PC Falls on Road to #3 Xavier 84-74

Thursday, March 01, 2018
GoLocalProv Sports Team

The Providence College Friars men's basketball team fell 84-74 to the #3 Xavier Musketeers on Wednesday night in Ohio. 

The loss drops PC to 18-12 overall and 9-8 in the Big East. 

With the win, Xavier clinches at least a share of the Big East regular-season title. 

Friars Fall Short 

After trailing by three at the half, Providence cut Xavier’s lead to one, 40-39, in the opening minutes of the second half.

After that, Xavier took over.

The Musketeers went on a 10-0 run to take a 50-39 lead with 17:41 to play in the game.

Providence would get as close as six, 65-59, with 5:59 to play in the game before the Xavier would extend their lead to eight on two free throws by Quentin Goodin to make it 73-65.

PC’s Maliek White would knock down a jumper to make it 73-67 Xavier with 3:07 left to play, before Xavier would score six straight points to take a 79-67 lead with 1:07 to play.

Providence would not get closer than ten points the rest of the way.

Maliek White led the Friars with 15 points off the bench. Alpha Diallo followed up with 13 points to lead all starters. 

Next up 

The Friars return to action on Saturday, March 3 when they host St. John's in the final game of the regular season. 

Game time is set for 12 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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