The Notre Dame Fighting Irish came out with more energy early and went right after Providence. Carson Desrosiers had one rebound taken out of his hands and Zach Auguste was active on the offensive glass.
After the initial few possessions the pace opened up a bit following the under 16 media timeout. The teams traded baskets and were pretty even.
One of the story lines to keep an eye on in the second half is Providence's ability to keep Notre Dame off the offensive boards. The Fighting Irish grabbed 5 offensive rebounds in the opening 20 minutes.
LaDontae Henton led Providence in scoring in the first half with 18 points. He was 3/5 from downtown and carried the scoring load with Dunn getting 2 fouls. Notre Dame had a balanced scoring attack with Auguste, Pat Connaughton and Demetrius Jackson all scoring 9 points. Jerian Grant has been held in check in the scoring column but he has managed to dish a few nice assists for Notre Dame.
The crowd is decidedly pro-Providence again here at what Ed Cooley called the Dunkin' Donuts Center South yesterday.
There has been some fantastic heckling going on by the crowd specifically directed at Notre Dame's Jerian Grant. The best lines have been coming from members of the "Cooley World Order" who are sitting behind the Notre Dame bench.
Freshman Jalen Lindsey injured his leg after making a three pointer early in the first half. He went to the locker room and didn't return to the bench. There has been no update on his condition.