Providence University needed more than its’ high scoring duo of Ben Bentil and Kris Dunn to scale over University of North Carolina in their National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Basketball Championship game which Providence lost 66-85.
Dunn scored a game high 29 points for the Friars with Bentil, operating as the team’s second scoring option all season, chipping in 21 points of his own with three rebounds, two steals and one assist in the game.
Both players were the only ones on the team to score in double figures. On the contrary, North Carolina had five players scoring in double figures with Forward Brice Johnson pacing the Tar Heels with 21 points.
Bentil who was the Big East Conference scoring champion in the regular season, could only do so much as he watched North Carolina dominate the glass outrebounding Providence 37-20. North Carolina march on to the next stage of the tournament –Sweet Sixteen where the team will face Kentucky University’s victors, Indiana on Saturday March 26.
Ranked in the second round of most 2016 NBA Mock Drafts- 46th according to nbadraft.net, a deeper run in the tournament would have certainly had a knock on effect on the Ghanaian Power Forward’s ranking in the Draft.
This year has been a breakout season for the 20 year old who, after averaging 6.4 points and 4.9 rebounds last season, averaged 21.1 points and 7.7 rebounds for this season.