PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Dre Davis scored 17 points and Kadary Richmond added 16 points as Seton Hall defeated No. 23 Providence 61-57 on Wednesday night.

Save for a brief stretch in the second half, the Pirates (9-5, 2-1 Big East) held the lead over the final 28 minutes. Dylan Addae-Wusu finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds while Al-Amir Dawes also added 12 points.

Josh Oduro led Providence (11-3, 2-1) with a game-high 23 points while Devin Carter had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Oduro made his first six shots in the opening 12 minutes to help push Providence to a 22-14 lead. He has scored in double digits in 13 straight games, a streak that started after the season opener.

The final eight minutes of the first half belonged to the Pirates, who held the Friars to just one field goal during that span. The synergy on the defensive end translated to a 15-2 run fueled by six straight points from Davis and a 3-pointer from Addae-Wusu that gave Seton Hall a 29-24 lead at the break.

The Pirates continued to lead before two free throws from Providence’s Jayden Pierre and an alley-oop finish from teammate Corey Floyd Jr. helped the Friars go back in front 47-46 with 6:27 remaining.

Seton Hall answered, going up 55-51 after Dawes buried a 3-pointer from the wing.

Providence forward Bryce Hopkins needed to be helped off the court after going down near midcourt with 14:59 remaining. He screamed in pain and was favoring his left leg as he headed to the locker room. He did not return.

A first team All-Big East selection last season, Hopkins entered the game ranked second on the Friars in scoring (16.3 ppg) and first in rebounding (8.7 rpg).


Seton Hall: Both of the Pirates’ wins in Big East play have come against ranked teams. Seton Hall opened conference play with a 75-60 win over No. 5 UConn.

Providence: The Friars played their first game as a ranked team - they entered the poll last week after winning their first two Big East games before Christmas. PC jumped two spots in this week’s poll despite being idle. It’s the third straight season that the Friars have spent time in the Top 25.


Seton Hall: Hosts No. 7 Marquette on Saturday.

Providence: Plays its first Big East road game on Saturday at Creighton.


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