Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Game Recap: PC Friars Make it 5 in a Row with Sloppy Senior Night Win Over DePaul 73-64

Providence Friars (19-11) 73
DePaul Blue Demons (9-21) 64


And that would be 5 wins in a row for those of you folks counting at home.

This was the game that Providence couldn't afford to lose after their 4 big wins over the last two weeks.  A loss to DePaul would've have made it a season sweep for the Blue Demons, a second loss to a 200+ RPI team, and a home loss to the bottom-dwelling squad of the Big East.

Even with the win, Providence's RPI actually dropped because DePaul is actually that bad of an opponent to be playing.

The game wasn't pretty, but it didn't need to be.  Providence took care of business and got the job done behind 14 points apiece from Emmitt Holt and Kyron Cartwright.

Quick Hits: 
  • Tuesday night was Senior Night for the Friars and the only Senior on this year's team is none other than Casey Woodring.
  • There were Casey Woodring shirst floating around both the student section and parts of the arena at The Dunk for Woodring who will actually be graduating with a Finance Degreeand MBA in just 4 years at PC.
  • Woodring, who is from Darien, CT (what up fellow Nutmegger!) is the 4th winningest player ever at Providence College and would be the first PC player ever to go to 4 NCAA tournaments.  
  • With the win against DePaul, Wooding now has 88 wins in his 4 years at PC.  The all-time wins leader for PC Men's Basketball is Mark McAndrew, with 96 wins during the 1973-1976 seasons.  In 2nd place on the wins list is Joe Hassett with 93 wins between 1974-1978.  With a little run in the BE tournament and a win or two in the NCAA Dance, Woodring has an outside change to catch him.
  • Woodring has 11 career points in his playing career.
  • As luck would have it, Mr. Woodring did get a chance to get in the game with a little over a minute left.  Just a thought, but PC should schedule DePaul as their last home game every year so that every Senior walk-on can get a chance at some points.  A look at Casey's highlights from the game.
  •  Athletic Director Bob Driscoll had a nice view of the lone Senior's final PT at The Dunk.
  • A nice little shoutout from former teammate (and current Dallas Maverick) Ben Bentil.

  • The Friars had a really balanced scoring attack which included 7 guys scoring and 6 of those 7 scoring between 8 and 14 points.
  • Rodney Bullock has a really solid all-around game, going 4-8 from the floor for 13 points, grabbing a team-high 8 rebounds, and chipped in 2 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal.
  • Let me know if you've heard this one before, but Emmitt Holt was hampered with foul trouble, eventually fouling out after playing 28 minutes.
  • While on the floor, Holt was arguably the best player in the game.  Holt had a game-high 14 points on an impressive 7-12 shooting.  
  • Kyron Cartwright was tied with Holt for the game-high in scoring with 14 points as well.  Cartwright added a team-high 6 assists (let's ignore the 5 turnovers for now) and was a perfect 5-5 from the line.  Let's get to the Kyron Carwright highlights.
  • Number 1 with the right hand.
  • Number 2 with the left hand.
  • Number 3, my personal favorite with the crow hop.

  • Jalen Lindsey didn't have the best game going 2-9 from the field...of course, those 2 made field goals were threes where he went 2-6 and multiple threes in 6 straight games and at least 1 three in 24 straight games.
  • Alpha Diallo spent a game in unfamiliar foul trouble but was still able to keep up his new found talent of rebounding the shit out of the ball, grabbing a team-high 8 rebounds on the night.  Diallo is averaging 8.3 rebounds over the last three games.
  • Isaiah Jackson continues to be a standout off the bench for the Friars, scoring 8 points in 22 minutes of playing time.  Over the last 4 games, Jackson is averaging 9.8 points in just under 20 minutes per game.
  • I still love Kalif Young's motor.  I just haven't said it in a while so there that is.
  • What happened to last year's Eli Cain?  Cain was 3-8 for 7 points with 1 assist and 2 turnovers.  His FG% is down 3.1%, his 3-PT% is down 7.6%, and his turnovers are up 0.4 per game over last year.  His PPG and APG are both up with more minutes but he just doesn't have the same feel of the emerging Freshman from last year.
  • Billy Garrett Jr. has been at DePaul for about 15 years.  He also had about 30 offensive fouls on the night.
  • How did these guys rehire Dave Leito...I still don't understand it.