Ben Bentil led all scorers with 17 points on 4/9 shooting. Bentil hit the first shot of the game and carried the scoring load for the Friars. Bentil is also 7/7 from the free throw line. Providence went 12/14 from the line.
D.J. Balentine led Evansville with 13 points on 5/9 shooting, including 3/5 from beyond the arc.
The Providence offense started off slow and appeared out of sync. Evansville's offense was going early and Balentine made a pair of deep 3-pointers to start the game.
It was surprising to see Providence open the game in a zone defense. It didn't take long for Balentine to shoot the Friars out of it and Ed Cooley switched to man for the rest of the half.
Evansville dealt with foul trouble to 3 of their starters in the first half. Balentine was able to play with 2 fouls but Mockevicius sat for much of the half with his 2 fouls. Gibson was the third starter to pick up 2 first half fouls.