Ben Bentil pumped in a 42 point, 16 rebounds double-double in Providence University’s double overtime 91-96 losing effort to Marquette University earlier today at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
The Friars latest loss puts them at six in the Big East Conference standings whereas Marquette Golden Eagles close in on Providence’s 18 win 7 loss record with 16 wins and nine losses of their own in eight place.
On the night, Bentil got off to a great start by scoring 18 points in the first half, capitalizing on Marquette Center Luke Fischer’s early foul trouble to dominate inside in the paint and give Providence a 36-31 half time lead.
The Ghanaian Forward who went into the game averaging a Conference best 19.7 points, continued to pile on the points as they game slipped into overtime twice. Bentil, played the most minutes (48) as he padded the statistics sheet with two assists, one steal and a block.
Together with senior year Guard Kris Dunn and Forward Henry Ellenson, the trio scored 85 total points to headline a game which attracted 26 NBA scouts.
“I feel like I played in it. That’s one of those games where you get in the ice bath, get an IV…what an amazing college basketball game, from both teams.” Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski said after the game.
Providence will play Georgetown University on Saturday February 13 and Marquette takes on Creighton on Valentine’s Day.