Cartwright’s Double-Double Helps PC Cruise Past Houston Baptist 84-55 at Alumni Hall

Saturday, November 11, 2017
Joe Calabro, GoLocalProv Sports Team

Kyron Cartwright
Kyron Cartwright posted a double-double with ten points and 10 assists as the Providence College Friars men’s basketball team cruised past Houston Baptist 84-55 at Alumni Hall on the Providence College campus.

The game marked the Friars first game at Alumni Hall since 1972.

They start the season 1-0. 

Friars Pull Away After Slow Start

Providence got off to a slow start in the game and would hold onto a 13-12 lead after Houston Baptist’s Jalen Gates knocked down a free throw.

Back-to-back layups by freshman Nate Watson and sophomore Maliek White would spark the Friars to a 21-5 run capped off by an Isaiah Jackson three with 4:46 to play in the half to put Providence up 34-17.

White led the Friars with 13 points off the bench while Jackson added 11. 

Houston Baptist would get within 11, 34-23, following two free throws from David Caraher with 3:21 to play in the half.

However, PC would close the half on an 8-0 run to take a 42-23 lead into the locker room.

Houston Baptist would not get closer than 10 points in the second half as PC would cruise to the season-opening win.

Next up

The Friars return to action on Monday, November 13 when they host #15 Minnesota at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Game time is set for 7 p.m.

  • Guard

    Kyron Cartwright -  Senior 

    Kyron Cartwright was ranked as the sixth-best guard in the country and the second-best guard in the Big East by CBS Sports. 

    He was also named to the preseason All-Big East second team at Big East media day. 

    "Kyron is the fastest player in the Big East, he can distribute the ball, he was 4th in the league in assists last season, so he can make things happen," said Hassett. 

    In 2016-17, Cartwright averaged 11.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in the regular season helping the Friars to a third-place finish in the conference. 

    He finished the season ranked fourth in the country and first in the Big East with 6.7 assists per game. 

    Coming into this season, Cartwright is tied with John Linehan with 450 career assists. He has a chance to climb as high as second all-time and pass Ernie DeGregorio who recorded 662 career assists. 

    Vincent Council is number one with 725 career assists. 

  • Guard

    Alpha Diallo - Sophomore 

    Alpha Diallo will look to build off a freshman season in which he started 16 games for the Friars.

    He averaged 5.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes of action per game. At the end of the year, the team named him the Marvin Barnes Defensive Player of the Year. 

    Diallo started his freshman season coming off the bench and playing inconsistent minutes through the first eight games. 

    By PC's fifth Big East Conference game, he was in the starting lineup and would stay there. 

    Diallo finished the season reaching double figures in five of the Friars final 12 games, including 18 points against both Villanova and St. John's. 

  • Guard

    Jalen Lindsey - Senior

    Jalen Lindsey has missed the entire preseason with a knee injury. 

    Lindsey returned to practice on Wednesday and will be a game-time decision for Friday, according to Cooley. 

    If Lindsey can't go, senior Isaiah Jackson will take his place in the starting lineup. 

    Last season with PC, Lindsey averaged 10.4 points, four rebounds and one steal in 31 minutes of action per game. 

    He also shot 46% from three. 

  • Forward

    Rodney Bullock - Senior 

    Rodney Bullock returns to the Friars this season after testing the NBA Draft waters last March, before pulling his name out. 

    Prior to the start of this season, Bullock was named second-team all-Big East. 

    "With Rodney Bullock, he has to be consistent. He has to come out and give it to you every night. With this team, there is no reason why he shouldn't average 17 points and get 8-10 rebounds per game. He has to be more aggressive on both ends of the floor," said Hassett. 

    In 2016-17, Bullock led Providence in scoring and rebounding with an average of 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. 

    He also led PC with five double-doubles on the year and scored at least 20 points in nine games, including a career-high 36 points against New Hampshire. 

    In PC’s NCAA Tournament game against USC, Bullock poured in 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds. 

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