Friar Basketball

A Look Back: PC at Marquette

At Marquette Celebration takes a look back at PC’s exciting road victory at Marquette.

Game: Providence at Marquette on Jan. 28, 2017

Where the Friars Stood: If you had Providence as a tournament team heading into their late January trip to Milwaukee you had more faith than this writer.

Last we checked in, PC raced past Georgetown in D.C., 74-56, to up its Big East record to 3-4. Ed Cooley’s group played two games prior to heading to Marquette — they’d predictably fallen on the road to #1 Villanova and lost in the closing minute at home against St. John’s. Freshman Alpha Diallo had perhaps his best game to date against the Johnnies, with 18 points, eight rebounds, and four assists.

Kyron Cartwright had the ball with under 10 seconds to play in loss to St. John’s, but turned it over to all but end it.

The last time Cartwright let a late game opportunity slip through his fingers came on the road against DePaul, and he bounced back with perhaps his best game of the season in a critical bounce back win against Seton Hall.

History was about to repeat itself.

The Result: The Friars had never beaten Marquette in Milwaukee, and this was a Golden Eagles club fresh off of back-to-back victories over #7 Creighton and #1 Villanova. Marquette was explosive offensively last season, having put up 102 points against Marquette and 50 in the second half versus Nova.

Yet, on this afternoon it was the Friars who bombed away early, with Jalen Lindsey and Ryan Fazekas catching fire from deep in the first half.

The second? Enjoy watching perhaps the best 20 minutes of basketball from any Friar in 2016-17. Cartwright scored all 18 of his points in the second half, making big play after big play.

There were three or four games last season in which Cartwright simply wouldn’t let this team lose, and he was absolutely terrific down the stretch of this one.

Twitter: @Kevin_Farrahar


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