Game Recap: Friars Keep Things Rolling, Beating Butler 70-60 to Make it Three In a Row

Providence Friars 70 (13-6)

Butler Bulldogs 60 (13-7)

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After trailing by 4 points going into the half, the Providence College Friars turned up the intensity in the second frame to put away the Butler Bulldogs in a hard-fought game at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

The Friars received balanced contributions from all of their starters with 4 players scoring in double-digits (Young scored 8) and 4 players grabbing 5 or more rebounds (Cartwright had 2).

Butler was led by guard Kamar Baldwin who scored 25 points but needed 22 shots to get there.  This was a nice win for the Friars as they try to separate themselves from the middle of the pack in the Big East.

Game Notes:

  • I said this before the game, but the Friars seem to always lock up Kelan Martin when the teams face each other.  I’m always surprised when I see Martin’s numbers at the end of the season since most of the time I see him getting swallowed up by Friars defenders.  Let’s take a look at the games against the Friars just to see if I’m right or wrong…also, if I’m wrong, we can all just forget I mentioned this.
    • 2018 (@PC): 3-14 FG, 0-5 3-pt FG, 0-2 FT, 6 pts, 4 rebs, 0 assts, 1 stl, 0 blk, 3 TOs
    • 2017 (@PC): 3-11 FG, 0-4 3-pt FG, 2-2 FT, 8 pts, 5 rebs, 0 assts, 1 stl, 0 blk, 3 TOs
    • 2017 (@BU): 4-13 FG, 2-4 3-pt FG, 5-6 FT, 15 pts, 8 rebs, 3 assts, 1 stl, 0 blk, 2 TOs
    • 2016 (@MSG): 4-15 FG, 2-7 3-pt FG, 3-3 FT, 13 pts, 10 rebs, 4 assts, 0 stl, 0 blk, 4 TOs
    • 2016 (@PC): 7-14 FG, 1-3 3-pt FG, 0-0 FT, 15 pts, 11 rebs, 2 assts, 0 stl, 0 blk, 2 TOs
    • 2016 (@BU): 8-17 FG, 0-4 3-pt FG, 4-4 FT, 20 pts, 9 rebs, 2 assts, 1 stl, 0 blk, 1 TO
    • 2015 (@BU): 1-3 FG, 0-2 3-pt FG, 0-0 FT, 2 pts, 0 rebs, 0 assts, 0 stl, 0 blk, 1 TO
    • 2015 (@PC): 5-9 FG, 2-4 3-pt FG, 2-2 FT, 14 pts, 5 rebs, 0 assts, 1 stl, 1 blk, 0 TO
  • I’m not really sure if I want to count the 2015 stats as he played on 11 minutes in the game at Butler that year and less than 20 in the game at Providence.  I’ll count them since he played well in one and not that great in the other.
  • If you count everything, here are his averages over the 4 years against the Friars:
    • 35-96 Field Goals (36.5%)
    • 7-33 3-point Field Goals (21.2%)
    • 16-19 Free Throws (84.2%)
    • 11.6 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.4 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.1 BPG, 2.0 TOs
  • His last 4 games against the Friars have been particularly not so good.
    • 14-53 Field Goals (26.4%)
    • 4-20 3-point Field Goals (20.0%)
    • 10-11 Free Throws (90.9%)
    • 10.5 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.8 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.0 BPG, 3.0 TOs
  • He does seem to shoot well from the line no matter how he’s playing though so that’s a good sign.  He is averaging 19.7 PPG, 6.5 RPG, and 2.0 APG this year, so you can see how his shooting takes a plunge against the Friars.
  • The best thing for the Friars as a team was to have Emmitt Holt at the game and on the bench for the first time this year.

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  • Holt is the heart and soul of this team and his presence alone was a boast to every single player.
  • As for the Friars, Kyron Cartwright led the way with a double-double, including a game-high 18 points and a game-high 11 assists.  This was Kyron’s 3rd double-double of the season.  Cartwright had 11 assists vs. just 9 for the entire Butler team.  I love when he dishes out more dimes than the entire other squad, it’s extra satisfying.
  • Cartwright found Bullock creeping behind the defense a couple of times during the game leading to easy buckets.
  • Here’s a look at how much more work Kyron has left to do in order to reach Ernie D in the number 2 spot in all-time assists for Providence.

1. Vincent Council – 725

2. Ernie DiGregorio – 662

3. Kyron Cartwright – 565

4. Kris Dunn – 552

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

  • Bullock had his 16th straight game finishing in double figure scoring.  Rodney had 12 points, 8 rebounds, and his best Bullock War Cry in a long time.
  • Not only that, but Bullock also had a helluva block on what looked like a gimmie layup for the Bulldogs.
  • Kalif Young bounced back from a tough game against DePaul with one of his best games on the season.  Young was energized and all over the court, scoring 8 points on 4-5 shooting, with 8 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.  He’s just gotta get that free throw stroke back…and soon.
  • Jalen Lindsey was a sharpshooting SOB, hitting 3 of 5 threes and finished with 13 points and 5 rebounds.
  • Lindsey has now made a 3-point basket in 45 straight games, 36 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 – 11 games
    • 4 made threes – 10 games
    • 6 made threes – 1 game
  • Alpha Diallo didn’t shoot particularly well (4-11) but still ended the game with 10 points and 5 rebounds, struggling with foul trouble during the contest.
  • Isaiah Jackson was the only real contributor off the bench but unfortunately didn’t keep his double-digit scoring streak alive.  Jackson scored 7 points and grabbed 7 boards.  Over the last 4 games, Jackson is averaging 14.8 ppg and 6.0 rpg.  What might be the best stat over that time however, is that he is 27-30 from the free throw line (90.0%).
  • It was good to see some “Big East Alums” in the building for the game.

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  • A great post-game speech from Coach Cooley after the game.

Next Up, the Friars try to avenge an early Big East loss to Creighton at home on Saturday.

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