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Friars Lose Heartbreaker in Omaha

Providence kicked off its toughest stretch of the season with a most painful loss to Creighton on Saturday afternoon. Winners of five of their last six games, PC had a golden opportunity to start the Big East campaign 5-1 when they led by five points with a minute and a half to play.

The Friars got there on the back of sophomore David Duke, who was simply spectacular. Duke scored a career high 36 points, with 24 of those coming in a seesaw second half.

Creighton led by eight early in the second, but Duke seemingly wouldn’t be denied.