Game Recap: Friars Win 3rd in a Row Against Butler, Winning 1st Rd Big East Tourny Game Handily, 80-57

Providence Friars (18-14) 80

Butler Bulldogs (16-16) 57

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Usually I would say that I’m sick of playing the same team of the 3rd time in 16 days, but if these are the outcomes of doing so, I guess I can get used to it.  The Friars looked the best they have all season in completely dismantling Butler, leading by 20 points for the last 13 minutes of the game.

Maliek White played quite possibly his best game as a Friar, scoring a career-high 19 points at the best possible time.

Game Notes:

  • Maliek White, fire.
  • White made the most field goals (8) he has ever done so in a game on his way to scoring the most points (19) he has ever scored in a game.  White went 8-11 after starting the game 0-3.  That’s right, he made his last 8 shots of that he took.  Man, oh man, did he look good.
  • David Duke also had one of his best games as a Friar and seemed to be playing with a freeness that we haven’t seen in a while from him.
  • Duke was 6-8 from the field, 2-3 from three, and 2-2 from the line.  Efficiency at it’s best.  He still needs to get that assist to turnover ratio turned around (1:3) but he looked sick whenever he attacked the rim or pushed the ball on the break.
  • Alpha Diallo was really good as well.  I mean, everyone was good, so it’s hard to keep thinking of different ways to say it at this point.
  • Diallo was 7-13 from the floor and 2-3 from deep for 18 points.  He also took down a game-high 8 rebounds and served up 4 assists without turning the ball over.  This was your classic Alpha Diallo game.
  • Isaiah Jackson continues to be a blessing for this Friars team and has seemingly found his three-point stroke at exactly the right time.
  • Jackson scored 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished out 3 assists, and had a swipe.
  • Over the last 7 games, Jackson is 13-26 (50%) from three after struggling mightily all season.
  • Although Makai Ashton-Langford didn’t score, he did have this nice ass block.
  • The team shot 55.8% overall for the game.
  • The team shot 47.8% from three.
  • The team had 15 assists to just 10 turnovers.
  • Oh, didn’t I mention that Andrew Fonts got a shout out from the legendary Gus Johnson?
  • Let’s keep playing like this, shall we?

Next Up, the Friars face Villanova at noon on Thursday.

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