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Friars Continue Dominance of Georgetown
- Updated: January 17, 2017
Providence has responded to last week’s loss to DePaul in resounding fashion — first by holding off a late rally against Seton Hall over the weekend, and then thrashing Georgetown on the road two nights later.
This one was never all that close. The Friars led 42-27 at the break, then pushed and maintained the lead out to 20 for much of the second half, eventually winning 74-56 in earning their first road victory of the season.
The two biggest differences between PC and the Hoyas on Monday night?
Providence has a very good point guard, while Georgetown is desperately in search of one.
Kyron Cartwright followed up a 20 point, eight assist effort against Seton Hall with a near triple double on Monday — finishing with 16 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds while setting an aggressive tone from the jump.
If there was a loose ball to be had on this night it was Providence who grabbed it. PC was simply quicker to the ball throughout, and the more Georgetown missed (18-55 from the field, 5-23 from deep) the less determined they seemed to fight for rebounds and loose balls.
If there’s anything we’ve learned about Ed Cooley’s teams over the past five years it’s that they will fight.
Cooley’s first NCAA Tournament team in Providence looked to be on the brink in early January after dropping a pair of double overtime losses in a row and then being blown out by 30 at Villanova. That team later lost four of five in February as well, but played their best basketball in March and went on to win the Big East Tournament.
A year later they lost to both Brown and Boston College in the midst of a three game losing streak that threatened to derail their season. That team won 22 games.
Last season’s team struggled through a 2-6 stretch from late January to the end of February, but finished the year with 24 wins and a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Ed Cooley’s team just don’t go away.
Cooley’s current bunch might not be headed back to the NCAA Tournament, but they have their pride — and they heard a lot of the negativity following last week’s collapse at DePaul.
If there was any question they’d heard it, Cooley all but answered that after the Seton Hall win by taking his detractors to task in his postgame press conference, “Everybody likes when you win. You find your best people when you’re struggling. The best people in the room are ourselves. None of you out there know what the hell it is to go through these games and how hard it is to win.”
Cartwright has proven to be quite a find, and now that his knee tendinitis isn’t hobbling him the Friars are following his lead.
Four Friars scored in double figures against Georgetown, led by Rodney Bullock’s 22 points. Bullock took his game inside the arc more, as eight of his nine makes from the field came from two point range. He has 44 points in his last two games and connected on 50% of his shots in each.
Providence also got big lifts from Emmitt Holt (11 points, 4-5 shooting), Jalen Lindsey (14 points, 4-7 from 3), and freshman Kalif Young (8 rebounds, two assists in 24 minutes).
Lindsey has been terrific in his role as the top wing defender and reliable outside threat this season. He scored 33 points in the two victories over Georgetown.
One of the most encouraging developments over the past three days has been the emergence of Young as a presence on the glass. The freshman is boarding with more conviction and has begun ripping rebounds away from opponents in traffic. He battled Seton Hall’s outstanding rebounder Angel Delgado when given the chance on Saturday, and was every bit a match for two very big bodies in Bradley Hayes and Jessie Govan on Monday night.
Monday’s win also continued Providence’s dominance of Georgetown. The Friars have swept them three years in a row and are now 7-1 against the Hoyas since the Big East realigned.
With the victory, Providence improves to 13-7 on the season. They’ll continue their road trip on Saturday with a visit to #1 Villanova.