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Massachusetts vs. (10) Providence: Halftime Notes

Providence and UMass are through 20 minutes at the Mullins Center. Here's what you need to know from the first half between the Friars and Minutemen.

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Team 1st Half Score Leading Scorer
(10) Providence 40 Bentil: 16
Massachusetts 28 Davis: 7

  • Providence has Kris Dunn back in the lineup after the preseason Big East Player of the Year missed the last 2.5 games due to illness. Freshman Ryan Fazekas remains out of action with mono.
  • Ben Bentil led all scorers with 16 points on 5/7 shooting. Bentil also grabbed 6 rebounds and had 2 blocked shots.
  • Trey Davis led UMass with 7 points on 3/5 shooting.
  • Dunn looked good in early action and had some highlight reel plays in the first 20 minutes. Dunn went to the bench after picking up his second foul just before the U8 media timeout. That foul was ruled a flagrant 1 after review -- a review that forced the officials to watch the travel they failed to call right before the contact -- but UMass failed to convert the free throws. Dunn finished the half with 9 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds
  • Jalen Lindsey nailed two 3-pointers to open action and had an athletic put back at the horn to give the Friars a 12 point lead going into the locker room. Lindsey had 10 points and 4 rebounds after notching his first career double-double on Saturday against Rider.
  • UMass has not been fluid on offense and Providence's defensive effort has been good, though there were still some mental lapses at times.
  • Junior Lomomba played with a lot of energy in the first half and had no fear going at the rim. Lomomba scored 5 points and handed out 5 assists.
  • Providence has been balanced and assisted on 12 of their 15 field goals.