Riding what Cooley termed “the most complete game defensively of the season,” Providence held Connecticut to 40% shooting from the field and 20% from beyond the 3-point arc en route to a 70-59 victory.
The loss snapped a three game losing streak for the Friars, with the latest coming in somewhat embarrassing fashion as St. John’s hung 92 points on PC at Alumni Hall. Providence seemed content to play at St. John’s pace early in that game, but on Wednesday night against UConn the tempo was far more methodical. That’s right up Cooley’s alley.
There was plenty for Cooley to like, from holding Connecticut to ten offensive rebounds (they average over 13 a game) to limiting the Huskies to 0-10 shooting from beyond the arc in the second half (UConn went just 4-20 for the game).