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Friars Get a Big One at Marquette

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Kyron Cartwright scored all 18 of his points in the second half, Jalen Lindsey and Ryan Fazekas came alive from deep, and Providence left Milwaukee with their first ever win over Marquette at the Bradley Center in a 79-78 thriller.

Surviving a cold start. On paper, this seemed like a certain win for Marquette. The Golden Eagles were fresh off of consecutive victories over top 10 teams, including an upset of #1 Villanova their last time out. Providence entered Saturday’s game 0-10 all-time at Marquette, and they were facing one of the nation’s best three point shooting teams just days after being torched by a young St. John’s group.

A victory would have seemed even more inconceivable given Providence made just one field goal in the game’s first seven minutes and Rodney Bullock and Cartwright were held scoreless in the first half.

Despite seeing Cartwright and Bullock shut out and a 1-9 from the field, Providence scored 40 first half points by making six of their first seven shots from deep. Lindsey and Fazekas were the early catalysts.

Lindsey continued his scorching shooting, making all three of his 3-point attempts in the first half, while Ed Cooley and Co. got a huge lift from Fazekas, who hit a pair of threes and another jumper as PC led 40-32 at halftime.

The evolution of Kyron Cartwright continues. When Providence struggled this season it’s been Cartwright who said “enough is enough.”

When the Friars were lifeless at Butler in January, Cartwright scored 26 points almost out of frustration.

After PC fell apart at DePaul, Cartwright scored 20 points and had eight assists in a win against Seton Hall the next time out. The junior followed that up with a near triple double in a road victory over Georgetown (16/11/9).

When Marquette pushed on Saturday afternoon, Cartwright swung back. He finished a traditional three point play with 2:10 left to push a one point lead to four, drilled a 3-pointer at the 1:33 mark to increase the advantage to seven, and countered a pair of Marquette free throws with two of his own at the 47 second mark.

He finished with 18 points, six assists, and six rebounds — scoring in double figures for the fifth straight game since returning to form after suffering through knee tendinitis.

Not enough can be said about the evolution of Cartwright’s offensive game. He’s finishing in traffic inside, and shooting consistently from both mid and long range. More importantly, his will has been on full display in some of the most critical wins of the season.

Lindsey lighting it up. Lindsey, who played all 40 minutes, snapped a 65 all tie with just over six minutes to play by knocking down his fourth 3-pointer of the afternoon.

The Tennessee native is simply a different player as a junior. His field goal percentage is over 48% after he shot just 38% last year. After making 26% from 3 a year ago, he’s shooting nearly 50% from deep this season.

Since the DePaul loss Lindsey is 16-27 from 3-point range. He’s a different player this season.

Twitter: @Kevin_Farrahar




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