Game Recap: PC Friars Fall at #1 Villanova, 89-69

Providence Friars 69 (14-7)

#1 Villanova Wildcats 89 (19-1)


If you’re going to beat the #1 team and the country AND beat them at their place, you have to play a pretty perfect game.  After starting out hot and having a lead for the beginning of the game, foul trouble to Kyron Cartwright stalled things for the Providence offense, with Villanova building a 9-point lead that they took into halftime.

The Friars missed 8 straight field goals at one point in the 2nd half and the Wildcats seemingly took advantage of every mistake an opportunity that presented itself to eventually win comfortably in Philly.

Game Notes: 

  • The Friars are now 2-15 all-time vs. #1 ranked teams, with their last win coming in 2009 against Pittsburgh.
  • The Friars jumped out to an early 9-point lead but they didn’t take advantage of the very poor shooting start from the Wildcats, missing on some easy opportunities.
  • Kalif Young continued to rebound the basketball well, tying a team-high with 8 rebounds but did not keep his scoring going along with it.  Young was only able to score 2 points but has averaged 7 rebounds per game over the last three games.
  • Rodney Bullock was the only Friars starter to shoot better than 50% from the floor, going 5-9 for a team-high 16 points.
  • This was Bullock’s 18th game in-a-row scoring in double-figures.
  • Jalen Lindsey shot well from deep, going 4-9 from distance and finishing with 14 points in the game.
  • Lindsey has now made a 3-point basket in 47 straight games, 38 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 – 12 games
    • 4 made threes – 11 games
    • 6 made threes – 1 game
  • As was mentioned on the telecast, his 47 straight games with a made three-pointer is the longest streak in the country.  I mean, I was the one who has been mentioning this over and over, but good work letting everyone else know guys.
  • Kyron Cartwright started out the game with two quick three-pointers to put the Friars ahead early but two fouls sidelined him for the majority of the 1st half.  As a result, Cartwright only got up 7 shots in the game, going 3-7 for 12 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds.
  • Cartwright did have a little bit of a turnover bug (4) on some uncharacteristic cross-court passes, but I think it was the foul trouble that got him out of rhythm.
  • 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 – 578

    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

  • Alpha Diallo’s final stat line looks good with 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists, but he did not look like the Alpha that Friartown has become accustomed to be able to count on from the offense side of things.  Alpha was just 4-15 from the floor and his shot didn’t quite look right all game.  Those games will happen from time to time where you just can’t find your shot.
  • The Friars used 5 guys from the bench (Ashton-Langford, Edwards, White, Watson, & Jackson) compared to Villanova’s 3 (Cosby-Roundtree, DiVincenzo, & Gillespie) but the Wildcats’ reserves outscored PC 22-13.
  • In my opinion, Jalen Brunson is the Player of the Year in College Basketball so far.
  • Omari Spellman is going to be a problem for the next four years and I don’t like it ONE BIT.
  • Unfortunately, after the game, it was reported that Phil Booth fractured a bone in his shooting hand on a play where he swiped at the ball.  This is the third broken hand that the Villanova team has suffered this season, Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels being the others.  Gillespie is back in the lineup now but Samuels is still out.  Booth has been ruled out indefinitely, just a year after he missed the whole season with a knee injury.
  • Ed Cooley in the huddle during the game is just the best…how could you not want to play for that guy?
  • Providence had 14 turnovers to just 11 assists.
  • Villanova had 7 turnovers to 18 assists.

Up Next, the Friars stay on the road and take on Seton Hall on Wednesday, January 31st at 7 PM on FS1.

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