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A Look Back: PC vs. Georgetown

Jalen Lindsey vs Georgetown takes a look back at all 10 of Providence’s Big East wins from last season.

Game: Providence vs. Georgetown (1/4/17)

Where the Friars Stood: Predicted to finish ninth in the Big East after losing both Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil to the NBA, Providence opened the season 10-2, with wins over #21 Rhode Island, a good Vermont team in the season opener, and on a neutral court versus Memphis.

Yet, PC looked the part of a 9th place team in the three games prior to hosting Georgetown in their Big East home opener.

Lowly Boston College defeated them by double digits just prior to Christmas, and a two game Midwestern road trip to kick off conference play was a disaster — with back-to-back blowout losses to Xavier and Butler.

These were also desperate times for Georgetown. The Hoyas were inconsistent prior to conference play, defeating a terrific Oregon team in November and winning on the road at Syracuse, but also falling to Arkansas State during an 8-4 start to their season.

Georgetown lost to a hot Marquette team on the road in their conference opener, but played #17 Xavier tough in a loss (81-76).

With #10 Creighton coming to the Dunk after Georgetown, the Friars were in danger of seeing their season slip away early.

The Result: Behind 19 points from Jalen Lindsey and a combined 47 from Emmitt Holt (17), Kyron Cartwright (15), and Rodney Bullock (15), PC pulled out a 76-70 win. This one was even through 32 minutes before PC turned it on late.

What to watch for:

  • The clutch shooting of Jalen Lindsey. It wasn’t just that Lindsey had 19 points, it was when he scored them. He connected on four 3-pointers on the night, with each shot coming in a one possession game. His fourth was after he grabbed an offensive rebound, took a step behind the 3-point line, and pushed Providence’s lead to five with 7:02 to play. They would never look back.
  • Alpha Diallo’s impact. The Friars were puzzled by Georgetown’s zone in the first half until Diallo made some plays at the nail. He threw a pretty up-fake and floater at the Hoyas in the first half, and made two critical plays with just over eight minutes left in the game when the two teams went back-and-forth. It was the beginning of Diallo’s emergence.
  • Cartwright’s early flurry showed his developed offensive game — a deep 3, an end-to-end layup, and a step-back jumper all came in the opening minutes. He dropped an athletic double-pump floater at the halftime buzzer to push the Friar lead to seven.
  • Speaking of showing a diversified offensive game, Holt was enormous over the final 10 minutes. He scored with his back to the basket, through contact on a one dribble drive, dunked off of a give-and-go, and came through with an important tip-in.

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