned a 98-71 win over the Purple Aces in Providence on December 11, 1975.
20-Point Performances In 2015-16 Player Opponent/Date Bullock Harvard/Nov. 14 Dunn Harvard/Nov. 14 Bullock Brown/Nov. 21
Points 20 32 24
Scouting the Purple Aces: Evansville was picked second behind Wichita State in the Missouri Valley Conference Preseason Poll. The Purple Aces finished last season with 24-13 record after capturing the CIT title. The Purple Aces are led by senior guard DJ Ballentine. Ballentine is a twotime All Missouri Valley Conference First Team selection. He led the team in scoring last season, averaging 20.1 points per game. This season, he averaging 21.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Also leading the Purple Aces is senior center Egidijus Mockevicius, who has been very productice this season. He is averaging 21.3 points and 13.0 rebounds per game. Friars vs. Missouri Valley Conference: The Friars have posted a 3-0 mark all time versus teams from the Atlantic Sun. In their last game versus a team from the Atlantic Sun, the Friars defeated Mercer, 79-77, on November 15, 2009. Friars Defeat Brown, 94-73: The Friars defeated Brown, 94-73, on Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. Two Friars recorded double-doubles versus the Bears. Sophomore Rodney Bullock (Hampton, Va.) scored a game and career-high of 24 points and also grabbed 10 boards. Junior Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.) scored 11 points and contributed 10 assists. Dunn also added seven rebounds and six steals to his stat line. In addition, freshman Ryan Fazekas (Chesterton, Ind.) had 17 points, sophomore Jalen Lyndsey (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) registered 14 points and junior Junior Lomomba (Montreal, Quebec) recorded 11 points In the first half, the Friars maintained the lead for 17:05 minutes. Fazekas paced the Friars with eight points in the first half, going 2-of-3 from three-point territory. Lomomba also contributed with seven points, shooting 2-of-2 from the three-point mark. The first half finished with a 10-point Providence lead, 45-35. The first half featured three lead changes and two ties. Brown’s Justin Massey led all in the first with nine points. The Friars dominated the entire second half, with the largest lead of 28 points coming with 3:32 left in the game, 91-63. Providence did not let the lead fall to under eight points in the second half. For the game, the Friars shot 33-of-58 (56.9%) from the field and held the advantage in the paint (32-26). PC shot a season best 12-27 (44.4%) from three point territory in the win. Massey and Travis Fuller each had 12 points to lead the Bears. Bullock Has A Productive Week: Sophomore forward Rodney Bullock (Hampton, Va.) averaged 18.5 points and 8.0 rebounds as the Friars recorded victories over Illinois and Brown last week. He also shot 15-24 from the field (62.5 percent). Bullock registered a double-double while establishing career highs in points (24) and rebounds (10) in the Friars' 94-73 win over Brown on Nov. 21. Bullock was 9-12 from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line versus the Bears. He leads the team in scoring (19.0 ppg) and is second in rebounding (7.3 rpg). Dunn Fills The Stat Sheet: Junior Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.), who has registered one triple-double (versus DePaul in 2015) in his career, flirted with another triple-double in the Friars' win over Brown on Nov. 21. Dunn scored 11 points, recorded 10 assists, grabbed seven rebounds and made six steals. He has nine double-doubles in his career. Fazekas Heats Up From Three: Freshman Ryan Fazekas (Chesterton, Ind.) was a team best 5-8 from three-point territory and helped the Friars to a season best performance (12-27, 44.4 percent) from behind the arc in the team's win over Brown on Nov. 21. He scored a career-high 17 points versus the Bears. Fazekas has started all three games for the Friars and is averaging 10.0 ppg. Sharing The Basketball: The Friars had a season-high 26 assists in the team's 94-73 win over Brown on Nov. 21. Junior Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.) had a game-high 10 assists in the win. The 26 assists also enabled the Friars to score more than 90 points in a game for the first time since beating Maine, 94-70, on Dec. 21, 2013. Dunn Named Wooden Award Candidate: It was announced on November 17 that junior Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.) was named a Preseason Top 50 candidate for the John R. Wooden Award. The Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 is selected by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts. The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2016 John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s. The Wooden Award National Advisory Board will select 25 players to the Midseason Top 25 in early January. In early February, the John R. Wooden Award will announce one final leading candidate list—the Late Season Top 20—prior to the selection of 15 players to the National Ballot. Nearly 1000 voters will rank order 10 of those 15 players, who have been qualified as meeting the standards set forth by Coach Wooden. Voting will open prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during the early round games. The Wooden Award All American Team will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the John R. Wooden Award will be announced during the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show presented by Wendy’s on Friday, April 8, 2016. 2 - 2015-16 PROVIDENCE COLLEGE FRIARS
2015-16 Providence Basketball Friars in Season Openers: With the win over Harvard on November 14, the Friars improved to 78-11 (.876) all-time in regular-season openers. In addition, the Friars hold an 81-8 (.910) record in home openers. The Friars opened the 2015-16 season at home, the 15th time in 16 years. The only time in the past 16 seasons the Friars did not open at home was the 2007-08 season, when they played Temple in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Providence has won 13 of the last 14 openers, with the lone defeat coming in the 200809 game against Northeastern.
