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Providence picks up first Big East victory against Seton Hall

The Friars are on the board!

NCAA Basketball: Seton Hall at Providence Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Led by freshman David Duke’s second-best career scoring game, the Providence Friars picked up their first win of Big East play Tuesday night with a 72-63 home victory over the Seton Hall Pirates.

Duke had 18 points and a team-high three three-pointers in the much-needed victory for the Friars.

Alpha Diallo was the only other Friar in double-figures, as he has been every game this year except one. He had 15 points and led the Friars with eight rebounds. The Friars let Diallo and Duke do their thing, and the rest of the team stuck to their roles and stayed out of the way.

With AJ Reeves’ return looking to be imminent (he shot around before Tuesday’s game and didn’t have his walking boot on anymore), Providence could be a great position to reel off some wins and get back in contention for an NCAA Tournament spot with Duke and Diallo playing well.

Meanwhile, Seton Hall’s recent struggles continued as the Pirates have now dropped three of their last four games.

Quincy McKnight led the Pirates with 16 points, as Myles Powell had a rough night from the field, going 4-15 with 12 points. Seton Hall’s offense has looked out of sorts so far in conference play compared to how it looked in nonconference play, but the Pirates likely have enough talent and enough good wins in the bank to turn things around.

Providence improves to 11-6 and will look to pick up another win Sunday when they travel to Milwaukee to face Marquette. Meanwhile, Seton Hall falls to 12-6 and looked to get their win back as they host DePaul on Saturday.