It was clear from the opening tap that Tuesday night’s game on the road at Creighton was not the Friars’ night. The way PC came out with missed shots and turnovers gave the game a feel that there was no possible way the Friars could emerge victorious.
Except they did, thanks to Kris Dunn.
Dunn hit a buzzer-beating jumper and scored sixteen points in the second half to deliver a huge road win. Providence shot only 29% for the game and had only scored 25 points at the under-12 timeout of the second half. Dunn struggled for most of the game but finished with 20 points and finally got going late in the second half to help PC steal a road win. He also harassed Big East Player of the Week Maurice Watson, Jr. into 3-16 shooting.
Both teams struggled mightily on offense throughout the game as a combination of tough defense and horrendous outside shooting. The teams finished a combined 9-47 from three-point range and missed countless open shots from the perimeter.
The Friars trailed by 7 with 7:55 remaining in the game before Dunn took over. He scored 12 points in the last 8 minutes and got help from Ben Bentil and Drew Edwards. Bentil hit a three to tie the game with 4 minutes remaining and Edwards had two three-point plays down the stretch to aid the Friar offense.
Providence led by two and had the ball with 30 seconds left, but Dunn turned the ball over and Watson scored to tie the game with 11 seconds to play. Dunn then slowly took the ball up the court, drove to the middle and turned to fade away. He released the ball with over two seconds left and the shot hit the back of the rim and the backboard almost simultaneously before rolling into the hoop with no time remaining. The Friar bench swarmed Dunn and the CenturyLink Center went quiet. The Friars moved to 15-2 overall and 3-1 in the Big East with an undefeated road record.