PC Escapes Dunk with Win Over Brown in OT

Thursday, December 07, 2017
GoLocalProv Sports Team

Rodney Bullock, led the Friar comeback
You would have thought the Providence College Friars would take their frustration of losing to cross state rival Rhode Island on Saturday out on the Brown Bears, but that did not happen.

On Wednesday night at the Dunk, PC escaped in a win 77-72 in OT despite having trailed for the first 33 minutes of the game. And trailed they did, down 12 at half-time.

It was not Rodney Bullock who almost left PC last year for the NBA draft or top ten point guard Kyron Cartwright who impressed, it was a Brown freshman and a sophomore who put on the show most of the night.

Brown freshman Desmond Cambridge scored a career-high 19 points and grabbed six rebound, and sophomore Brandon Anderson scored 19 points for the Bears.

Brown fell to 4-5 on the season with the loss and Providence improved to 7-2 with the win.

For the Friars, Bullock led five Providence double-figure scorers with a game-high 21 points, just missing a double-double with nine rebounds. Makai Ashton Langford and Alpha Diallo added 11 points each for the Friars. Cartwright came in the second half and was not scheduled to play due to a bad ankle. He added just two, but important points. He played 15 minutes counting the overtime.

If Cooley was frustrated by the Friars' play this season coming into the game, the game against Brown will surely spark even greater frustration. 

THE STAT OF THE NIGHT: Brown and PC tied with 42 rebounds each.

  • 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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