Game Recap: Friars Lose Third Game in a Row, Fall to Georgetown 76-67

Providence Friars (13-10) 76

Georgetown Hoyas (15-8) 67

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Well, that didn’t go exactly as planned now did it?

With the Friars in need of a win to break their losing streak and potentially separate themselves from the bottom of the Big East, they ended up doing exactly the opposite.  After being tied with Georgetown with 1:46 left in the first half, the Hoyas went on a 14-4 run and the Friars never tied or led in the game after that.

Alpha Diallo did everything he possibly could to keep Providence in the game but the balanced scoring attack of Georgetown saw every starter finish in double-figures on the night as the Friars lost at home.

I would say that the only other small bright spot was Makai Ashton-Langford’s play off the bench for the Friars.  Other than that, the Friars once again turned the ball over (11) more than they handed out assists (9) and once again couldn’t hit a thing from the outside, going 4-22 from deep.  If it’s one thing that PC desperately needs, it’s a healthy A.J. Reeves to deliver a semblance of an outside shooting game for the team.  If that comes to fruition, it will open up things for Big Nate down low as well.  Until then, they are both predictable and one-dimensional on offense.

Game Notes:

  • Alpha Diallo scored a game-high 22 points on 8-18 shooting and grabbed a team-high 6 rebounds.  Diallo was also aggressive offensively, getting to the line a team-high 8 times as well, basically trying to single-handedly will the team to a much-needed victory.
  • No other Friar scored in double-figures in the game.
  • The other 4 starters for PC scored a combined 21 points between them on 9-25 from the field.
  • The second-leading scorer of the Friars was Makai Ashton-Langford off the pine.  MAL went 4-9 from the field for 9 points while also tallying 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.
  • Duke did have a nice alley-oop from MAL to get things started in the 2nd half.
  • A.J. Reeves has still yet to find his offensive stride since returning to action from his ankle injury that kept him sidelined for 9 games.  Over his last three games, Reeves is just 1-10 from three while trying to acclimate himself to the rigors of college hoops.  The one glimmer of hope from this game is that Reeves played 19 minutes after playing just 11, 10, and 10 in his first three games back.  First comes his conditioning and comfortability back…then comes the shot.  At least that’s my thinking anyway.
  • Isaiah Jackson played decently for the first time in what seems like forever for the Senior swingman.  Super Glue went 2-5 from the field for 7 points, even hitting a three (!).  He also added 4 rebounds, a team-high 4 assists, 2 steals, and a block.  He actually accounted for 45% of the team’s assists which should probably never have to be the case for the team.
  • Maliek White saw his minutes dwindle in this game, most likely due to the fact that Duke played so well in the last game.  White has now scored in single-digits in the last 9 games, averaging only 3.6 ppg over that stretch.  He is also shooting just 10-46 (21.7%) over that period and 3-20 (15%) from three.  Yikes.
  • Georgetown’s Freshman point guard James Akinjo was just 1-10 from the floor but was able to get to the line 10 times, connecting on 8 of them, and handed out 8 assists to just 1 turnover.  The sign of a true point guard is to be able to help your team in any and every way that you can if one aspect of your game is not clicking on any particular night.  Akinjo did just that.  It’s hard to be complimentary of a 1-10 shooting performance, but here were are.
  • Man, I am just going to hate Mac McClung for 4 years aren’t I?
  • Sidenote, Alpha Diallo became a member of the 1,000 point club in the game.
  • PC Legend Ryan Gomes was in attendance, but that didn’t seem to make much of a difference.

Next Up, the Friars travel to MSG to take on St. John’s and I’m hoping to God they get back to their winning ways. 

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