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They lost 81-71 at Seton Hall. Then, after returning home for a 68-63 win over South Florida, the Friars dropped seven straight games. In one of those losses, 94-93 to No. 9 Notre Dame on Feb. 23, Brooks scored a Big East record 52 points at home.

They did follow that losing streak by edging Rutgers 75-74 in Providence in their regular-season finale.

But then came the conference tournament, and the Friars came out flat against Marquette. They missed their first 11 field goal attempts and fell behind 17-0 before Brooks sank a drive 5:31 into the game.

“Stunned would be a fitting word to describe the start,” Davis said after the game.

Providence has reached the NCAA tournament just twice since 1997-98, losing in the first round under Tim Welsh in 2000-01 and 2003-04.