Game Recap: PC Friars Win 1st Ever Game at Marquette 79-78

Providence Friars (14-9) 79

Marquette Golden Eagles (14-7) 78

The Providence College Friars traveled on the road to Milwaukee to face off against Big East conference foe Marquette and came away with their first ever win at Marquette in the school’s history.  Going into the game, the Friars were 3-14 all-time against the Golden Eagles but were able to overcome history and take a big game from Marquette who was coming off back-to-back wins against top 10 teams in #7 Creighton and #1 Villanova.  

Perhaps the Friars caught the Golden Eagles feeling themselves a little too much in this one and were finally able to pull one off down the stretch after narrowly losing both games against Marquette last year in the final minutes.

The Friars did everything they possibly could to let Marquette steal a win late with missed free throws, crazy 4-point plays, and everything else, but despite that PC won just its 2nd true road game of the season, a win that they desperately needed after handing away a potential victory in their last game against St. John’s. 

Game Notes: 

  • Let’s work a little backwards on this one as the bench showed up for the first time in a long while.  After the bench players contributing 10 points against Georgetown, 12 points against Nova (all from Jackson), and 11 points against St. John’s, they were able to provide 24 points of the bench in this game, accounting for 30% of the team’s scoring.
  • Let’s start with Maliek White who was showing a more aggressive offensive game with some nice attacks to the rim, including this one where he basically hung in the air forever…
  • White played just 10 minutes with most of his damage was done in the first half.
  • Maliek showed off a little glimpse of what he can do in a 1-on-1 capacity at the end of the first half, draining the clock and taking his defender on a clinic of getting a good shot with time running out.  That’s definitely a preview of the type of shot creating that he may be able to offer the team in the future.
  • Ryan Fazekas the shooter popped his head out and looked as confident as I’ve seen him all year.  His shots were in rhythm and he was looking at the basket with the intent to score every time he touched the ball.  
  • Fazekas led all bench scorers with 11 points on 4-6 shooting from the field including 3-4 from deep.
  • Isaiah Jackson has looked consistently good coming off the bench in spurts lately.  Jackson chipped in 7 points in 10 minutes of action but he always seems to have a positive impact on the game when he checks in.
  • Kalif Young didn’t get a ton of time off the pine as he didn’t record any points in 13 minutes. This had more to do with the fact that Coach Cooley wanted to ride his big guys starters more than anything else.  With Fischer blocking a couple of inside shots early, Emmitt Holt’s ability to take him away from the hoop with his jump shooting was a key to the Friars getting buckets in the game.  Kalif just doesn’t have that same shooting ability in his game yet.
  • Kyron Cartwright took over the 2nd half for the Friars and was just amazing.  Cartwright ended the game with a team-high 18 points on 7-12 shooting, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists.  When he’s playing at that level, you just hope that his teammates are ready to knock down shots that he creates for them.
  • Whether he’s breaking suckers down by stopping on a dime…
  • Or he’s finishing over some giants for an And-1…
  • Or straight up drilling clutch shots down the stretch of a game…
  • When Kryon Cartwright takes a game over, just get the fuck out of his way.
  • Jalen Lindsey probably was the second best starter on the day for the Friars.  Lindsey was 4-5 from three point land and ended with 14 points and 5 rebounds.
  • Although Emmitt Holt’s shooting numbers don’t look great at the end of the game, going just 4-12 from the floor, his ability to knock down midrange jumpers really opened up room for Kyron Cartwright to operate in the 2nd half.
  • Holt finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds.  He was also able to get to the foul line 7 times, knocking down 4-7.
  •  You truly never know which Rodney Bullock you’re going to get from one game to the next.  Unfortunately, the very good Rodney Bullock wasn’t available for this game.
  • Bullock finished with just 8 points on 2-7 shooting, also missing true almost deadly free throws at the end of the game.  
  • You can always count on Bullock to rebound even when his shot isn’t working.  Rodney finished with a team-high 7 boards.
  • Alpha Diallo wasn’t much a factor in the game.  Diallo finished with 2 points (0 FGs), 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 turnovers in 25 minutes.  I have confidence he’ll bounce back from this game.
  • The Friars couldn’t stop jumping for shot fakes in this game.  There was 4 different pump fakes to draw fouls by Marquette.  Andrew Rowsey was taking full advantage of PC’s lack of defensive discipline all game long, especially on this absolutely RIDICULOUS 4-point play when Marquette was down 6 points near the end of the game.  I’d also like to point out that Rowsey is not a lefty…
  • Rowsey finished with a game-high 23 points on just 8 shots off the bench.  With his ability to draw fouls, Rowsey got the free throw line 10 times and made all 10 attempts.  That will happen when you a 93.4% free throw shooter.  God Damn.
  • That’s why I was a little confused by Marquette’s end of the game plays.  Down 1 point, they ran two plays at a last shot to take the lead.  Both attempts were 1-on-1 takes by Katin Reinhardt.  They ran the first play for him and then ran the same exact play for him with 6 seconds left that was partially blocked and rimmed out.  I don’t get how you’re not at least running one of those plays for Rowsey who had not only been your best player in the game but had been able to draw fouls all game long…and would definitely knock down foul shots if he was fouled.  Let’s take a look at the last shot.
  • I still can’t believe Markus Howard is 17 years old.  Like, what the hell.

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