PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Providence coach Ed Cooley's players listened to a simple message and responded with an easy win.
Kadeem Batts scored 20 points and Vincent Council had 11 assists to become Providence's career leader, carrying the resurgent Friars over No. 21 Notre Dame 71-54 Saturday.
"I just told our guys, `Go out, play harder and have fun,'" Cooley said after the Friars dominated the Fighting Irish and coasted to their fourth straight win.
Providence looked ready from the start, dumping the ball inside Notre Dame's zone defense and pounding the offensive glass.
"I just thought we played at such a high level," Cooley said. "I just thought we played with such great confidence, and it's because of what we did defensively."
Bryce Cotton, the Big East scoring leader, had 19 points and LaDontae Henton 13 for the Friars (14-11, 6-7).
It was Providence's second win over a ranked team in 10 days following a 54-50 victory over then-No. 17 Cincinnati on Feb. 6.
DePaul breaks five-week winless drought
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Worrel Clahar scored 19 points to lead DePaul to a 75-69 victory over Rutgers on Saturday, snapping the Blue Demons' nine-game losing streak.
Brandon Young added 16 points and Cleveland Melvin had 15 for the Blue Demons (11-14, 2-10 Big East).
The Blue Demons' last win was at Providence on Jan. 5. They're 1-5 at home in the Big East.
Myles Mack led the Scarlet Knights (13-11, 4-9) with 28 points.
Loyola of Chicago ends four-game losing streak
CHICAGO (AP) Christian Thomas had 23 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday and Loyola of Chicago ended a four-game losing streak by beating Illinois-Chicago 69-60.
Jordan Hicks added 18 points and Devon Turk scored 10 for the Ramblers (14-12, 4-9 Horizon), who never trailed in the contest.
Marc Brown scored 13 points to lead the Flames (15-11, 6-7). Gary Talton and Hayden Humes had 10 points apiece for Illinois-Chicago. UIC won the previous meeting, 61-59 at home on Jan. 16.
Pickett, Lemon lead Bradley over Indiana State
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) Tyshon Pickett and Walt Lemon Jr. scored 17 points apiece and Bradley dominated the second half in a 45-30 victory over Indiana State on Saturday afternoon.
Dyricus Simms-Edwards added 13 points off the bench, and Will Egolf had 12, for the Braves (15-12, 7-8 Missouri Valley), who outscored Indiana State 45-30 and shot 60 percent from the floor after halftime.
Dawon Cummings scored 19 off the bench for the Sycamores (16-10, 9-6). R.J. Mahurin and Jake Odum chipped in 14 points each.