Cincinnati 92, Providence 88

Why Cincinnati Won: Providence’s defense had trouble stopping Cincinnati all game, but the Friars offense simply sputtered for most of the 2nd half (until the very end when Curry started drilling late threes in a furious late comeback that fell short). The Bearcats stepped up their defense in the 2nd, and forced PC into many poor shots within the half court set. Even though the Friars shot a great 13-34 (38.2%) from downtown, 10 of those came within the first 6 minutes and the last 90 seconds. In between was pretty effing ugly. Cincinnati almost tried to throw the game away in the final few minutes with a boat load of missed foul shots, but Providence couldn’t dig themselves out of the big hole they dug themselves in.

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