PC Beats Creighton in OT 72-68 to Advance to Big East Tourney Semifinal Round
Friday, March 09, 2018
Providence College Friars edged the Creighton Blue Jays 72-68 in overtime in the quarterfinal round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York on Thursday.
With the win, PC advances to the semifinals where they will face top-seeded Xavier on Friday night, March 9.
The win should also seal an NCAA Tournament berth for the fifth straight year.
Friars Hold Off Creighton
With the game tied at 64 with 1:46 to play in OT, the Friars took a four-point lead, 68-64, on four free throws from Kyron Cartwright and Isaiah Jackson with 55 seconds left.
Creighton’s Davion Mintz cut the Friars lead to two, 68-66, with 16 seconds left, before a spinning jumper by Cartwright gave Providence a four-point cushion back with 16 seconds left.
After two free throws by Mintz and one by PC’s Alpha Diallo, the Friars would hold a three-point lead, 71-68, with eight seconds to play.
In the final seconds Mitch Ballock came off a screen and found himself with an open three to tie the game, but it fell short.
Jackson knocked down a free throw with less than a second left to seal the 72-68 win. Jackson finished the game with nine points and nine rebounds off the bench.
The Friars were led by Diallo, who poured in 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Jalen Lindsey recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Friars Force OT
After a Diallo missed a free throw to tie the game at 58, Creighton’s Marcus Foster converted one free throw to put the Blue Jays up 59-57 with 37 seconds to play.
On PC’s final possession, Diallo missed a short jumper in the paint, grabbed his own rebound and converted a layup to tie the game at 59 with 13 seconds left.
Foster missed a three with a second to play to send the game to overtime.
The Friars and Musketeers will tip-off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
The winner advances to the championship game on Saturday night.
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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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