The magical run through the 2014 postseason for the Providence Friars reached a milestone on Saturday night as they were able to capture the 2014 Big East Tournament championship with a 65-58 win over the Doug McDermott and the Creighton Bluejays.
Bryce Cotton once again put the team on his back and led the way through this one with 23 points and five rebounds on the way to one of the biggest upsets of the conference tournaments.
It helped that the Friars got off to a fast start, taking a 26-17 lead into the half and never really looking back from there. Creighton did cut the lead down to three within the final minutes behind the sharpshooting of McDermott, but Providence dominated on the boards to stave off the comeback.
With this tremendous win, the Friars are now guaranteed to get into the NCAA Tournament. As late as Saturday, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi had them as one of the first four in, but that’s never a guarantee.
With taking out Creighton, though, that berth is now indeed a reality.