Friar Basketball

Wounded Friars Fall to Houston

Bullock Wide Shot

Providence last played at Mohegan Sun two months back, but it might as well be a lifetime ago.

Friar fans were on a high in late October. Their Friars trounced Connecticut in an exhibition game that felt like so much more than a preseason run through.

Providence’s offense was on point that night: 90 points on 30-45 shooting from the floor and 9-17 beyond the arc. Five scored players in double figures, none played more than 30 minutes, with PC eventually leading by 27 with under eight minutes to play in the game. If not for a 21-35 night at the free throw line they could have won by 30.

There was no talk then of how much Ed Cooley’s group would miss Emmitt Holt.

No one would have dreamed in late October that the Friars would need a buzzer beater to knock off Belmont, overtime top to Brown, or that they’d squeeze out a four point win over Rider.


Of course, no one could have predicted the unit that would take to the floor on Wednesday.

Kyron Cartwright and Alpha Diallo were shells of themselves, Maliek White couldn’t go, and Drew Edwards was the point guard in the closing minutes as PC tried to fight back from a 21 point deficit in the second half.

Wednesday’s 70-59 loss to Houston was anything but a surprise. It looked to be a complete wash early in the second half, as the Cougars scored on their first seven possessions and carved apart PC’s defense.

Credit PC for digging in defensively over the final ten minutes of the game. Providence out-scored Houston 24-14 in the game’s final 12 minutes, and had numerous chances to make the Cougars squirm, but they simply lacked offensive options on this night.

Rodney Bullock was aggressive for the Friars, scoring 24 points, but his 10 made field goals were half of PC’s total on the night.

The Friars shot 37% from the field, 28% from deep, and went 13-21 at the free throw line.

With the loss, PC is now 8-4 on the season and closes out the non-conference portion of the schedule on Friday against Sacred Heart.

The break holiday can’t come fast enough for the Friars.



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  2. Tom

    December 22, 2017 at 3:22 am

    So much for a deep bench and many seniors. Seems more like no confidence team and a coach that can’t figure out his team.

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