Game Recap: Friars Get First Marquee Win of the Season Over #5 Xavier

Providence Friars 81 (11-6)

#5 Xavier Musketeers 72 (15-2)

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Now that’s what I’m fucking talking about.  With both Alpha Diallo and Kyron Cartwright back on the court, 100% healthy, this is what the Friars are supposed to look like.  The Friars were able to secure their first marquee win of the season after failing to win any of their opportunities in the out of conference schedule against Minnesota (not so great now), URI, or Houston.  The great thing about the Big East is the number of opportunities you have to win games against resume building teams like Xavier, Nova, Creighton, and Seton Hall.

The Friars snapped Xavier’s 10-game win streak to win their first game against a top-5 team since they beat #1 Pittsburgh in 2009 on their Senior Night at The Dunk.

The Friars had five players score in double figures to help overwhelm the very well-balanced visiting Musketeers.

Game Notes:

  • Let’s start with Kyron Cartwright, the Train Conductor.
  • Cartwright scored a team-high 19 points after recording a career-high in points the game before against Marquette.  This time however, he was able to dish the ball at a high rate as well, finishing with 9 assists to just 2 turnovers.  The 9 assists moved Cartwright into 4th place on the All-Time Providence Assist Leaderboard.  Next up is none other than Kyron’s former teammate and current Chicago Bulls point guard Kris Dunn.

    1. Vincent Council – 725

    2. Ernie DiGregorio – 662

    3. Kris Dunn – 552

    4. Kyron Cartwright  – 550

    5. Billy Donovan – 546

    6. Carlton Screen – 532

    7. Ricky Tucker – 520

    8. Bob Misevicius – 490

    T-9. Erik Murdock – 487

    T-9. Vin Ernst – 487

  • Here’s my favorite bucket from Kryon on the night, a strong finish for with the harm.
  • Cartwright also had 4 steals on the night.
  • Kyron’s not only a distributer…
  • Rodney Bullock continued to be an offensive threat in every respect, finishing with 17 points on shooting splits of 50/50/100.  He also got to put the final dagger in Xavier with a play that showed off his D and O at the same time.
  • Isaiah Jackson continued to play fantastic basketball, scoring 18 points on 4-6 shooting from the floor and a perfect 2-2 from three and 8-8 from the line.  Jackson just might be becoming my most trustworthy free throw shooter for the Friars.
  • His aggressiveness has been paying off dividends and if he continues to make his layups, he’ll continue to rack up the points.
  • Jackson also grabbed 6 rebounds and handed out 3 assists.  But let’s get back to the buckets shall we.  This fastbreak is what you would show to kids you were teaching how to play basketball.  Fundamentals out the ass.
  • Nate Watson was limited to 7 minutes with foul trouble, most of which were bullshit, but he did manage to stack up 4 blocks in those 7 minutes.
  • Jalen Lindsey hit some threes, like he usually does, and finished with 12 points on the day.
  • Lindsey has now made a 3-point basket in 43 straight games, 34 of those with multiple made threes.  Here’s a breakdown of made threes over the streak from Jalen.
    • 1 made three – 10 games
    • 2 made threes – 13 games
    • 3 made threes – 10 games
    • 4 made threes – 9 games
    • 6 made threes – 1 game
  • Hey look!  Lindsey scored a bucket in the game that wasn’t a three-pointer!
  • Alpha Diallo played a pretty good game, although he went 0-4 from three.  He scored 11 points and swiped 4 steals in the game.
  • I still can’t stand JP Macura.
  • Makai Ashton-Langford scored 2 points in the game but boy, oh boy, were those two points during a pretty play.
  • JP Macura and Tevon Blueitt were a combined 8-24 from the floor.  That’s a recipe to get beat against Providence.

Next Up, the Friars travel to Chicago to play DePaul on Saturday at 8:30 PM on FS1.  Both coaches will be mic’d up for the entire game, so it should be a fun one. 

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