Restocked Friars Crush Colgate

Josh Fortune

After a long exam break the Providence College Friars returned to action on Tuesday night, taking on Patriot League foe Colgate University. This game marked the debut of Friars' Kris Dunn and Sidiki Johnson. The two newcomers helped move the Friars to an 8-2 record, defeating Colgate 79-45.

Hollywood and Showtime Debut: The debut of Kris Dunn and Sidiki Johnson has been long awaited by Friar fans, especially given the injuries and ineligibilities that plagued this team. The wait is over, and both played confidently. Although neither shot the ball well (Dunn went 3-13 and Johnson only 2-6) both showed promise by integrating themselves so well into the game you'd have thought they'd have been playing all along.

Dunn Makes a Statement: In just one game Kris Dunn tied with Ricky Tucker, God Shammgod and Donnie MacGrath for most assists in a single game by a freshman. In 27 minutes Dunn logged in 13 assists, and also set the record for most assists in a freshman debut. Even more impressive than his 13 dimes was his response when asked about his performance in the post game. "For me, it was about a D," he said when asked to rate his performance, citing his scoring as a problem. "His shooting was somewhat gross," Cooley agreed, "but I liked the way he ran the team."

Flexibility: For the first time in what feels like a long time, Ed Cooley was able to look to his bench with options when things got out of hand for a player. Cooley acknowledged that now that there's depth he was going to try to keep players from playing more than 30 minutes a game, although Josh Fortune earned 37 (a team high for the game). Having a deeper bench and more limited minutes allowed higher levels of productivity (four Friars were in double figures), allowed Providence to play at a much faster pace on offense and play man to man, as well as press, on defense.

Fire and Ice: While Kris Dunn impressed with his ability to feed the ball, Bryce Cotton and Josh Fortune helped Dunn earn his place in the record books with their shooting ability. Fortune, freed up to play a style that fits his game, shot 7-10, including 3-6 from three, for 17 points. The freshman looked confident, driving to the hoop and stepping out far beyond the three point arc, demonstrating why he was considered such a high caliber shooter in high school. Bryce Cotton would once again put on a scoring clinic, shooting 5-11 from three and 7-14 from the field, good for a team-high 21 points.

Paying Tribute: In light of the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, head coach Ed Cooley got in touch with Nike to request special, green jerseys (the school color of Sandy Hook) for the Friars to wear during the game. In lieu of player names on the back, "Sandy Hook" was written on each jersey. The jerseys will be given to the families of the victims. "Looking at all the coverage that's happening down there in Connecticut… I called the Nike Company Sunday night and I wanted to do something and honor those victims. In 24 hours they turned it around… it hits home more than [people] realize," Cooley said when asked about the jerseys. "I grip my kids even harder now." In addition to jerseys, 26 seats were blocked off with roses and banners for the victims in the shooting, and there was a moment of silence observed before the game.

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