PC beats UNH for Cooley’s 200th career coaching win

Nov 30, 2016; Providence, RI, USA; Providence Friars forward Rodney Bullock (5) shoots the ball past New Hampshire Wildcats guard Jaleen Smith (0) during the second half at Dunkin' Donuts Center. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 30, 2016; Providence, RI, USA; Providence Friars forward Rodney Bullock (5) shoots the ball past New Hampshire Wildcats guard Jaleen Smith (0) during the second half at Dunkin' Donuts Center. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Junior Rodney Bullock scored a career-high 36 points, including four three-pointers, and added six rebounds, three assists and three steals to lead Providence to a 76-62 victory against New Hampshire in a non-conference contest at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Wednesday evening.

Junior Jalen Lindsey (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) added 11 points and five rebounds for PC while junior Kyron Cartwright (Compton, Calif.) had 12 points, four boards and four assists in the victory for the Friars.

Senior Jaleen Smith (Freeport, Texas) paced New Hampshire with a team-high 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists while junior Iba Camara (Dakar, Senegal) had 10 points and six boards in the setback for the Wildcats.

After some back and forth action to start the contest and the score tied 9-9, Providence used a 7-0 run, capped by a three-pointer by freshman Malik White (Richmond, Va.) for the 16-9 advantage with 11:28 left in the first half. New Hampshire responded, however and used a 10-2 run of its own for the 19-18 lead on a layup by sophomore David Watkins (Dorchester, Mass.) with 9:39 left on the clock, forcing a PC timeout. The Friars then dominated play for the remainder of the first stanza, out-scoring UNH by a 20-5 margin, including 11 points from Bullock during the stretch, to take the 39-23 lead heading into the locker room at halftime. Bullock scored 19 of his 36 points in the first half as Providence shot 50.0% (16-for-32) from the field while holding the Wildcats to just 33.3% (9-for-27) from the floor in the first half.

New Hampshire chipped away at the PC lead throughout the second half and closed the gap to 11 points when a pair of free throws by freshman Kijana Love (Cibolo, Texas) made the score 66-55 with 4:51 left in regulation. That would be as close as UNH would get, however as Providence pulled away down the stretch en route to the 76-62 victory.

PC shot 45.8% (27-for-59) from the field, including 57.1% (12-for-21) from behind the three-point stripe and 58.8% (10-for-17) from the free throw line while New Hampshire shot 41.2% (21-for-51) from the field, 40.0% (10-for-25) from the three-point line and 100.0% (10-for-10) from the free throw line.

The victory gave coach Ed Cooley his 200th career victory.

In upcoming action, Providence will host intra-state rival URI in a non-conference contest at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 4:30 p.m.