Providence Friars Men’s Basketball: Game Notes, Player Updates, and Rivalry History Vs. URI

2023-11-30 19:45:14

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Men’s Basketball Game Notes Vs. Rhode Island

Friars Versus Rhode Island: The Providence Friars and the URI Rams will be playing for the 133rd time on December 2. PC holds a 76-56 edge in the series, including a 40-23 mark in Providence. In the last 19 meetings between the two teams, Providence holds a 13-6 advantage with the Friars winning 10 of the last 12 games. Last season, the Friars defeated the Rams, 88-74, on December 2, 2022 in Kingston, R.I.  In the most recent meeting at the Amica Mutual Pavilion on December 4, 2021, the Friars earned a 66-52 win.  The first two meetings between PC and URI were exhibition contests in Kingston in 1920 and 1921. The first regular season match-up was a 53-28 Friar win at the Rhode Island Auditorium on February 9, 1935.

Friar Tid Bits:

*The Friars have played Rhode Island more than any other opponent all-time (132 times).

*The Friars rank first in the BIG EAST in blocked shots, averaging 6.6 bpg.

*Josh Oduro leads the Friars with 1.4 blocks per game.

*Josh Oduro is 27 points shy of scoring 1,500 for his career.

*At .353 (155-439) the Friars have the top field goal percentage defense in the BIG EAST.

*The Friars had a season-high 25 assists on 29 made baskets in a win over Wagner on 11/28.

*Devin Carter grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds and scored 10 points in a win over Wagner on 11/28.

*Ticket Gaines made a career-high seven three pointers in a win over Wagner on 11/28.

*Bryce Hopkins is leading the Friars in scoring (16.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.9 rpg).

*Bryce Hopkins recorded 25 pts/14 rbs for his 13th career double-double in PC’s win over Lehigh on 11/24.

*Josh Oduro was 13-18 from the field and scored a season-best 29 points versus Lehigh on 11/24.

*Devin Carter recorded his fourth career double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds versus Georgia (11/19).

*Devin Carter was named to the Baha Mar All-Tournament Team on 11/19 after leading PC to a 1-1 mark.

*PC shot a season best 24-41 (58.5%) versus Wisconsin on 11/14.

*Josh Oduro registered 13 pts/12 rbs for his 16th career double-double in PC’s win over Milwaukee on 11/11.

*Jayden Pierre had a career-high 16 points on 5-10 shooting in PC’s win over Milwaukee on 11/11.

*The Friars have seven newcomers on the roster this season.

*The Friars have two graduate students on the roster – Ticket Gaines and Josh Oduro.

*The Friars have 14 players on the roster and three of those players came via a transfer.

*Bryce Hopkins was named to the 2023-24 Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team.

*Devin Carter earned 2023-24 Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention honors.

*Bryce Hopkins was named to the CBS Sports Preseason All-America Third Team.

*Bryce Hopkins was named to the College Sports Today All-America Second Team.

*Bryce Hopkins was named to the NABC Division I Player of the Year Preseason Watch List.

*Bryce Hopkins was named to the Karl Malone Award Preseason Watch List.

*Bryce Hopkins was named to the Naismith POY Watch List.

*Bryce Hopkins was named to the Wooden Award POY Watch List.

*In 2023, the Friars made their 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and seventh since 2014.

*In 2023, the Friars finished tied for 4th place with UConn in league standings with a 13-7 mark in BIG EAST play.

*PC registered 13 BIG EAST wins for the second consecutive season and the second time in team history in 2023.

*PC has registered 20 or more wins in 30 of the team’s 97 seasons.

*The Friars are 41-3 in their last 44 games at the AMP and 623-238 (.724) all-time.

*PC is 91-5 in non-conference home games over last 13 seasons, including a 24-game unbeaten streak since 2019.

RIPTA Toy Drive: Fans are asked to bring a new or unused toy to the PC versus URI  game on Saturday, December 2 — toys will go to the RIPTA Toy Drive for Esperanza-Hope game.  Fans who bring a toy will receive a ticket voucher for a women’s basketball game or men’s hockey game this season.

Friars Defeat Wagner: The Friars defeated Wagner, 86-52, in a non-conference match-up at the Amica Mutual Pavilion on November 28 in Providence, R.I. Ticket Gaines (Buffalo, N.Y.) recorded a career-high seven three-pointers on 10 attempts. Devin Carter (Miami, Fla.) grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds, Garwey Dual (Houston, Texas) registered a career-high five assists, and freshman Rich Barron (Chicago, Ill.) scored a career-high eight points. Gaines finished with 21 points and Bryce Hopkins (Oak Park, Ill.) added 20 points.  Carter had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.  With the win, Providence improved to a 6-1 record on the season.

Gaines Has Seven Threes Versus Wagner:  Graduate student Ticket Gaines (Buffalo, N.Y.) recorded seven threes to account for all 21 of his points in the Friars’ 86-52 win over Wagner on November 28.  His seven threes marked a career high.  He is averaging 8.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game this season.

