By BRENDAN McGAIR
PROVIDENCE – The Friars hit just one three-pointer during the first half of Monday’s second-round NIT contest against Robert Morris, but make no mistake, it was a big one.
Showing off his range, Bryce Cotton created just enough space at the top of the key to unleash a deep trey that nestled through the net as time expired. The junior’s make knotted the score at 34-all at the half.
PC missed its first seven attempts from downtown before Cotton connected. For most part, Robert Morris played the first 20 minutes on its terms. The visitors from the Northeast Conference converted 6-of-10 shots from downtown. Despite shooting 33.3 percent, the Friars got to the free-throw line 14 times, making 13, and own a sizeable 22-9 advantage in the rebounding department.
All eight Friar players at Ed Cooley’s disposal have seen action. Kris Dunn has been slowed at what’s being called a stomach ailment. He ceded his spot in the starting lineup to fellow freshman Josh Fortune and ended up playing just five minutes.