Friar Basketball

Isaiah Jackson Steps Up in Friar Win

Diallo at Butler Seattle Times

Isaiah Jackson wasn’t on the floor during most of the critical final moments of regulation on Tuesday night in Indianapolis.

After an active first half that saw him score six points to go along with four rebounds, an assist, a pair of steals, and a block, Jackson was a non-factor for much of the second against Butler. He certainly wouldn’t have been the story of the game had Providence not blown a 58-51 lead with under two minutes left in regulation.

The Friars needed overtime to come away with a 73-67 road win, and it wouldn’t have happened without a healthy dose of Jackson in the extra session.

The senior scored his only points of the second half when he made both of his free throws with 18 seconds left in overtime to push PC ahead by three. Providence somehow lost Butler star Kamar Baldwin (27 points) on the ensuing possession, and he promptly buried a wide open three at the top of the key to tie the game. After Friar freshman David Duke missed a great look in the closing seconds it was off to overtime.

Jackson’s impact was immediate.

On Butler’s first possession of overtime, Jackson fell to the court as he battled through a pair of Bulldogs to help PC gather the rebound. On the ensuing possession he grabbed an offensive rebound and then dumped the ball into Nate Watson (21 points) for the first bucket of overtime.

Jackson aggressively denied Butler’s Jordan Tucker throughout the overtime session, and made the two biggest shots of the game in the final two minutes.

After Baldwin converted a PC turnover into a layup with 2:07 left in OT, Butler took its first lead of the overtime session. Makai Ashton-Langford pushed the pace after Baldwin’s score and found Jackson for a corner 3 early in the shot clock to put PC back ahead.

With just under 40 seconds remaining in overtime Providence led by two. The Friars were inbounding the ball 35 feet from the basket with just two seconds on the shot clock. Jackson was the inbounder, Butler chose not to guard him, so he inbounded the ball to Watson, got the ball immediately back, then swished a bomb as the shot clock expired.


Ed Cooley has received his share of criticism for an offense that has often stagnated this season, but he drew up three winning plays out of timeouts in the clutch.

In a one possession game with just over 30 seconds left in regulation, Providence set up an isolation play for Alpha Diallo that resulted in a layup late in the shot clock.

On the final possession of overtime, Duke set a screen for Diallo. Both defenders chased Diallo into the corner and Duke didn’t have a player within ten feet of him as he got the cleanest of looks in the closing seconds.

Then PC took advantage of Butler not covering an inbounding Jackson and got as good a look as they could have hoped for with two seconds on the shot clock in OT.

It was a game won by Providence’s veterans. Watson continues to ascend in his sophomore year, this time making 8-10 from the field and converting all five foul shots he took. Both Watson and Diallo were hampered by foul trouble in the second half, but like Watson, Diallo was efficient from the floor. Diallo made four of his seven field goal attempts.

Jackson’s two 3-pointers in overtime accounted for nearly half of Providence’s total for the game. The Friars finished 5-25 from 3, which included Kalif Young’s first 3-pointer of the season — a step back as the shot clock expired in the first half. The Friar starters combined to shoot 1-15 from deep.

Providence also got a lift from Makai Ashton-Langford, who came off the bench to grab six boards, to go along with four assists, seven points, a steal, and a block.

Cooley has to be happy with a defensive effort that resulted in Butler shooting below 32% from the field and making just 6-24 from deep.

With the win, Providence improves to 16-13 on the season and 6-10 in the Big East, while Butler’s NCAA tournament resume took a big hit with the loss. They are now 6-9 in conference play and 15-13 overall.

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  1. Wally

    February 27, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Watching the Friars play is always a challenge. They can look so good and look so bad within seconds. Last night was typical but they won and that’s all that counts. They really played hard and Watson made some quick and aggressive moves. Moved the ball around, Langford’s best game for sure. Concerned about Duke and his turnovers and decision making. On offense he definitely needs to get his MoJo going: plays with no confidence at all. Got to get him right!! GOFRIARSBABY!!!

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