DePaul Blue Demons (9-20, 2-14) vs. Providence Friars (18-11, 8-8) – Tuesday, February 28th, 7:30 p.m. Central – Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island
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After losing 82-79 to Seton Hall on Saturday, the DePaul Blue Demons head out on the road for the last time in the regular season when they travel to Rhode Island to take on the red-hot Providence Friars on Tuesday.
Ed Cooley's Friars come into the contest winners of four straight—the longest active streak among Big East teams-—including a win over Marquette on Saturday. The Friars are now tied for fourth place in the Big East with an 8-8 record (18-11 overall)
In the win over Marquette, Providence came back from down 12 points in the last eight minutes to be the Golden Eagles, 73-69. Friars' leading scorer Rodney Bullock went off for 20 points and 10 rebounds.
For a team surging and tying to secure an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, Providence will certainly not take DePaul lightly, especially after the Friars lost to the Blue Demons back on January 10th in bitter fashion.
As you can see, Providence has a lot to play for.
As mentioned earlier, Bullock is the Friars' leading scorer, as he averaging a team-high 16.6 points as well as a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game. Bullock had two double-doubles last week and was recently named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll. He had 18 points in the first meeting.
Junior point guard Kyron Cartwright averages 11.3 points and a Big East-leading 6.8 assists per game, the latter stat which also ranks fourth nationally. Cartwright, who is the engine that makes the Friars run, had a chance to win the game in the first meeting, but his driving end-to-end layup attempt just rolled off the rim to ensure the win for DePaul.
Cooley's other two double-digit scorers are Emmitt Holt (12.2 points per game) and Jalen Lindsey (10 points per game).
In the first game, Providence had the game all but wrapped up, but the Demons came back from down 12 points and won the game on a Billy Garrett Jr. and-1 layup with 4.7 seconds left, with his ensuing free-throw securing the win.
Garrett is coming off one his better weeks as a senior, as he was recently named to the Big East Honor Roll, too. He averaged 20.5 points, 5.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week. Garrett hit two free throws with 0.2 seconds left to win at Georgetown 67-65. He also matched a career high with 26 points against Seton Hall.
If the Demons were to win, it would be their first sweep of a Big East team since DePaul swept Seton Hall in the 2014-15 season. DePaul has not won at Providence since 2013.
For DePaul, it would just like to gain some momentum in the last two regular season games and in the upcoming Big East Tournament. After winning at Georgetown last week, head coach Dave Leitao would like to see his team pick up another win to create some carryover confidence for the 2017-18 season.
However, when you couple Providence's thirst for an NCAA Tournament bid and with revenge on its minds, another road win for DePaul will take a herculean effort.
The Last Time
On January 10, 2017 at Allstate Arena, the Blue Demons trailed for about 39 of the game’s 40 minutes. DePaul came up big when it mattered most with a late charge to give them a 64-63 win over the Providence Friars.
Senior guard Billy Garrett, Jr. drove the lane with 4.7 seconds left to tie the game and drew a foul in the process. Garrett then sunk his free throw to give DePaul their first Big East win of the season.
Providence had one final chance to win the game, but Kyron Cartwright’s layup attempt at the buzzer was off the mark.
It was the first time the Blue Demons had led since the 13:32 mark of the first half. DePaul had trailed by as many as 12 points with 14:53 left to go in the game.
Yet DePaul was like a pesky fly that just won’t go away. They kept grinding and scrapping to put themselves in position to win the game.
DePaul held Providence without a field goal during the game’s final five minutes.
DePaul won despite getting just two points apiece from Garrett and sophomore guard Eli Cain in the first half.
Garrett finished with 14 points on three of nine shooting to lead the Demons. Cain and freshman guard Brandon Cyrus contributed with 10 points apiece.
Providence’s Rodney Bullock led all scorers with 18 points
NO NAME YR HT WT Position Hometown/High School/Last College
2 Bryan Donovan FR 6-0 180 Guard Gainesville, Florida/Bishop McGuinness '16
4 Maliek White FR 6-2 180 Guard Richmond, Va./George Wythe High School '16
5 Rodney Bullock JR 6-8 225 Forward Hampton, Va./Kecoughtan High School '13
11 Alpha Diallo FR 6-7 205 Guard New York, N.Y./Brewster Academy '16
12 Casey Woodring SR 6-2 190 Guard Darien, Conn./Cushing Academy '13
13 Kalif Young FR 6-9 250 Forward Vaughan, Ontario/Orangeville Prep '16
15 Emmitt Holt JR 6-7 230 Forward Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder High School '14/Indian Hills Community College '16
21 Jalen Lindsey JR 6-7 220 Guard Murfreesboro, Tenn./Huntington Prep '14
22 Ricky Council II SO 6-5 200 Guard Durham, N.C./Moravian Prep '15
24 Kyron Cartwright JR 5-11 185 Guard Compton, Calif./Compton High School '14
25 Drew Edwards SO 6-5 190 Guard Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall '15
34 Tom Planek JR 6-6 210 Forward Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick High School '14
35 Ryan Fazekas SO 6-8 215 Guard Chesterton, Ind./Marquette Catholic High School '15
44 Isaiah Jackson SO 6-6 225 Guard Gainesville, Fla./Villages Charter School '14/George Mason