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Friars can’t dig out from Red Storm, lose 86-76

February 4, 2014

PC's Bryce Cotton, pictured here in an earlier game against Brown University, was the Friars' leading scorer on Tuesday night in their loss to St. John's. (File photo by Ernest A. Brown)

PROVIDENCE – The beauty of this new Big East arrangement is that teams are guaranteed two regular season meetings.

If you stub your toe in the first meeting, fear not. There’s a rematch on the docket.

Tuesday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center had that “nice to see you again” ring to it. Providence and St. John’s had already staged one hardwood confrontation with the Friars squeezing out a one-point win in double overtime. That game took place last month at Carnesecca Arena.
Clearly out for revenge, the Red Storm had their way for what PC head coach Ed Cooley felt was the first 26 minutes of the game. Yet as St. John’s coach Steve Lavin pointed out, he’s seen enough Big East games this winter to know that no lead is truly safe.

Eventually, Providence was going to rise from the ashes and make St. John’s think twice about waltzing out of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center with a lopsided victory. Lavin’s fears were realized as the 23-point advantage that his team had built nearly went up in a cloud of smoke.
In the end, St. John’s didn’t completely crumble and by virtue of its 86-76 victory was able to gain a split of season series with Providence. D’Angelo Harrison led the victors with 22 points on 4-of-15 shooting while teammate JaKarr Sampson was far more efficient, netting 21 points on 10-of-15 from the floor.

For full story, see Wednesday's print edition of The Call.

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