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Providence upends UConn for much-needed win

The Friars can have a brief reprieve.

Marquette v Providence Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

The Providence Friars scored a much-needed victory on Wednesday afternoon.

The Friars took down the rival UConn Huskies at Alumni Hall, earning a 70-59 victory. PC’s victory assures them that their three-game skid came to an end, and can perhaps be a needed reprieve after a significant tumble since 2021 began.

Victories have been hard to come by for Providence since the calendar turned over. Wednesday’s win was only their third of the year, and first of the month of February. If they’re lucky, that fortune will change now, and perhaps they can reel off some more wins heading into the all important month of March.

Nate Watson starred once again, as the Providence big man has been rolling lately. Watson provided 17 points and six rebounds, with two assists, one block and a steal in 32 minutes. Watson didn’t commit a single turnover either, playing a super clean game and then some. David Duke also scored 17 points, and A.J. Reeves added 10 to give the Friars three double-figure scorers. Noah Horchler fell a point shy of joining them, while Alyn Breed fell three short with seven points of his own.

UConn struggled once again to get points without star James Bouknight. R.J. Cole chipped in 14 points off the bench while Tyrese Martin had 13 in 28 minutes. Adama Sanogo had nine points, but no other Husky scored more than six points on the afternoon.

The Friars are scheduled to play DePaul on Saturday, while UConn is slated to play Xavier.