COLUMBUS, Ohio (WPRI) — It was an abrupt and frustrating end to the basketball season for the Providence College Friars.
Turnovers, missed shots, and a technical foul on Head Coach Ed Cooley during a timeout, all contributed to a loss in PC’s opening round game against the Dayton Flyers.
The 6th seeded Friars entered the game as the favorites, but a heavily pro-Dayton crowd helped fuel the 11th seed to an easy 66-53 win in Columbus, OH, just 72 miles away from Dayton’s campus.
The wheels came off for the Friars in the second half, when Cooley, during a timeout, slammed a folding chair down, presumably in an effort to fire up his team, and was called for a controversial technical foul.
PC struggled following that call, committing several turnovers and missing several shots.
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Senior forward, LaDontae Henton led the Friars with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Junior forward Dyshawn Pierre led Dayton with 20 points.
The Flyers move on to play #3 seed Oklahoma on Sunday.