It wasn’t the way they expected to win, but the Providence College Friars inched past upstart Georgetown, bringing them one-step closer to earning their fifth consecutive NCAA tournament berth.
The win brings the friars to a 7-4 record in conference play, and a 16-8 total record. The Friars are currently sitting in third place in the Big East.
The game ended on a positive note, but with just over two minutes to go, things didn’t look promising.
Georgetown was up 5 with 2:30 left to play, and up 3 with two minutes left.
Isaiah Jackson drilled a three-pointer with 1:17 left to go, bringing the Friars within two points. After a Georgetown miss, Alhpa Diallo drew a foul, and sunk both free throws, completing a 5-0 run and knotting the score.
Georgetown could have taken the last shot. But they launched a shot from the baseline, and Kyron Cartrwight came down with the ball and was fouled on the rebound, That sent him to the free throw line, where he sunk both shots, giving the Friars a 2 point lead, with just four second remaining.
The Hoyas turned the ball over, and Jalen Lindsey hit two foul shots with less than a second left. It gave the Friars a 73-69 victory.
It was a dramatic end to a very difficult and hard fought game for the Friars. The Friars ended the game with a 9-0 run to earn the win.
It was a familiar story for the Georgetown Hoyas, who have given up late leads in several games this season–and two consecutively. Georgetown was plagued by turnovers–another familiar theme.
The Friars trailed throughout the first half.
Providence wasn’t playing the high pressure, stifling defense it plays when they’re winning. Particularly, the Friars struggled with their transition defense. It just seemed like the Friars were running a step slow for most of the first half.
Rodney Bullock, a cornerstone of the Friars offense, was held scoreless throughout the first half. He finished the game with just four points.
Yet despite those facts, the Friars staged a late 11-4 run to end the first half with just a 2-point deficit–trailing 42-40.
The great triumvirate of Cartwright, Alpha Diallo, and Bullock combined for just 9 points between them over the first half.
Jalen Lindsey led the Friars in scoring with 17.
Meanwhile, Georgetown Center Jessie Govan had a monster first half, putting up 19 points, and was the game’s leading scorer with 27 points.
Next up for the Providence College Friars is a date hosting Depaul on Saturday at 4 o’clock.