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

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

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

"I've had a game like that before".

Just another Ed Cooley hunch that worked out wonderfully.

After Providence's Alpha Diallo made two free throws to extend the lead to three points, Xavieir had the opportunity to tie it in the final seconds. The Big East field is headlined by No. 1 seed Xavier and No. 2 seed Villanova, who entered the week third and second, respectively, in the Associated Press poll.

Fifth-seeded, Friars pulled off a thriller 75-72 overtime victory over No. 1 seed Xavier in the semifinal Friday night.

"We made a lot of mistakes, but these guys made timely plays, timely shots, free throws", Cooley said. In the two encounters this season against them, the Wildcats split a win but has lost the last match at Providence 76-71.

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The Friars have a No. 42 spot on the RPI Index and have dealt one of four losses (by nine points) for Xavier.

Then he blew the roof off of the place. The lefty star scored the opening eight points, including a three-point play past Cartwright and his fourth 3-pointer.

Prior to the final 3-pointer of that run he defended the massive Spellman in the paint and boxed him out on the rebound.

Cooley's instincts prove right again: Cooley pressed all the right buttons over the past three days.

The night before, Cooley had gone to freshman Makai Ashton-Langford for 10 big second-half minutes, and he delivered a jolt in an upset of top-seeded Xavier.

Junior guard Jalen Brunson's four points led this early surge.

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Villanova leads the all-time series 58-38.

Epperson, Ballock and Marcus Foster each scored seven points by the intermission, and CU dished 10 assists on 12 baskets.

Providence would rally to take a 60-58 lead with 41 seconds left in the game.

The final minute featured dramatic swings with both teams seizing momentum. Brunson hit a jumper with 1:17 to play, and Providence didn't score another point. The 6-foot-9 forward grew by leaps and bounds during his time at Sprint Center, making the Jayhawks an even scarier proposition in next week's NCAA Tournament. The Friars led that game by three with just over a minute left before ultimately falling in the closing seconds. It was the third overtime game for the Friars in as many nights. The other five players who saw the floor for St. John's tallied just 13 points on 27.8 percent shooting.

Isaiah Jackson missed a layup attempt with about 12 seconds to play and the Musketeers rushed the ball up court. Bridges snuck in and laid the ball home to give Villanova a one point advantage.

Amid all the intensity, Brunson helped keep things levelheaded.

Then came the back breaker.

Providence never trailed in the extra session. "We were good when we needed to be - Divine Providence was on our side".

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

Providence had more second-chance points with 12, compared to Creighton's 8.

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