Game Notes 2015-16 Providence BIG EAST Honors Player
Kris Dunn Kris Dunn
Oct. 14 Nov. 16
Preseason Player of the Year BIG EAST Player of the Week
Dunn Named BIG EAST Player Of The Week: It was announced on November 16 that junior Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.) was named BIG EAST Player of the Week. Dunn earned the honor after he registered career highs in points (32) and steals (eight) in the Friars’ 76-64 win over Harvard on November 14. He also added six rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Dunn Registered Eight Steals: Junior Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.), who leads the team in steals (4.7 spg), recorded eight steals in the Friars' win over Harvard on November 14. The eight steals was the most ever by a Friar junior. It also marked the most steals by a Friar since John Linehan had 11 verus Rutgers on January 22, 2002. Bullock Missed Season With Leg Injury: Providence College sophomore forward Rodney Bullock (Hampton, Va.) missed the 2014-15 season after sustaining a leg injury last October. He did not play in the 2013-14 season due to a team suspension. He did make the most of his first opportunity to play college basketball as he registered 20 points and six rebounds versus Harvard on November 14. How The Friars Got To The NCAA Tournament Last Season: The Providence College Friars earned an at-large bid to their 17th NCAA Tournament in 2015. The team finished with a 22-12 mark and an 11-7 record (fourth place) in BIG EAST play. Providence had an RPI of 22 entering the NCAA Tournament and was the 22nd seed. The Friars were the No. 6 Seed in the East. Providence was defeated by Dayton, 66-53, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Columbus, Ohio. For the Friars it was their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. In 2014,the Friars, a No. 11 seed, were defeated in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament by No. 6 seed North Carolina, 79-77, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dunn Named Associated Press Preseason All-American: It was announced on November 9 that junior Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.) was named to the Associated Press Preseason All-America Team. Also named to the Associated Press Preseason AllAmerican Team were senior Kyle Wiltjer (Gonzaga), senior Georges Niang (Iowa State), senior Buddy Hield (Oklahoma) and freshman Ben Simmons (LSU). Dunn has earned a number of other preseason honors this fall, including being named BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year and 2015-16 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook Preseason National Player of the Year. He also was named to the ESPN Preseason All-America Team, the 2015-16 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook Preseason All-America Team, the CBS Sports Preseason All-America First Team and The Sporting News Second Team Preseason All-America squad. In addition to being an All-America candidate in 2015-16, Dunn should be a BIG EAST Player of the Year, Wooden Award, Naismith Award, Cousy Award and National Defensive Player of the Year Award candidate this season. Dunn Named BIG EAST Preseason Player Of The Year: It was announced on October 14 at BIG EAST Media Day at Madison Square Garden that junior guard Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.) was named BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year. Dunn joins Ryan Gomes ‘05 as the only Friars to ever earn Preseason Player of the Year accolades. Friars Looking To Make Third Consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearances: The Friars have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two seasons (2014 and 2015). This season, the team will look to make its third consecutive trip to the NCAA 3 - 2015-16 PROVIDENCE COLLEGE FRIARS
2015-16 Providence Double-Doubles Player Opp. B. Bentil Illinois-11/18 R. Bullock Brown-11/21 K. Dunn Brown-11/21 Total Double-Doubles (3) Bentil (1), Bullock (1), Dunn (1)
Stats 18 pts, 12 rebs. 24 pts, 10 rebs. 11 pts, 10 ast.
