PC Falls to Seton Hall 89-77 in Game Spanning 2 Days
Friday, February 23, 2018
Providence College Friars men's basketball team dropped its second straight game on Thursday afternoon, falling to Seton Hall 89-77 at Alumni Hall.
The game was played over a two day period, starting at the Dunkin' Donuts Center on Wednesday, February 21 and finishing at Alumni Hall on Thursday, February 22 after the floor conditions at the Dunkin' Donuts Center were considered unplayable and the game was suspended.
The loss drops PC to 17-11 overall and 8-7 in the Big East. Seton Hall improves to 18-9 overall and 8-7 in the Big East.
Seton Hall sweeps the season series with the Friars.
PC’s Rally Falls Short
Trailing by nine, 56-47, when the game was suspended Providence cut Seton Hall’s lead to one, 59-58, on a three by Kyron Cartwright with 8:50 to play.
On Seton Hall’s ensuing possession, Ismael Sanogo knocked down corner three to put an end to PC’s momentum.
That three sparked a 12-3 run for the Pirates capped off by a Khadeen Carrington three-point play to take a 71-61 lead with six minutes left.
The Friars would get back within six, 77-71, with 2:10 to play on a Maliek White layup.
However, Seton Hall would score the next six points to go up 83-71 with 1:03 left.
Providence would get no closer than seven points in the final minute.
Cartwright led the Friars with 25 points and six assists in the game.
Early Foul Trouble Hurts PC
The Friars got into early foul trouble in the first half and it hurt them.
Cartwright and Makai Ashton-Langford each picked up two fouls and only played ten and seven minutes respectively.
Jalen Lindsey also picked up two fouls in the half, but play 15 minutes.
Providence held a 22-19 lead with eight minutes to play in the first half before the Pirates went on a 14-5 run to take a 33-27 lead following a jump shot by Angel Delgado with 2:23 to play in the half.
Providence would get within four, 35-31, with 1:34 to play before going into the break down 39-34.
The Friars return to action on Saturday, February 24 when they visit Georgetown.
Game time is set for noon.
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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.
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