PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Fuquan Edwin scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Jordan Theodore made clutch shots down the stretch to lift Seton Hall past Providence 66-57 on Saturday night.
"(Edwin) had a breakout game," said Providence coach Ed Cooley. "Unfortunately, it came at our expense."
Theodore had been quiet all game, but he came up big when the Pirates (14-2, 3-1 Big East) needed him most. With Providence on a 10-1 run and trailing by just one with 3:23 remaining, Theodore hit a pull-up jumper and sealed the win with five free throws in the last 2:03. He finished with14 points and nine assists.
Vincent Council had 23 points and nine assists for the Friars (11-6, 0-4). Gerard Coleman added 10 points.
Bryce Cotton, who was shooting 43.6 percent this season, shot just 1 of 9 from the field, including 1 of 7 from 3-point range.
"You're not going to win many games with your key shooter going 1 for 7," Cooley said.
The win may help Seton Hall break into the top 25 rankings for the first time since 2001. The Pirates were receiving votes last week and have defeated Providence and No. 8 Connecticut since then.
"For the fan base, for recruiting, I think (being ranked) would be great," said Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard.
Cooley said his team played tired. "Our lack of depth really showed today," Cooley said. "I'm looking in their eyes, and they do look a little tired."
Only six Friars played in Providence's 87-73 loss against Syracuse on Wednesday, and just five played more than 10 minutes against Seton Hall.
Providence held Seton Hall to just 34.3 percent shooting (23 of 67) and had a school record 17 blocks, but the Pirates outrebounded Providence 47-33.
"You've got to be tough in this league," Cooley said. "We've got puppies, and we're playing against dogs."
Providence got out to a quick 9-3 lead, but Seton Hall responded with a 9-2 run to go ahead 17-13. Both teams traded punches the rest of the half, and the Pirates went into halftime with a 32-29 lead.
Edwin had half of his team's points at the break. He shot 5 of 8 from 3, and also finished with five steals, lifting his per game average to 3.2., tops in the nation.
"Fuquan, he just has a knack for getting the basketball," Willard said.
Seton Hall pulled ahead by 11 points just five minutes into the second half. But Providence did not go away easily and made it a one-point game with 3:40 remaining before Theodore's jumper sparked a 12-4 Seton Hall run to close the game.