Game Recap: Friars Finish Off the Regular Season with a Comfy Win Over Butler, 83-70

Providence Friars (17-14) 83

Butler Bulldogs (16-15) 70

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This game was more about Big East Tournament seeding and making sure that everything is clicking going into Madison Square Garden than anything else.  The one thing that the Friars needed to get going in order of having a chance of making a run this coming week is the return to early season form of A.J. Reeves.

Well, boy did he look like the A.J. Reeves before he got hurt.  Reeves was money all game, scoring a game-high 24 points and splashing three all over the joint.  Isaiah Jackson was stellar once again, chipping in 20 points of his own en route to joining the 1,000 point club on his Senior night.

The Friars were clicking in every aspect of the game and seem to be gelling at exactly the right time.

Game Notes:

  • A.J. Reeves, welcome back.
  • This was a throw back game to Reeves to his Friars debut against Siena.  A.J. was 6-8 from long distance and 9-13 overall on his way to a game-high 24 points in just 25 minutes.
  • In fact, the 24 points were tied for the second most points in a game in his Freshman year.
  • Isaiah Jackson joined the 1,000 point club with another all-around great game off of the bench.  This looks like the same Jackson that ended out last season with a string of really good games.
  • The Friars need both of these guys to be clicking to be at their best.
  • Jackson was 7-10 from the floor, including a perfect 3-3 from three and 3-3 from the line.  Super Glue chipped in 5 rebounds and 2 assists just for fun too.
  • Speaking of Seniors, this game against Butler was Senior night for the Friars in which they honored Emmitt Holt, Isaiah Jackson, and Drew Edwards.
  • Nate Watson was sidelined with foul trouble for the majority of the game and only saw 16 minutes of action, finishing with 8 points and a pair of rebounds.
  • Maliek White didn’t get his offense going that much via buckets but did everything else well to help the Friars.
  • White finished with a game-high 6 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, and a hell of a block.
  • Alpha Diallo fell a rebound shy of his 10th double-double of the season, ultimately finishing with 11 points and a game-high 9 rebounds.  Diallo continued to lead the Friars in just about every category this season and also had 4 assits.
  • Kalif Young had his second straight great game off the bench.  With Watson in foul trouble, Young filled in impressively.
  • Kalif finished with 8 rebounds, 7 points, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 4 BLOCKS!  It seemed like anytime Kalif met someone at the rim, they were getting that shit sent back to where they came from.
  • Nate, without a doubt, wins best honors in the celebration photo.

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  • Not to be forgotten, a Happy Senior Day to the PC Managers as well!

Next Up, the Big East Tournament.  Oh, Baby…

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