BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) As the clock ticked down on Providence's best performance of the season, Friars fans behind the bench were chanting coach Ed Cooley's name.
The hometown hero who grew up dreaming of an opportunity to be part of Providence basketball is taking the Friars to their first Sweet 16 in 25 years.
"I just can't tell you how grateful I feel for our players, our college, our city," Cooley said. "It's hard to get to this point. We're just a little school that everybody says, oh, it's Providence. Well, Providence is in the damn building."