Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Providence coach Ed Cooley rips trousers during excitement of Big East final

Providence coach Ed Cooley rips trousers during excitement of Big East final

What a game and what a difference three days can make. I'm really proud of you guys.

During Saturday's Big East basketball tournament championship game at Madison Square Garden, Providence coach Ed Cooley refused to throw in the towel.

The fifth-seeded Friars erased a 17-point defect in the win en route to their first appearance in the conference title game since 2014. They put the bow on a fantastic season that should have them earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The Big East Tournament has made for so many memorable moments over the past four decades.

The Jayhawks roared back to briefly tie the game, and trailed 34-33 at the break after De Sousa threw down an alley-oop dunk in transition in the closing seconds of the half.

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Once again, Providence responded to Villanova's run with one of its own.

Mikal Bridges added 25 for Villanova.

Then he blew the roof off of the place.

Omari Spellman provided a big boost down low for the Wildcats. You know, you ran him over. The Friars won the most recent matchup 76-71.

And that's what's great about the Big East tournament.

Martin finished with 13 and Baldwin 12.

Xavier scored 55 points in the second half to pull away after St. John's played the tournament's top seed tough throughout the opening 20 minutes.

"It was old school Big East, man", Villanova coach Jay Wright said.

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The final minute featured dramatic swings with both teams seizing momentum.

Cartwright and Watson would account for 17 of the Friars next 23 points, leaving the Friars and Musketeers tied at 64 with less than four minutes to play.

Bridges answered, corralling a loose ball and drilling three-pointer from the top of the key to increase Villanova's lead up to four.

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As the leaders of the team, Martin said they just have to stay together and know any game now can be their last.

It wouldn't have been a game had Carolina not pummeled PC on the glass all night. No other Villanova player reached double-figures. Bridges missed a 3, but Nova grabbed the rebound.

Cartwright converted, splashing a fade away as the shot clock expired to tie the score at 58 with 1:28 to go. Bridges, who scored 25 points, opened overtime with a 3 and hit another that helped stretch the lead for good. We've been down, we've come back, we've won and continued to fight.

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"Eric got so many extra possessions for us", noted Wright. The Friars had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (27.9 vs. 13.8) and had a much better turnover percentage (15.7 vs. 23.5).

Who Public Bettors Like: Providence.

The Friars recruited Paschall prior to his commitment to Fordham in April 2013.

This will be the third time Providence going for the championship clash.

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