CHICAGO, ILL. – The Providence men’s basketball team (12-6, 3-2) picked up a key 71-64 BIG EAST road win over DePaul on Friday night led by 18 points from Jalen Lindsey and 16 by Alpha Diallo (14 points and five rebounds in the second halft) at Wintrust Arena.
The Friars were fueled by a 22-0 run midway through the second half that turned a 12-point deficit into a 10-point lead.
Joining Lindsey (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Diallo on the attack was junior Isaiah Jackson (Gainesville, Fla.) who scored 15 points.
The Friars held DePaul to just 5-of-21 (23.8-percent) from behind the arc.
Providence began the second half trailing 35-34, but the Blue Demons started the final 20 minutes with 11 straight points.
Tre’Darius McCallum threw down a dunk and before Marin Maric scored five straight to put DePaul up 12 points.
The Friars took off from that point forward.
An Alpha Diallo put back pulled the Friars within 46-40 with 14:10 left.
Moments later, senior Kyron Cartwright (Compton, Calif.) hit a floater on the baseline that got Providence within just four.
Lindsey then put the Friars ahead, swishing a transition three from the corner off a feed from Cartwright to give Providence a 47-46 advantage.
The Friars were far from finished.
Jackson then showed off his talents as he finished a finger role in the paint before Lindsey connected again, this time on a mid range jumper, to give the Friars a 51-46 lead at the under 12 media timeout.
On the other side of the break the Friars continued their offensive downpour.
Lindsey buried another trey and Bullock finished through traffic to cap off the 22-0 spurt and the give the Friars a 10-point advantage, 56-46.
The Blue Demons did not go quietly.
A McCallum layup pulled DePaul within 60-53 with 5:45 left, but Diallo answered right back with a pull up to push the Friars advantage back up to nine.
Trailing by 13 with just over three minutes to play DePaul made one last run.
Two three pointers by Eli Cain got the Blue Demons within six, and a Max Strus three cut the Friars lead to just 67-64 with 1:31 left.
DePaul got one chance to even the score with less than 20 seconds, but Strus’ three pointer was short and at the other end Bullock slammed it home to seal the Friars win.
Providence got off to a fast start from the field as two threes from Lindsey and one from Cartwright put the Friats up 13-8.
It was then Jackson’s turn to keep the Friars afloat as his triple and jumper around two threes from Strus kept Providence up five, 22-17.
The Friars first half lead ballooned up to 11, 29-18, on a basket by Cartwright but DePaul closed the half strong.
Jaylen Butz scored six straight and McCallum hid a mid range jumper with less than a minute left to send DePaul into the half up 35-34.
Next up the Friars host Butler on January 15 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center with tipoff scheduled for 4:30 pm on FS1.
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