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Thompson, in turn, credited Providence for changing the pace in the second half, when the Friars went on a 15-2 run.

“They just decide to make the game ugly,” Thompson said.

After opening Big East play with losses to Marquette and Pittsburgh, the Hoyas have won two straight.

Providence has lost six of seven. Cooley said video scouting gives both coaches sufficient information about their opponents, but that knowledge didn’t help Wednesday.

“What did we spend, $500,000 on an editing machine?” Cooley said. “That (stuff) ain’t getting us any wins right now.”