Dre Davis scored a career-high 24 points as visiting Seton Hall posted an 82-58 victory over No. 20 Providence on Saturday in the final regular-season game for each team.
Davis made 9 of his 10 field goal attempts, including each of his four 3-pointers. The Pirates shot 62.5 percent from the field (30 of 48) en route to ending a three-game losing streak.
Seton Hall (17-14, 10-10 Big East) received a career-high 19 points from Femi Odukale and 15 from KC Ndefo.
The Pirates were without point guard Kadary Richmond (back) and 6-foot-10 senior forward Tray Jackson (sprained ankle).
Richmond’s back injury also prevented him from playing in Seton Hall’s previous two games, an 82-60 loss to Xavier on Feb. 24 and a 76-72 setback at Villanova on Tuesday.
Richmond ranks third on the team in scoring (10.1 ppg) and second in rebounding (5.2 rpg). He had 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists when Providence beat Seton Hall 71-67 on Dec. 17.
The Friars (21-10, 13-7) finished the regular season with back-to-back setbacks at home — their only losses in Providence this season. Bryce Hopkins, who began the day as the Friars’ leading scorer (16.5 ppg) and rebounder (8.7 rpg), was held to four points and four boards in 29 minutes.
Devin Carter (14), Ed Croswell (13) and Jared Bynum (12) were Providence’s leading scorers on Saturday.
Providence trailed by 24 after a layup by Ndefo with 16:32 to play before trimming that margin to 13 by scoring 16 of the next 21 points. It was 57-44 following a Croswell layup with 11:57 left, but the Friars never got any closer. Seton Hall led by 32 with 2:33 to play.
It was all Seton Hall in the first 20 minutes. The Pirates shot 65.4 percent from the field (17 of 26) and led 44-25 at halftime. The 19-point lead was Seton Hall’s largest lead of the first half.
–Field Level Media