Milwaukee, Wis. - The Providence men's basketball team picked up a key BIG EAST road win on Saturday afternoon as they defeated Marquette, 77-75, at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Sophomores Alpha Diallo (New York, N.Y.) led the Friars (15-8, 6-4) with 16 points while senior Kyron Cartwright (Compton, Calif.) poured in 15 points to go with eight rebounds.
Cartwright was responsible for the game-sealing play. With the Friars leading by two, 77-75, and six seconds to go it looked as though the Golden Eagles were going to have one last opportunity to win.
Marquette's Greg Elliot corralled a missed Friars' free throw and threw it up ahead. Cartwright, however, stole the ball from Golden Eagles' guard Markus Howard and held onto it as the clock ran out to seal the Friars' win.
Both teams found success at the foul line with the Friars shooting 26-of-38 from the stripe while Marquette went 21-of-25.
The game was tied at 43 early in the second half, but back-to-back buckets by Sam Hauser put the Golden Eagles up 47-43 at the under 16 media timeout.
The deficit remained four, but two free throws from freshman Nate Watson (Arlington, Va.), one more from Bullock, and then a strong drive by sophomore Isaiah Jackson (Gainesville) pushed the Friars in front 50-49 with 13:06 left.
Providence gained some separation over the following four minutes as a layup by Diallo and four points from Cartwright handed the Friars a 58-51 lead.
At the other end of the floor the Friars defense prevented the Golden Eagles from getting into any rhythm as they held Marquette without a field goal for over seven minutes.
Greg Elliot snapped the drought as his dunk off a feed from Hauser pulled the Golden Eagles within 63-57 with 6:52 left.
The Friars increased their lead up to as many as 11 with 4:53 left as Jackson made a strong left-handed drive for a layup before Cartwright hit a floater in the lane.
Marquette refused to go quietly. Two free throws by Elliot and a transition dunk by Theo John pulled the Golden Eagles within 68-61.
Jackson kept the Golden Eagles at a distance with a tip-in and a free throw, but four straight points from John trimmed the Friars' lead to 71-69 with 1:31 left.
Marquette jumped out to an early 10-3 lead as Hauser and Sacar Anim drilled consecutive three pointers.
Senior Jalen Lindsey (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) brought the Friars offense to life, first connecting on a baseline jumper before swishing a triple off a Bullock steal.
Moments later, Lindsey capped off the spurt collecting a defensive rebound, pushing it up ahead to Cartwright, before getting it back in transition for a deep three-pointer to pull the Friars within 19-17.
It was then Diallo's turn to engineer a Providence run as a layup and a steal-and-score capped off an 8-0 Friars run that put them up 28-22.
The Golden Eagles, however, grabbed the lead back before the end of the half as back-to-back jumpers by Hauser and a layup by Howard gave Marquette a 38-37 edge at the break.
Next up the Friars welcome Georgetown to the Dunkin' Donuts Center on Tuesday, February 6 with tipoff scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on FS1.
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