LOOK: Providence coach Ed Cooley ripped his pants during the Big East championship
Villanova won the Big East title over Providence, but Cooley stole the show after his pants split
NEW YORK -- Providence coach Ed Cooley ripped his britches during the Big East Tournament championship game on Saturday night. Given the gravity of the game and the back-and-forth nature of what turned out to be an overtime thriller, Cooley decided there was no time for a quick change.
So he made do by covering up best he could with some spare Gatorade towels.
The Big East Tournament has made for so many memorable moments over the past four decades. Cooley's Gatorade towel-skirt/pants snafu is up there with one of the most unexpected.
"When I sat down I felt the great breeze in the crack," Cooley said afterward.
Cooley's a naturally animated coach, so splitting his pants seems like it was an inevitability -- especially when the stakes were as high as they were on Saturday.
Had Providence won the game, and the Big East title, it would have gone down in school and conference lore. But after an dramatic rally to get the game to overtime, Villanova pulled away 76-66 to win its third Big East Tournament title in four years. Jalen Brunson left a lasting impression on those voting for National Player of the Year: he had 31 points on 12-of-23 shooting and hit two big foul shots with 30 seconds remaining to get the game to overtime.
Mikal Bridges added 25 for Villanova. Kyron Cartwright capped off a tremendous three-game showing in Manhattan with 19 crucial points, including leading the charge to get the game to a bonus session.
Villanova's win probably solidifies its spot on the No. 1 line for the NCAA Tournament. By nature of its wins over Creighton and Xavier on Thursday and Friday, Providence is also comfortably in the field.
CBS Sports HQ Daily Newsletter
Get the best highlights and stories - yeah, just the good stuff handpicked by our team to start your day.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
Weathers is accused of stealing a wallet containing credit and debit cards at a bar in Sti...
James is the highest-rated prospect to commit to the Vols since Rick Barnes was hired in March...
Who's Next: What will happen when the Wildcats have to replace John Calipari?
Calhoun is taking over a D-III upstart in West Hartford and officially coming out of retir...
The former NBA star predicts Zion has a chance to be the best basketball player ever
The players for ACS Cuza Brailiza had surgery after a fight at a local club in Bucharest