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Opportunity Lost at MSG
- Updated: March 10, 2017
Now we wait.
Providence entered the Big East Tournament as the league’s hottest team, having won six straight in a late season NCAA Tournament push, but the Friars struggled in all facets offensively in its 70-58 loss to Creighton on Thursday night.
PC missed 12 of its 26 attempts at the free throw line, allowed 26 points off of turnovers, and simply looked jittery for most of the night.
Throughout much of their six game winning streak the Friars trailed, but stayed poised, chipping away at double digits deficits against NCAA Tournament hopefuls like Xavier, Creighton, and Marquette before bouncing back to win. On Thursday night it looked as though they were trying to erase Creighton’s lead on one possession.
This one turned early in the second half. Providence led 30-27 coming out of the halftime break, but Creighton ripped off a 10-0 run to take a lead they would never surrender.
In the first eight minutes of the second half PC had just two made field goals and nine turnovers, and despite struggling offensively, Ed Cooley’s group trailed by just four with ten minutes to play.
PC was down nine with under three minutes to play when Emmitt Holt (14 points) converted a three point play. The Friars came up with a steal after Holt’s made free throw cut Creighton’s lead to six, but Jalen Lindsey threw the ball away and the Friars got no closer.
Kyron Cartwright led Providence with 15 points, seven rebounds, and four assists, while trying to inject energy into a skittish bunch, but outside of Holt and Cartwright the Friars failed to get anything going.
Alpha Diallo battled through second half foul trouble after scoring eight points in the first, while Rodney Bullock shot just 1-8 from the field, and Lindsey shot 2-6. As a team, PC made 4-21 from the three point arc.
Selection Sunday will be nerve wracking for the Friars, especially after a Thursday in which bubble teams like TCU and Kansas State picked up huge wins (TCU beat #1 Kansas, while K-State upset Baylor).
The Friars are 20-12 on the season.