Providence beats Robert Morris 77-68 in NIT

Updated: March 25, 2013, 10:17 PM ET
Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence coach Ed Cooley was wide awake in the middle of the night thinking about what he'd say to the fans after his team's final home game of the season.

The words certainly flowed out more freely after the Friars pulled out a 77-68 victory over pesky Robert Morris in the second round of the NIT on Wednesday night.

"We want to see this place full next season as we begin our quest for a national championship," Cooley told the raucous crowd.

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