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- Updated: January 7, 2017
Providence was facing a stiff test before Kyron Cartwright left Saturday’s game against #10 Creighton with a knee injury. After he departed the Friars were no match for the Bluejays, falling 78-64 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Credit Providence for battling in this one. Creighton ran off to a 12-2 start early, but PC tied the game in the final five minutes of the first half before Cartwright went down.
Creighton led by nine late in the first half, but a 9-2 Friar run made it 41-40 early in the second. This was a two possession game with under eight minutes to play, but Providence’s offense was lost without Cartwright down the stretch and the Jays pulled away.
Cartwright Goes, Offensive Woes: Freshman point guard Maliek White connected on a deep jumper at the 11:27 mark of the second half to pull Providence to within four. The Friars scored just four field goals the rest of the way — two of them coming in the closing seconds when the game was out of reach.
All four of those baskets came from freshmen — Alpha Diallo finished on a difficult bank shot and Kalif Young scored three times around the rim.
Holt’s Big First Half: Emmitt Holt was outstanding in the first half in taking it to Creighton seven footer Justin Patton. Holt made six first half field goals and grabbed four rebounds.
He was limited in the second, however, taking just three shots from the field and making one.
Holt finished the day with 17 points and seven rebounds.
Tale of Second Year Classes: Patton more than lived up to the billing. Creighton’s redshirt freshman has as much buzz surrounding him recently than any player in the Big East. He scored 20 points on Providence, showing a diversified offensive game in the process — throwing down alley oops, connecting off of an 18 foot jumper off of a crossover, and flashing a mid-range jumper.
His less-heralded classmate Khyri Thomas was just as efficient — scoring 16 points on 8-11 shots from the field to go along with five rebounds.
Conversely, PC’s sophomore class is not having an impact. Drew Edwards looks like he’s headed toward a redshirt season as he has battled knee issues following offseason surgery, while Ryan Fazekas is struggling to assert himself and Ricky Council isn’t part of the rotation.
Fazekas played seven minutes on Saturday and did not attempt a shot.
Watson Too Much: Creighton point guard Mo Watson is a problem normally, but when Cartwright went down he feasted.
The nation’s leader in assists dished out a season high 14 helpers on Saturday and scored 11 points for good measure.
Cartwright’s injury thrust White, PC’s freshman point guard, into a terribly difficult spot trying to slow the Big East’s best point guard. Watson had his way in the second half.
Bullock Off: Rodney Bullock shot 3-13 from the field and missed all four of his 3-point attempts against Creighton.
Bullock was nothing short of outstanding during the first semester, shooting with confidence, scoring with efficiency, and getting to the free throw line with consistency.
Since Big East play started, Bullock’s outside shot has faltered (2-15 in conference play) and he’s not getting to the free throw line (zero foul shot attempts against both Xavier and Creighton).