After a strong start to the season and a stumble in the middle, the Providence Friars appear to be back where they were in nonconference play, as they surged past the St. John's Red Storm 90-76 in both teams' regular season finale.
Jalen Lindsey led the Friars with a career high 30 points, Ben Bentil added 23 and 10 rebounds, and Kris Dunn had 13 points and 11 assists.
All in all, it was a dominant display from the Friars, who hit 13 three-pointers. Providence improved to 10-8 in BIG EAST play and will be the 4-seed in the BIG EAST Tournament, playing Thursday afternoon against whoever the 5-seed ends up being.
For the Red Storm, there has to be some relief that the regular season has concluded. The Friars end the regular season at 8-23, their worst regular season in school history. There is light on the horizon, though, as the recruiting class next season is the best in the BIG EAST at the moment.
Durand Johnson led St. John's with 15 points in the loss. The Red Storm will be the 10-seed in the BIG EAST Tournament, and face the loser of the Marquette/Butler game, going on right now, on Wednesday night at The Garden.