Villanova beat Providence in overtime in tonight’s Big East Tournament title game. The game got so intense, that Friars head coach Ed Cooley’s pants ripped.
The Wildcats lead by four at the half, and extended their lead to 12 early in the second frame. Providence battled back in the middle of the half to make it an incredibly exciting finish to regulation.
The Friars actually took the lead with under a minute left. It looked like they might pull off a second win against a potential NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed in as many days.
Around that time is when Cooley had his…interesting issue. All of a sudden, the Friars coach had a towel tucked into the back of his pants for reasons that were not immediately apparent.
As it turned out, Ed Cooley ripped his pants.
When you get so into the game you rip your pants… pic.twitter.com/oLKHmptNQ8
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 11, 2018
Providence Coach Ed Cooley is so into the Big East title game that he ripped his pants. pic.twitter.com/EX0oKmWhYL
— Tom Jolly (@TomJolly) March 11, 2018
We must say, that isn’t a terrible way to handle it, all things considered. And it’s the Big East Tournament, so you can say it was a John Thompson II-inspired towel-based remedy.
Jalen Brunson wound up hitting a pair of free throws with a few seconds left in the game to tie things at 60. Providence could not win the game in regulation.
In overtime, Brunson and fellow Villanova superstar Mikal Bridges took over. That Wildcats combo totaled 52 points for the Wildcats.
Villanova laid it on down the stretch, and won the game 76-66. After the game, Cooley was asked about the pants situation, and was pretty funny about the ordeal.
From the BIG EAST Tournament transcript…
Q. At the risk of being personal, the towel you were fashioning, I assume there was a sartorial mishap?
COACH COOLEY: When I sat down I felt the great breeze in the crack. (Laughter) My pants ripped.
— Rob Anderson (@_robanderson) March 11, 2018
Obviously Cooley and his Friars wanted to pick up a conference title. However, even with the loss, Providence helped itself a ton at Madison Square Garden.
The Friars entered the post-season at 19-12 with a 10-8 Big East record. They were in decent shape for the NCAA Tournament already, but with wins over Creighton and potential top seed Xavier, and a tough loss vs. Nova, Providence’s stock is up heading into Selection Sunday.