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Providence defeats Rhode Island at the Dunk

The Friars defeated their in-state foes for the seventh time in eight years.

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As is usually the case, the Providence Friars are the cream of the crop in the state of Rhode Island yet again, as they pulled off a 59-50 victory over the Rhode Island Rams at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Saturday afternoon.

AJ Reeves set the tone for the Friars with 15 points, eight of which came before the first media timeout of the game as the freshman guard found his confidence and his shot early on. Though plagued by foul trouble, Alpha Diallo made his impact felt on the boards as usual, hauling in a team-high eight rebounds on the evening.

Reeves was joined in double-figure scoring by Isaiah Jackson’s 13 and Nate Watson’s 12. Watson also had a team-leading three blocks.

Providence realized coming into the game that Rhode Island didn’t have much in the way of offense, and exploited that throughout the game. Cyril Langevine and Jeff Dowtin combined for 40 of URI’s 50 points, as Langevine had 18 points to go along with 12 rebounds.

In all, Providence did what they had to do to pick up a victory against a lesser team. The result was never in doubt, and the Friars will now travel to Chestnut Hill for a meeting with the Boston College Eagles.