Friar Basketball

The Season: Runaway in Queens

Cartwright SJU New York Post

This one had all the makings of a long night for the Friars.

Providence entered its Big East opener with a 9-4 record after going 3-3 in December, while St. John’s went 10-2 in conference play and supposedly boasted one of the better defenses in the league.

Instead, this trip to Queens turned into Providence’s most explosive offensive night of the season.

The Friars made 16-30 from beyond the arc, with Jalen Lindsey knocking down six 3-pointers, Alpha Diallo hitting 3-4, and Kyron Cartwright setting a career high with five of his own.

There’s something about Cartwright and New York. Injuries hampered him throughout December, so much so that he failed to score in double figures in five games played. Injury forced him to sit a win over Sacred Heart, and see short minutes against Brown (15) and Houston (6).

He finished off St. John’s with 21 points, 15 assists, and four steals, while making 8-11 from the field and 5-7 from deep. Of course, he’d come back to NYC three months later and put on an absolute show in the Big East Tournament.

Diallo had 16 points and 12 assists, Nate Watson got the start and scored 9, while Lindsey (18) and Bullock (20) scored in double figures.

PC out-scored St. John’s 53-32 in the second half and won easily, 94-72. It was a loss that started the Johnnies on a shocking spiral, as they lost 11 consecutive games to start conference play before beating #4 Duke and knocking off #1 Villanova on the road.

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