Providence All-Time Scoring Leaders Player 1)Ryan Gomes 2)LaDontae Henton 3) Jimmy Walker 3) Eric Murdock 5) Bryce Cotton 6) Jamel Thomas 7) Marvin Barnes 8) Joe Hassett 9) Bruce Campbell 10) Ernie DiGregorio
Years 2001-05 2011-15 1964-67 1987-91 2010-14 1995-99 1971-74 1973-77 1974-78 1970-73
Points - Avg. 2,138 pts - 18.4 ppg 2,059 pts - 15.3 ppg 2,045 pts - 25.2 ppg 2,021 pts - 17.3 ppg 1,975 pts - 15.2 ppg 1,971 pts - 15.9 ppg 1,839 pts - 20.7 ppg 1,828 pts - 14.7 ppg 1,809 pts - 14.8 ppg 1,760 pts - 20.5 ppg
Providence Coaches All-Time NCAA COACHES IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT Joe Mullaney (1964, 1965, 1966) Dave Gavitt (1972, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978) Rick Pitino (1987) Rick Barnes (1989, 1990, 1994) Pete Gillen (1997) Tim Welsh (2001, 2004) Ed Cooley (2014, 2015) OVERALL
2-3 5-6 4-1 0-3 3-1 0-2 0-2 14-18
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Tournament. Providence has made three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament twice in the history of Friar basketball (1964-66 and 1972-74).
FRIARS VS. UPCOMING OPPONENTS NEW JERSEY INST. OF TECH. PC leads 1-0 Home: 1-0; Away: 0-0; Neutral: 0-0 DATE SITE PC OPP W-L 11-10-12 Providence, RI
Friars Make Consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearances: In 2014, the Friars won the BIG EAST Championship and earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. In 2015, the Friars earned an at-large bid to make their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The last time the Friars made consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament was in the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons.
UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE PC leads 1-0 Home: 1-0; Away: 0-0; Neutral: 0-0 DATE SITE PC OPP W-L 12-11-75 Providence, RI
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
Ed Cooley Brings Friars To His Second NCAA Appearance: Friar Head Coach Ed Cooley is in his fifth season with the Friars and 10th season overall as a head coach. In 2014, he led the team to the NCAA Tournament. It was the first time he coached a team to the NCAA Tournament. In 2015, he led the Friars back to the NCAA Tournament. Cooley has posted a 4-5 record in post-season tournaments (2 NCAAs, 2 NITs, CIT). In 2013, he guided the Friars to the Quarterfinals of the NIT. He has brought his teams to five post-season appearances in nine years.
PC trails 2-3 Home: 2-0; Away: 0-2; Neutral: 0-1 DATE SITE PC OPP W-L 12-5-81 Tuscon, AZ 12-3-83 Providence, RI 12-23-90 Tuscon, AZ 12-22-92 Providence, RI 3-23-97 Birmingham, AL (OT) # #NCAA Tournament
58 72 87 81 92
62 69 99 66 96
0-1 1-1 1-2 2-2 2-3
SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY PC leads 5-1 Home: 2-0; Away: 2-0; Neutral: 1-1 DATE SITE PC OPP W-L
Providence, RI 62 60 1-0 White Signs NLI To Attend Providence: Head Coach Ed Cooley announced on November 11 12-21-59 12-12-60 Santa Clara, CA 65 59 2-0 1-28-64 Providence, RI 82 71 3-0 that student-athlete Maliek White (Richmond, Va.) signed a National Letter of Intent to attend 12-19-66 Santa Clara, CA 84 82 4-0 Salt Lake City, UT * 92 97 4-1 Providence College beginning in September 2016. White, a 6-foot-2-inch, 170-pound guard 12-16-72 12-19-75 San Francisco, CA ** 73 66 5-1 Classic **Cable Car Classic plays for George Wythe High School in Richmond, Va., where he is coached by Willard Coker. In *Utah 6