PC Blows Out Butler in 1st Round of Big East, Faces #1 Villanova Thursday

Thursday, March 14, 2019


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The Providence College Friars started slow and were down early and then shifted into another gear and blew out the Butler Bulldogs.

It was the third win over Butler in less than three weeks.

Providence College, the 8th seed defeated Butler, 80-57, in the Big East Tournament First Round at Madison Square Garden.  

The Friars improved to 18-14 overall and advance to the quarterfinal round to face top-seeded and 25th-ranked Villanova at noon on Thursday.

PC Lost to Villanova 67-85 in February and  59-65 in January. The Friars came back and almost stole the January game at the Dunk and was competitive and leading much of the first 30 minutes in Philadelphia.

The Friars hit 11 three-point baskets for the second-consecutive game against Butler.

PC shot 55.8 percent (29-52) from the field to tie a program record in the Tournament. The last time the Friars shot 55.8 percent came in 1993 against Connecticut. 

Providence saw four players reach double figures, led by Maliek White, who scored a career-high 19 points on 8-11 shooting. Alpha Diallo scored 18 points and grabbing a team-high eight rebounds in front of his hometown crowd. He shot 7-13 from the field, including 2-3 from three-point territory and also dished four assists.

Senior Isaiah Jackson shot 3-5 from beyond the arc and 4-4 from the charity stripe to finish with 13 points while picking up five rebounds. Freshman David Duke scored 16 points on 6-8 shooting from the field, and a 2-3 performance from beyond the arc. 

The Friars' defense limited Butler in the early going, holding Butler to 0-4 from the field and scoreless for the first 3:36 of play. The


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