RALEIGH, N.C. (WPRI) — The Providence College men’s basketball team has been knocked out of the NCAA Tournament.
PC, a 9-seed, took on the one-seed North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday night in their home state.
The score was close for much of the game, but North Carolina held on to the Friars to punch their ticket to the Sweet 16. The Tar Heels topped the Friars 85-66.
All week, Providence’s head coach Ed Cooley hinted that he really didn’t think his team would be this good this season – and now they’re only one win away from a Sweet 16 appearance.
“Just getting comfortable with the atmosphere, comfortable with the pressure,” Cooley said about how the team is preparing. “Our guys should be ready to play.”
While UNC had the advantage with size and length in the frontcourt, senior Kris Dunn said he didn’t believe it would be the end for the Friars.
“We are faster than them, bigger in guards,” he explained. “I think we have an advantage.”
Rodney Bullock’s game-winning layup Thursday against USC provided Providence with their first tournament win in 19 years – sending the Friars dancing into the round of 32.
Bullock told Eyewitness News’ Yianni Kourakis he had no idea he would be the one to take the final shot.
“No, I didn’t think I would hit the game-winning shot, but it’s the tournament,” he said.
North Carolina will now move on in the tournament to face Indiana next week.