Carter Puts Up Big Numbers:  Junior Devin Carter (Miami, Fla.) scored 10 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and added six assists in the Friars’ win over Wagner on November 28.  His 13 rebounds established a career high and the the six assists tied his career high.  Carter is second on the team in scoring (14.7 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg).

Oduro Scores 29 Points Versus Lehigh:  Graduate student Josh Oduro (Gainesville, Va.) registered a season-high 29 points and seven rebounds on 13-18 shooting from the field in the Friars’ 78–64 win over Lehigh on November 24.  He is third on the team in scoring (14.6 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg).

Hopkins Named To BIG EAST Honor Roll:  Junior Bryce Hopkins (Oak Park, Ill.) recorded 25 points and 14 rebounds versus Lehigh on November 24.  For his efforts, he was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on November 27.  It was his third double-double of the season and the 13th of his career.  Hopkins leads the Friars in scoring (16.3 ppg)and rebounding (8.9 rpg).

Dual Makes First Career Start: Freshman guard Garwey Dual (Houston, Texas) made his first career start in the Friars’ 78-64 win over Lehigh on November 24.  The freshman guard recorded three points and three assists in 28 minutes of action.  For the season, he is averaging 5.3 points and 2.7 assists per game.

Floyd At The Point: Sophomore guard Corey Floyd (Franklin, N.J.) made his first career start versus Georgia on November 19.  With sophomore point guard Jayden Pierre (Elizabeth, N.J.) out due to an injury and freshman point guard Garwey Dual (Houston, Texas) out due to a suspension, Floyd earned the start at the point against the Bulldogs.  He played 34 minutes, scoring 11 points and going 4-9 from the field.

Carter Named To All-Tournament Team: Junior Devin Carter (Miami, Fla.) helped the Friars to a 1-1 mark in two games at the Baha Mar Championship in Nassau, Bahamas.  He posted his fourth career double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds versus SEC foe Georgia in a win in the consolation game on November 19. He had 17 points in an overtime loss to Big 12 opponent Kansas State on November 17.

Pierre Posts A Career High: Sophomore guard Jayden Pierre (Elizabeth, N.J.) recorded a career-high 16 points on 5-10 shooting from the field in the Friars’ 79-69 win over Milwaukee on November 11.  He was 2-5 from three and 4-4 from the free-throw line.  Pierre also added five assists.  Pierre averaged 2.5 ppg in 2022-23.

Dual Shines Vs. Milwaukee: Freshman guard Garwey Dual (Houston, Texas) scored 14 points, had four assists and made three steals in the Friars’ 79-69 win over Milwaukee on November 11.  He was 3-4 from three-point territory.  He had three points and one steal in five minutes of action in the team’s win over Columbia on November 6 before having to leave the game with an injury.

Ryan Mela Signs A NLI To Attend PC: Providence College men’s basketball Head Coach Kim English announced on Nov. 8 that student-athlete Ryan Mela of Natick, Mass., signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Providence College beginning in September of 2024. Mela, a 6-foot-6-inch, 205-pound forward attends The Newman School in Boston, Mass. In 2022-23, he averaged 19.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.3 steals for The Newman School.  He followed that up with a productive summer with the Middlesex Magic on the Under Armour Circuit.  Mela averaged 15.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals.  His 15.1 points per game were tops on his Middlesex Magic squad as he helped the team capture the UAA Circuit Championship.  Prior to transferring to The Newman School, Mela attended Natick High School.  In his final season at Natick, he averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds per game.

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Hopkins and Carter Earn Preseason All-BIG EAST Honors: It was announced on Oct. 24 that juniors Bryce Hopkins (Oak Park, Ill.) and Devin Carter (Miami, Fla.) each earned All-BIG EAST Preseason honors.  Hopkins was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team and Carter earned Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention accolades.  The two juniors helped the Friars post a 21-12 mark and advance to the NCAA Tournament in 2023.

Bryce Hopkins Earns Preseason All-America Honor:  It was announced on October 18 that junior Bryce Hopkins (Oak Park, III.) was named to the CBS Sports Preseason All-America Third Team.  It marks the second Preseason All-America honor for Hopkins as he was named Preseason Second Team All-America by College Hoops Today on October 17.

Newcomers: The Friars have seven newcomers on the team — graduate students Ticket Gaines (Buffalo, N.Y.)  and Josh Oduro (Gainesville, Va.), and sophomore Justyn Fernandez (Richmond, Va.), as well as, freshmen Garwey Dual (Houston, Texas), Rich Barron (Chicago, Ill.), Eli DeLaurier (Shipman, Va.), and Donovan Santoro (Los Angeles, Calif.).

How The Friars Got To The NCAA Tournament In 2023: The Friars made their 22nd appearance all-time in the NCAA Tournament in 2023.  The Friars earned an at-large berth. They finished with a 21-12 mark overall (13-7/tied for 4th in BIG EAST).  The team had a NET Ranking of 56 with Quad 1 wins over UConn (NET 8), Marquette (NET 12) and Creighton (NET 17).  The Friars recorded a 15-2 mark at home, a 6-6 record on the road and a 0-4 mark in neutral site games.

