By BRENDAN McGAIR
PROVIDENCE â€“ At one point during the second half of Tuesday night's game against Holy Cross, Providence head coach Ed Cooley turned around and urged the crowd â€“ announced at 4,596 â€“ to get behind his Friars.
After his team ran past the Crusaders in 61-42 fashion, Cooley went out of his way to make sure the Friar Faithful shows a little more enthusiasm when Mississippi State pays a visit to The Dunk on Saturday afternoon. The game will air on ESPNU.
â€śI really hope our fans appreciate the effort and energy of our players,â€ť stated Cooley. â€śWeâ€™re going to need a lot more energy on Saturday, playing against a SEC opponent. Our players deserve to play in front of a full house on national television. We need a lot of energy in the building.
â€śThe more seats you have filled â€¦ any time you play in front of a big crowd, our players really get excited,â€ť Cooley added.