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BC No Match for Cartwright, Providence

Cartwright High Dribble

Boston College head coach Jim Christian may believe he has the best backcourt in the country, but on Saturday night no one could touch Kyron Cartwright.

Providence’s senior point guard turned out a sterling performance in an 86-66 runaway against Boston College, scoring 14 points, dishing out nine assists and grabbing four rebounds. And that was prior to leaving early with a leg injury (more to come on that front).

The numbers only tell half of the story. Cartwright set an aggressive tone from the jump, and a Friar team with an assertive Cartwright has been difficult to beat the past two seasons.

“Kyron can be better than he thinks with his pace and his scoring ability,” Cooley told Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal prior to Saturday’s win. “He’s become a very good shooter, but when he plays at an aggressive pace, he controls the game. Everyone sees that.”

Cartwright was impossible to keep out of the paint, and when he wasn’t getting to the rim or dishing, he knocked down difficult fadeaway jumpers.

This was the formula many pointed to prior to the start of the season: Cartwright running the show with force, Rodney Bullock scoring inside and out (20 points, 6-13 from the field, 3-6 from 3), Jalen Lindsey stretching defenses (4-4 from 3), and Alpha Diallo providing scoring punch (15 points on 7-9 shooting).

Providence limited 2nd Team All ACC selection Jerome Robinson without a field goal in the first half. His first make didn’t come until the game was virtually out of reach. Robinson finished 3-12 from the field.

Freshman Nate Watson (9 points, 3-3 shooting) and Makai Ashton-Langford combined for 16 points, while Kalif Young came alive on the glass (9) after PC had been pummeled in the rebounding department early.

Oh, and Watson also did this:

This was as complete an effort as Cooley’s bunch has had this season.

The Friars shot 59% from the field, 55% from deep, and limited a good shooting BC team to 5-23 from beyond the arc. For as well as the starters played, Providence’s depth was impactful, as PC outscored BC 23-8 in bench points.

The win was Providence’s fourth in a row, as they’ve started the season 5-1. Rider comes to the Dunk midweek before a monster matchup at the Ryan Center against URI kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 2.

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