Saturday, January 21, 2017

Game Recap: Kyron Cartwright Falls a Rebound Shy of a Triple-Double as PC Smokes Gtown 74-56

Providence Friars (13-7) 74
Georgetown Hoyas (10-9) 56


While Rodney Bullock led the Friars with 22 points, this game was all about Kyron Cartwright.  Cartwright finished the game, one rebound shy of a triple-double and the Friars played their most complete game of the season on their way to a drubbing of Georgetown on the road.

Cartwright finished the game with 16 points, a career-high 9 rebounds, and 11 assists.  When asked in the postgame press conference why he couldn't come up with that last rebound to complete the triple-double, Cartwright responded with, "I'm not even six foot, I'm surprised I got nine."

Jalen Lindsey (14) and Emmitt Holt (11) were the other two Friars to finish in double scoring as the Friars were able to hold Georgetown to just 32.7% shooting from the floor and 21.7% from three.

Quick Hits:
  • Where else can you start besides the brilliance of Kyron Cartwright.  He got to where he wanted on the floor and got other people to where he wanted them to be.  The 5'11'' point guard also grabbed a career-high 9 boards, many of the one-handed variety.
  • Cartwright was just one rebound shy of recording a triple-double.  He got a rebound with under a minute left but a teammate was called for a foul on the play and thus the elusive triple-double was not meant to be.
  • Since Vine has become extinct (kind of) as of January 17th, I can't embed the videos fo Cartwright absolutely crushing the entire Georgetown Hoyas team, so that's kind of disappointing.
  • Just know this...Kyron Cartwright is a bad mother fucker.
  • Rodney Bullock continued his return to form on the offensive side of the ball.  He finished with a game-high 22 points on 9-18 shooting.  He did continue to struggle from distance, going 1-6 from downtown.  He finished very well in transition on some devilish looks from General Cartwright.
  • Bullock also finished with a team-high 3 steals and the lone block for the Friars.
  • Jalen Lindsey's wrist looks to be back at 100%.  He played 35 minutes and finished with 14 points on 4-8 shooting, all four makes coming from behind the three-point line.
  • Let me know if you've heard this before, but Emmitt Holt struggled with foul trouble and was only able to play 15 minutes before fouling out for PC.  In a game where the refs seemed to be letting everyone play through some contact, they somehow called every touchy thing on Holt.
  • In his 15 minutes he was on the floor, no one on the Hoyas could stop Holt.  He was an extremely efficient 4-5 from the floor for 11 points.
  • Alpha Diallo looks to have solidified his spot in the starting lineup, making his third straight start for the Friars.  In his three starts, he actually hasn't looked that great, but the minutes for both Ryan Fazekas and Isaiah Jackson have continued to decrease.  Fazekas (6 minutes) and Jackson  (4 minutes) seem to be the victims of Ed Cooley's new shortened rotation.  It's basically dwindled down to a 7-man rotation with the two Freshmen, Young & White, contributing off the bench.
  • Kalif Young rebounded well off the bench against the big front line of Georgetown, snagging 8 rebounds in 24 minutes.  His lefty hooks weren't falling in this one and his touch probably needs to get a little softer in the future, but I'm never angry with his shot selection.  Sometimes they go in, and sometimes they don't.  Keep hustling big guy.
  • Maliek White played very well in relief of Cartwright and I actually thought that the lineups with Cartwright and White on the floor at the same time were really encouraging.  Taking some of the ball handling responsibilities off of Cartwright really frees him up offensively and he can utilize even more of his improved three point shooting ability.  This is something Cooley did last year with Kris Dunn and Cartwright so that Dunn could get some time playing off the ball.
  • John Thompson III has to be on the hot seat by now right?
  • Since moving to the "New" Big East as some people call it (I don't), the Georgetown team has been on a downward spiral.  He's probably fine for at least another year, but if they continue on this path, their going to run out of excuses for him pretty soon.  
  • With the win, the Friars swept the Hoyas for the third straight year.
  • L.J. Peak followed up his last stinker against the Friars with another one, gong 3-11 from the floor.  It seems like he was so much better last year doesn't it?
  • Versatile big man Marcus Derrickson abused PC in their last matchup, eventually finishing with a career-high 26 points.  This time around, the combination of Emmitt Holt and Kalif Young were able to limit him to just 9 points on the night.
  • Rodney Pryor again looks like he's making all the right plays and taking the right shots but they just aren't going in against Providence.  Pryor finished 5-13 for 12 points.
  • Once Pryor, a 5th year transfer, leaves at the end of the year, that should free up more scoring opportunities for Freshman point guard Jagan Mosley.  He showed glimpses that he might develop into a player going forward in his college career.
  • I felt like Bradley Hayes was so much better last year too.  I don't even realize he's on the court when he's out there now.
  • The Hoyas shot 32.7% from the floor.
  • The Hoyas shot 21.7% on three pointers.
  • The Hoyas turned the ball over 15 times vs. 13 assists.
  • The Hoyas got thumped.
  • Georgetown has now lost 15 consecutive Big East games to teams not named DePaul or St. John's.  Wow.
Next Up, the Friars travel to Philly to take on the #1 team in the Nation, the Villanova Wildcats at Noon on Saturday.  The last team to beat Nova there...you guessed it...PC.