Game Recap: PC Friars Win 2K Classic by Smashing St. Louis 90-63

Providence Friars 90 (3-1)

St. Louis Billikens 63 (3-1)

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The Providence Friars put together their most complete effort in game this year, blowing out the St. Louis Billikens 90-63 at Madison Square Garden to win the 2017 2K Classic.  The outcome of the game was never in question with the Friars leading by as much as 31.   Providence received contributions from every single player on the team with all 13 players who saw action scoring during the game.

Four players for the Friars finished in double-figures with Rodney Bullock leading the way with 15 points.  Bullock was named to the All-Tournament Team, as was Kyron Cartwright who also earned Tournament MVP honors.

Game Notes:

  • All 13 players on the Friars showed up in the scoring column.  The only players to not make a field goal were Drew Edwards and Isaiah Jackson, who hit some free throws to account for their scoring.
  • Check out this shooting line as a team for the Friars
    • 62.0% Field Goal Percentage
    • 90.0% 3-Point Field Goal Percentage (Fucking 90 Percent!)
    • 79.2% Free Throw Percentage
  • Now that is efficient if I do say so myself.
  • Let’s start off with the MVP of the 2K Classic, Kyron Cartwright.

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  • In the two tournament games, Cartwright averaged 9.5 pts, 6.5 asts, and 3 rebs.
  • Kyron is now averaging 8 assists per game through 4 games this year.
  • Cartwright is the train conductor for the team and passed Geoff McDermott to move into sole possession of 10th place on the Friars all-time assist list.
  • Here’s the feed that put him into the Top Ten.
  • Why don’t we check out the rest of the top ten to see who will be next on Kyron’s hit list for the season.

1. Vincent Council – 725

2. Ernie DiGregorio – 662

3. Kris Dunn – 552

4. Billy Donovan – 546

5. Carlton Screen – 532

6. Ricky Tucker – 520

7. Bob Misevicius – 490

T-8. Erik Murdock – 487

T-8. Vin Ernst – 487

10. Kyron Cartwright – 482

  • If Kyron keeps pace with averaging 8 assists per game, he’ll move past Ernst, Murdock, and Misvicius in the next game, moving into 7th place on the all-time list.
  • In case you didn’t know (and by now you should), Carwright can score as too.
  • Rodney Bullock was the other member of the Friars to make the 2K Classic All-Tournament Team.  Bullock and Cartwright were joined by Javon Bess of St. Louis, Ahmed Hill of Virginia Tech, and Jaylen Nowell of Washington on the All-Tourney Team.
  • Bullock definitely had a case to at least by Co-MVPs with Cartwright after averaging 16 points, 6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1 steal per game in the two game tournament.
  • Bullock looks to have found his groove after starting slow in the first two games of the season.  If the Friars are going to be legit this year, Bullock needs to average about 15 ppg for the team.
  • Makai Ashton-Langford sure didn’t look like a Freshman on the big stage.  MAL was a one-man scoring machine at the end of the first half, finishing off with this impressive take for an And-1.
  • There were definitely a few shaky moments while handling the ball (4 TOs) and some hesitation on pulling the trigger on some open jumpers, but overall, I was really impressed by MAL’s ability to finish in the game.  He was the second player to finish in double-digits for the Friars with 11.
  • The third guy to finish in double-digits, my man Maliek White.  I told y’all at the beginning of the season that he was getting slept on and had the ability to make a Sophomore leap, similar to Alpha Diallo’s.  I’m looking more right with each game.  White looks completely confident on the offense end and much more comfortable in his role playing off the ball this year.
  • Also, his range stretches pretty far…don’t ya think?
  • The fourth player in double-figures was Alpha Diallo, who also finished with 11 points on 5-8 shooting.  That’s a nice homecoming for the NYC kid.
  • Isaiah Jackson still looked a little off on the night which makes that back-to-back games where he played a little sloppy, but it didn’t matter whatsoever.  I have full confidence in his ability to show up in the next game.
  • Kalif Young once again tore up and down the court, finishing with 7 points and 2 blocks.
  • Speaking of blocks, my man Nate Watson had a smothering block on a guy named French for St. Louis.  If you thought that the French were going to win a battle in the trenches, you don’t know your history very well.
  • I absolutely love everything I’ve seen out of Nate’s game so far.  He even went perfect from the line (3-3) on the night.
  • Watson ended the night with 7 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
  • The Friars won the rebounding battle 34-30 over the Billikens.
  • Jalen Lindsey was 2-2 from the floor, both being 3-pointers, and stretched his three-point streak to 30 games in a row.  I don’t see this coming to an end anytime soon either.
  • The shooting prowess for Jalen didn’t translate to the free throw line where he went just 1-4.  Lindsey was about a 73%-74% free throw shooter over the last two season, so I think this should self-correct, but I’ll just keep my eyes on it for now.
  • Drew Edwards was still making the right moves against the zone but there just seemed to be a lid on the hoop for him.
  • Dajour Dickens came into the game and immediately showed off his athleticism on two alley-oops.  Once he fills out a little more, he is going to be tough to handle for defenses.
  •  Thank you sir may I have another!?!
  • We got to see the death lineup of Tommy Planek and Andrew Fonts and boy, did they not disappoint.  Both of the bench mob members scored on layups and both of them were off of some legitimate moves.
  • Post Game Celebration Photo…my favorite is Makai, for being the only guy not looking at the camera.

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  • “So proud of these guys. They all pull for each other. 2017 2K Classic Champs.” – Ed Cooley
  • Just looking at these picture, you can tell that his statement rings true.

Next Up, the Friars return to Providence and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center to take on Belmont in the satellite portion of the 2K Classic games.  They tip at 7 PM and the game will be televised on FS1. 

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