Friars Defeated By No. 6 Seed Kentucky In First Round Of NCAA Tournament: The No. 11-seed Providence College men’s basketball team (21-12, 13-7 BIG EAST) was defeated by the No. 6-seed Kentucky Wildcats (22-11, 12-6 SEC), 61-53, on Friday, Mar. 17 in the First Round of the 2023 NCAA Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. Ed Croswell (Philadelphia, Pa.) led the way for the Friars with 16 points and five rebounds. Devin Carter (Miami, Fla.) finished with 10 points.

Bryce Hopkins Named First Team All-BIG EAST:  It was announced on March 5 that Bryce Hopkins (Oak Park, Ill.) was named First Team All-BIG EAST.  Hopkins became the first Friar to earn All-BIG EAST First Team honors since Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil received the accolades in 2016.  Hopkins, who was named BIG EAST Player of the Week twice in 2022-23, led the Friars in scoring (15.8 ppg), rebounding (8.5) and double-doubles (10).  He was tied for sixth in scoring and he was second in rebounding amongst BIG EAST players in overall action.  Hopkins also ranked third in the league in defensive rebounds (226, 6.8 rpg) and fourth in minutes played (34.9 mpg).  In BIG EAST action, he finished third in scoring (16.7 ppg) and rebounding (8.6 rpg).  He posted a team-best 10 double-doubles, including a 29-point, 23-rebound, three-steal effort in a double-overtime win over Marquette (103-98) on December 20.  He played 47 of the 50 minutes in the game. Hopkins’ 20-20 game was the 34th in program history and the first since Jamine Peterson accomplished the feat when he posted 29 points and 20 rebounds versus Rutgers on Jan. 9, 2010. It also was the first in BIG EAST play since Angel Delgado (21 pts, 20 rbs.) of Seton Hall did it on January 22, 2017. Hopkins, who is in his first season with Friars after transferring from Kentucky last spring, was named a mid-season candidate for the Naismith Award, the Karl Malone Award and the Oscar Robertson Award.

Bryce Hopkins Earns More Honors:  It was announced on March 7 that Bryce Hopkins (Oak Park, Ill.) earned 2023 Associated Press All-BIG EAST First Team honors.  It marked his second All-BIG EAST First Team honor as Hopkins was named First Team All-BIG EAST on March 5.  On March 14, he earned USBWA District 1 Honors and NABC All-District 5 First Team accolades.

Devin Carter Named All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention: It was announced on March 5 that Devin Carter (Miami, Fla.) earned All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention accolades.  Carter, who transferred to Providence in 2022 after spending his freshman season at South Carolina, ranked third on the team in scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounding (4.9).  He also was first on the team in steals (59), second on the team in assists (81, 2.4 apg) and second on the squad in blocks (34).  Carter ranked fifth in the BIG EAST in steals (1.8 spg) and 10th in blocks (1.1 bpg).  In league play, the sophomore guard was third amongst all BIG EAST players in assist to turnover ratio (2.3).  Carter scored 20 or more points four times in 2022-23, including a career-high 25 points in a double overtime win over Creighton on February 14.

Friars All-Time Versus Top-25 Teams:  The Friars have posted a 130-279 (.318) mark all-time versus top-25 teams, including a 3-5 mark in 2022-23.

Friars In Overtime: The Friars have recorded a 0-1 record in overtime games this season.  They have recorded a 77-71 mark all-time in overtime games, including 8-2 in their last 10 games.

Friars At The Amica Mutual Pavilion: All-time, the Friars have recorded a 623-238 (.724) mark in 51 seasons of games at the Amica Mutual Pavilion.  The AMP, formerly the Providence Civic Center and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, opened on November 3, 1972. The Friars had played their home games there for 48 consecutive seasons, prior to the 2020-21 season when the team played on campus at Alumni Hall with no fans in attendance due to the pandemic.  PC posted a 15-2 mark at the AMP in 2022-23 and a 16-1 record in 2021-22 — the team’s best record at home since 1973-74.

Friars Are 91-5 In Non-Conference Home Over The Last 13 Years: The Friars have posted an 91-5 mark (.948) in their last 13 seasons in non-conference home games.  The team’s five losses over the last 13 years were to Brown (77-67) on December 8, 2014, Minnesota (86-74) on November 13, 2017, UMass (79-78) on December 7, 2018, Arkansas (84-72) on March 19, 2019 and Penn (81-75) on November 23, 2019.  The Friars are 23-0 in their last 23 non-conference home games (2023-24, 5-0; 2022-23, 7-0; 2021-22, 8-0; 202-21, 2-0; 2019-20, 2-0).

Providence College Basketball: The 2023-24 campaign marks the 97th season of basketball at Providence College. Since the program started in 1926-27, Providence has posted a 1,549-1,028 mark, good for a .600 winning percentage.  The Friars have made the NCAA Tournament 22 times and the National Invitation Tournament on 20 occasions.

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