Game Recap: Friars Finally Get a Big Road Victory, 68-66 Over #23 Creighton

Providence Friars (17-11) 68

#23 Creighton Bluejays (22-6) 66

The Providence Friars followed up a pair of big home wins against Butler and Xavier with their biggest road win of the year of #23 Creighton at the Bluejays home in Omaha.  After trailing by as much as 13, Providence battled back and eventually took the lead down the stretch to give PC a much needed road win over a high quality team.

Providence has been able to mostly take care of business at home but their NCAA resume really needed a signature win over a really good team on the road.  Not only did PC beat a very good team in Creighton, but they came out on top in a road game in a really tough atmosphere.

Providence seems to be gelling as a team and peaking at the right time…perhaps the whispers of a possible NCAA tournament trip can get a little louder if the Friars keep this up.

Quick Hits:

  • This was the first win for Providence over a ranked opponent on the road since last year’s January 24th, 2016 win over Villanova
  • PC had 19 assists on 21 field goals…that’s what I’m fucking talking about.  That’s incredible.
  • The 13-point deficit that Providence overcame is the largest ever by a Creighton opponent at CenturyLink Center Omaha.
  • This was awesomeness personified.  I woke up everyone within a 5 block radius in all directions…Onions indeed.
  • Cartwright hit that game-winning 3 with 2.2 seconds left.
  • Kyron Cartwright’s Veins: 5% Blood, 95% Ice…
  • If you didn’t know…don’t worry, Kyron will let you know.
  • Cartwright recorded a double-double with 13 points (on just 7 shots) and 10 assists.  He also grabbed 5 boards, ’cause he’s good like that.
  • Emmitt Holt came up HUGE in this game.  Holt finished with a game-high 18 points on 6-13 shooting including 3-6 from three.  When Holt steps directly into his three point shot, that’s when he’s at his best.  He got a little trigger happy from three after hitting back-to-back threes, but I’ll allow it when he’s feeling it.  I do prefer his flow of the offense step-in threes.
  • Rodney Bullock was hampered by foul trouble for the majority of the game but still managed to tie his season high with 12 rebounds.  Besides some turnovers (4) that seem to be popping up on the regular for Rodney, he was pretty good on offense, going 4-9 from the floor for 10 points.
  • Per usual, Jalen Lindsey was fire from three point land, going 3-5 from distance for all of his 9 points.
  • Jalen has now had at least 3 made three-pointers in 6 of the last 9 games.
  • Isaiah Jackson is turning himself into a legit playmaker off the bench.  Jackson has all but taken all of Fazekas’ minutes now and is excelling with the expanded role of the pine.  
  • Isaiah had 11 points, shooting 3-5 from the floor and 4-6 from the line in just 22 minutes.  
  • Alpha Diallo was solid once again as well and used his long frame to grab a new career-high 9 rebounds.  Diallo had 4 points, 3 assists, and 2 steals as well, to round out a nice stat line for the night (we’ll just ignore the 4 turnovers).
  • I think Justin Patton has the highest ceiling for an NBA career of anyone in the Big East conference.  He’s not quite there yet, but his size, athleticism, and ability to shoot the ball for a Center is clearly evident and will only get better as he develops.
  • Marcus Foster is hella good.
  • If this team still had Mo Watson, they would be a legit final four contender.  Now that he’s out with an ACL, I’m not sure how deep their run can go in the tournament.
  • Khyri Thomas has my vote for Defensive Player of the Year.  He is a freaking menace. 
  • Post-game winners photo…favorite is Drew Edwards in the back row.

  • Some more photos from the game for your browsing…

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