PC Falls to Marquette in OT 95-90
Thursday, January 04, 2018
Joe Calabro, GoLocalProv Sports Team
The Friars were without leading scorer Rodney Bullock, who missed the game with the flu.
The loss drops PC to 10-6 overall and 1-2 in the Big East. Marquette improves to 2-1 in the Big East.
Friars Fall in OT
In the OT period, PC’s Alpha Diallo knocked down two free throws to cut Marquette’s lead to 92-90 with 49 seconds left in the game.
However, PC was unable to come up with a stop on the defensive end.
On Marquette’s ensuing possession, Sam Hauser knocked down a three with 16 seconds to play to give Marquette a 95-90 lead.
Marquette would hold on for the win.
The Golden Eagles shot 50% from the field and 50% from three en route to the win. They were led by Markus Howard, who poured in 52 points.
Earlier in the OT period, PC’s Kyron Cartwright had a chance to tie the game at 90 off of a steal, but his step-back jumper missed.
Cartwright led PC with 29 points, but also had nine turnovers.
Marquette Forces OT
After leading by one in the half, the Friars found themselves trailing by as much as eight points, 67-59, with 7:49 to play in the game.
PC then went on a 16-2 run capped off by an Isaiah Jackson layup to take a 75-69 lead with 2:27 to play.
Marquette would then go on a 10-4 run capped off by a Markus Howard layup and foul to tie the game at 79.
Providence would get a final possession with just over 20 seconds left, however, Cartwright would turn the ball over.
Marquette’s Andrew Rowsey missed a three with four seconds left, sending the game to overtime.
The Friars return to action on Saturday, January 6 when they host #4 Xavier at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
Game time is set for noon.
Despite the heroics of Markus Howard the game was in hand for Providence in the last minute of regulation and rhe Friars gave Marquette a life line with 2 turnovers and a foul off a made layup. Bad loss.— Steve Hartnett (@stevehartnett92) January 4, 2018
Will never forget this night as long as I live. Markus Howard with the best individual performance I've ever seen in person. 52. Marquette beats PC in OT.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) January 4, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kalif Young - Sophomore
"The Holt injury is a major problem. He is the toughest player on the team, the best rebounder, and a post up guy that they don’t have. He is also good outside guy that can stretch the defense. Plus, you lose the experience," said Hassett.
Holt's absence means 6'9" sophomore Kalif Young will open the season at center.
"He has a tremendous opportunity now with Holt gone to get more minutes then he would have gotten. The reliance on him now is bigger. With Emmitt out there he didn’t have to play important minutes, now he has to play important minutes," said Hassett.
In his freshman season with the Friars, Young averaged 3.2 points, 3.2 rebounds 0.5 blocked shots in 13 minutes of action per game.