Kris Dunn led Providence to an 18-point lead at halftime. The Friars took advantage of DePaul’s combined .320 effort from the field while Dunn nearly posted a triple-double in the first half with 10 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
The Friars jumped to a seven-point advantage before DePaul answered and a three-pointer by Hamilton made the score 14-12 in favor of Providence with 14 minutes left in the first half. Providence (16-5, 6-2 BIG EAST) responded with eight straight points over the next 2:34 and led 22-12 midway through the opening period.
Providence led by as many as 21 points in the first half before taking a 41-23 lead at intermission. DePaul went 8-of-25 from the field that included a frigid 3-of-10 mark from three-point range.
DePaul cut the deficit to eight points late in the second half behind Hamilton. The sophomore scored 14 of his 22 points in the second half and his three-point play with just over four minutes pulled DePaul to within eight at 68-60. However, that would be as close as DePaul would get as Providence as Dunn hit a three-pointer and Carson Desrosiers made two free throws on back-to-back possessions for the Friars.
Billy Garrett Jr. added 16 points and Jamee Crockett scored 14 for the Blue Demons. Myke Henry added 10 with five rebounds. After shooting .320 in the first half, DePaul (11-11, 5-4 BIG EAST) combined go 18-for-28 (.643) in the second half and outscore Providence, 49-42, in the period.
Dunn recorded a triple-double of 27 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists to lead Providence. Desrosiers added 12 points for the Friars.
DePaul faces a quick turnaround and hosts seventh-ranked Villanova on Saturday at Allstate Arena. Start time between the Blue Demons and Wildcats is scheduled for 1 p.m. For ticket information, call (773) 325-SLAM.
Postgame Notes: With the loss, DePaul is tied for fifth in the BIG EAST standings... Jamee Crockett recorded his 40th career game in double-figures... he played in his 100th career game... Tommy Hamilton IV recorded his second career game of 20 or more points... Providence leads the series, 25-8... the Friars have won the last three meetings... the two teams meet again on Feb. 18 at Allstate Arena.
DePaul Falls at Providence
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