There is something unusual yet extremely satisfying about blowing out the Georgetown Hoyas on their home court. For the better part of the last two decades, the Friars struggled mightily against Georgetown, who for what seems like an eternity, dominated the Big East Conference. Under Coach Cooley’s tutelage the momentum in this classic rivalry has favored Providence. For the third-consecutive season, the Friars completed a home-and-home sweep of the Hoyas, crippling their mid-season push towards post-season action. Georgetown welcomed the Friars to the Verizon Center, coming off of back-to-back wins over St. Johns and UConn respectively.
PC’s triumph in the nation’s capital, marked their first true road win of the season; hopefully setting the precedent for what is expected out of this team throughout the latter portion of conference play. Fueled by Kyron Cartwright’s most prolific performance of the season and a healthy dose of Rodney Bullock’s versatility, PC’s 74-56 win was undoubtedly the Friar’s most impressive victory thus far.
Four of PC’s five starters finished the game scoring in double-figures, which is a rarity for this young squad. Highlighted by a near triple-double for Kyron Cartwright (16 points, 11 assists, 9 rebounds) the Friars shot 47% from the floor and 43% from beyond the arch. Although these figures aren’t unworldly, PC averages just 44% shooting from the floor and 36% from beyond the arch on the season. When firing on all cylinders, the Friars have demonstrated that they, along with the likes of Villanova, Creighton, Xavier and Butler, boast a dynamic offense.
Kyron Cartwright has been nothing short of spectacular all season long, but his near triple-double last night fortified his name amongst the best in the conference. Well beyond the tendinitis issue that hampered his production against Creighton and DePaul last week, Cartwright’s signature speedy play is back in full force. A thorn in Georgetown’s side the entire game, Kyron’s dynamism was something to behold. Pulling up for jumpers, distributing the ball, driving the lane and even taking charges, Cartwright dictated the pace of play on both ends of the floor. He even got into the head of Bradley Hayes, Georgetown’s 7’0 foot center. The two got tangled up, exchanged formidable glances and words. On the following possession, Cartwright burned Hayes on a take to the basket and nearly converted an and-one layup.
Rodney Bullock notched 22 points while shooting a crisp 50% from the field. Bullock came out of the gates cold in the first half. Forcing contested shots, Bullock air-mailed a deep three-ball and was briefly taken out of the game to mentally readjust. Upon re-entering, Rodney quickly drew a foul and got to the line for a pair of free throws, before slamming home the game’s most boisterous dunk on the following possession. From that point forward, Bullock was locked in.
Jalen Lindsey contributed 14 points on four three-pointers. Jalen is shooting an astounding 47% from beyond the arch on the season. A huge step forward in terms of offensive production from last season. Emmitt Holt scored 11 points in just 15 minutes of action before fouling out for the second time in the last three games.
Now, well into conference play, it seems that Coach Cooley has figured out the team’s rotation. PC’s key contributions off the bench came from freshman point guard, Maliek White (5 points, 2 assists, 1 steal) and his classmate Kalif Young (2 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists), the Friars’ 6-9 center. Both youngsters each notched 24 quality minutes off the bench while sophomore combo-forward, Ryan Fazekas, logged just six minutes and sophomore transfer, Isaiah Jackson, entered the game for just four minutes of play. Fazekas was able to bury a deep three in his limited action; his first score since January 1st against Butler.
The Friars stifled the Hoyas’ offensive attack, holding them to just 33% from the floor. Georgetown couldn’t seem to solve PC’s 2-3 zone. They shot 5-23 from beyond the arc and seldom worked the ball into the paint, where they did find limited success. Bradley Hayes, the Hoyas 7-footer, shot a modest 3-4 from the floor, totaling 6 points and 5 rebounds in just 13 minutes of action. When the Hoyas did get him the ball, his sheer size was too much for Emmitt Holt to handle in the paint. Kalif Young defended well and was able to pull down 7 defensive rebounds to limit Hayes’ damage.
Georgetown’s offensive scoring trifecta; Rodney Pryor, LJ Peak and Marcus Derrickson combined to shoot just 11-31 (35%) from the field. In their first run-in with the Friars back on January 4th, Pryor, Peak and Derrickson were responsible for 48 of Georgetown’s 70 points, with Derrickson scoring a game high 26 points.
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The Friars head to Philadelphia to take on the defending national champions and currently #1 ranked Villanova Wildcats at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, January 21st at 12:00 PM. The game will be televised on FOX.null