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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence coach Ed Cooley isn’t about to get caught up within the nationwide consideration his workforce is receiving.

Noah (*21*) scored 17 factors with 13 rebounds, and Nate Watson added 14 factors to hold No. 21 Providence to a 70-65 victory over short-handed, Fifteenth-ranked Seton Hall on Wednesday night time.

“I think our players are earning it. They deserve it. If you earn it, you deserve it,” Cooley mentioned. “As a coach, you’re simply wanting ahead to the subsequent recreation. It might make it easier to in some recruiting. That’s simply somebody’s opinion of what your workforce is.

“If we do what we’re supposed to do and win enough games, then they’ll be a number beside (us),” he mentioned.

Watson, a 6-foot-10 middle, grew to become the 18th participant in Providence historical past to achieve 1,500 factors.

Playing its first recreation since a victory over Rutgers on Dec. 12, Seton Hall had solely eight gamers in uniform. Five have been in COVID-19 protocols, however just one starter, 7-foot-2 middle Ike Obiagu, was out.

“It was really different,” Seton Hall’s Myles Cale mentioned of the small bench. “We were missing guys that you usually travel with and build that chemistry around. You’re just missing that feeling about the game because they definitely bring that energy. I wish they could have been there, but it’s just the times we’re living in.”

Jared Bynum additionally had 14 factors for Providence (12-1, 2-0 Big East), which is off to its finest begin since opening 2015-16 by profitable 14 of its first 15 video games.

Alexis Yetna had 13 factors and 11 rebounds for the Pirates (9-2, 0-1). Bryce Aiken scored 11 factors, and Jared Rhoden and Tray Jackson every had 10.

Providence led by 9 factors at halftime and pushed it to 40-27 on Al Durham’s steal and breakaway jam within the opening minute of the second half.

Seton Hall closed inside 57-50 with slightly below six minutes left on Yetna’s put-back earlier than Providence pushed it again to double digits.

Yetna’s layup reduce it to 66-63 with 17.3 seconds left, however Durham hit two free throws.

Seeing their first motion since beating then-No. 20 (*15*) on the street 11 days in the past, the Friars rode the recent 3-point taking pictures of (*21*) to a 36-27 halftime edge.

“The virus is spiking and changing sports every day,” Cooley mentioned. “I’m just glad we were able to play. We beat an undermanned, very talented team.”

Neither workforce held greater than a one-possession lead till (*21*) related from past the arc on three straight possessions in slightly below two minutes throughout a 15-0 spree that pushed Providence forward 34-22.

“That’s something we practice every day — step-in 3s,” Bynum mentioned.

Seton Hall: The Pirates’ season had been derailed by COVID-19 earlier than Wednesday, so it’ll be attention-grabbing to see if they will regain the shape that led to them climbing within the AP Top 25 earlier than three video games have been canceled. … The college introduced earlier than the sport that reserve guard Jahari Long had surgical procedure on his proper knee on Dec. 20 and can miss the rest of the season.

Providence: If expertise means something, the Friars may very well be in for a powerful season. They have a ton of it and a few well-balanced scoring, too. Their beginning lineup consists of 4 graduate college students and a senior. Three of the starters are averaging double figures and a fourth got here in at 9.9 factors per recreation.

“We’ve got a veteran group, you demand excellence, you hold them accountable,” Cooley mentioned. “When you’ve got an older group, you expect to win. You come into the game and give the guys a game plan, which they follow and you expect to win. You’re expecting to win when you have an older group like this.”

Despite having an especially restricted bench on Wednesday, Seton Hall will probably drop a bit in subsequent week’s ballot except the Pirates have a stable exhibiting of their convention house opener on Saturday. Providence nearly actually will climb barring a foul exhibiting over the weekend.

Seton Hall: Hosts No. 21 Villanova on New Year’s Day.

Providence: At DePaul on New Year’s Day.

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