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By BRENDAN McGAIR
PROVIDENCE â€“ Itâ€™s halftime at the Dunkinâ€™ Donuts Center where Providence leads Seton Hall, 43-36. The Pirates and their 3-13 Big East record are hanging around thanks to carving up the Friars to the tune of 55.6-percent shooting from the floor.
The Hallâ€™s scoring output has prevented Providence from seizing control on several occasions. PCâ€™s biggest lead was 10 points (27-17) with 8:41 remaining left in the opening half. The Pirates closed to within 32-31 after back-to-back baskets by Brian Oliver before the Friars responded with an 11-5 to close out the half.
PCâ€™s Kadeem Batts leads all scorers with 14 points, though defensively heâ€™s been burned down low by Seton Hallâ€™s Brian Oliver several times. A Providence win would push Ed Cooleyâ€™s club into a tie for seventh place in the Big East standings. At 9-8 the Friars would sport the same record as Villanova, a team PC took two games from this season.