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VIDEO: Kris Dunn rattles home game-winner to beat Creighton

Zach Hanson, Kris Dunn, Isaiah Jackson

Providence’s Kris Dunn (3) goes to the basket between Creighton’s Isaiah Zierden (21) and Zach Hanson (40) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)


There was no more fitting way to finish what was a beautiful disaster of a basketball game than a step-back jumper from Kris Dunn that hit the rim a good four times before falling through.

Providence won 50-48.

Dunn finished with 20 points, solidifying his National Player of the Year résumé with this shot:

What made that shot so perfect was that this was as horribly-played as any basketball game that you’ll see this season. Providence shot 29.6 percent from the floor and 4-for-24 from three, which actually bested Creighton’s 25.8 percent shooting night, although the Bluejays did hit 5-for-23 from beyond the arc. They’re used to those CenturyLink Center rims.

What made it all-the-more fitting was that not 20 seconds prior to his game-winner, Dunn committed a typical, careless turnover that led to Creighton’s Maurice Watson finishing off a drive to the rim that tied the game at 48. Dunn’s heroics* were needed because Kris Dunn made a typical Kris Dunn play.

*(incredibly lucky bounce)

On the night, Dunn had eight boards, three assists and five turnovers to go along with his 20 points, shooting 6-for-17 from the floor and 1-for-5 from three. Ben Bentil also had an off night, finishing with 13 points and eight boards on 4-for-12 shooting. The rest of the Friars combined for 17 points, with Rodney Bullock, the team’s leading scorer, notching a goose egg on 0-for-2 shooting with one board, two turnovers and three fouls in 22 minutes.

But hey, Providence will leave Omaha with a win, which is not something that has been easy to do in the Big East this season. Creighton was 3-1 in the league entering Tuesday night, having rolled over Georgetown and Seton Hall in their last two games. With the Friars coming off of a loss to Marquette last Tuesday, I’m pretty sure that head coach Ed Cooley will get on that charter back to Rhode Island with a smile on his face tonight, regardless of what that win looked like.

The Friars can work on fixing things in practice tomorrow.

They can’t change an L into a W.