Friar Basketball

Friars Slip Past Brown

Cooley Yelling UMass

Brown continues to be a thorn in the side of Ed Cooley.

Much had been made of Rhode Island’s victory over Providence on Saturday night, as Cooley kicked off his PC career with seven straight wins over Rhody prior to this weekend’s loss.

Brown has been a different story.

Cooley’s Friars lost at Brown in 2012, and again at home in 2014. The ’13 game came down to the wire. On that night Josh Fortune snapped a tie game with 33 seconds to play to give Providence a lead that they wouldn’t surrender.

Fortune’s shot came from virtually the same spot as a late 3-pointer by Jalen Lindsey tonight. Lindsey’s deep one with 45 seconds to play put PC up four. That shot looked to finish off a second half comeback that saw Providence rally from 15 points down early in the second half.

Brown wouldn’t go away, however. Mike Martin’s club forced overtime and had a golden opportunity late in the extra session. Down a point, Brown missed a 3-point shot with 1:30 remaining. Providence closed with four foul shots in the final minute and a half to escape with a 77-72 victory.

This was a disjointed night from the start. Kyron Cartwright sat for the first 30 minutes of the game with a bad ankle, and surprisingly returned with 10 minutes to go in a one point game. Maliek White left prior to Cartwright’s return after hurting his knee (White later returned to the bench with ice on his knee, but did not return to the game), and Alpha Diallo departed late in regulation with an apparent ankle injury.

Providence’s problems began well before Diallo and White departed. Brown led by 12 at halftime, thanks to a lethargic defensive effort (40 points) and an out of sync offense (11-33 from the field, 2-11 from 3, 4-9 at the free throw line).

Through 20 minutes Rodney Bullock, Alpha Diallo, and Makai Ashton-Langford (starting in place of Cartwright) combined to make just 1-14 shots from the field.

The second half saw Cooley go small, with young big men Nate Watson and Kalif Young headed to the bench in favor of a small ball lineup that featured Bullock in the middle. Bullock (4-7), Diallo (4-6), and Ashton-Langford (3-6) bounced back in the second half and overtime.

Providence ramped up its defensive effort in the second half, turning the Bears over 12 times and limiting them to just 2-8 from 3-point range.

Five Friars scored in double figures, led by Rodney Bullock’s 21 point, nine rebound night. Bullock defended with more aggression in the second half and got to the free throw line for 16 attempts.

Ashton-Langford produced in his first start, scoring 11 points to go along with seven assists, and five rebounds. Notably, the Friars ran much of their offense through the freshman with the game on the line late in the second half and in overtime.

This was a game Brown must feel as though they let slip away. They led for over 33 minutes (as opposed to 9:10 for PC), but much like turnovers killed Providence against URI over the weekend, they hurt the Bears Wednesday. The Friars scored 24 points off of turnovers.

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