Providence College Defeats Creighton in Overtime to Advance to BIG EAST Semifinals

March 8, 2018

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Providence College men's basketball team defeated Creighton, 72-68, in overtime in the BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinal on Thursday, March 8 at Madison Square Garden.

With the win, Providence (20-12) advances to the BIG EAST Tournament Semifinal for the fourth time in the last five years. The Friars have also recorded 20-plus wins in each of the last five seasons. The last time Providence registered five consecutive 20-win seasons was 1973-74 to 1977-78. It also marked the Friars' first OT win at the BIG EAST Tourney since a 71-69 win over Syracuse in 1995. The Friars improved to 3-1 all-time in overtime games at the BIG EAST Tourney.

Sophomore Alpha Diallo (New York, N.Y.) scored 19 points to go with nine rebounds, while senior Rodney Bullock (Hampton, Va.) poured in 13 points and hauled in eight rebounds.

Senior Jalen Lindsey (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) tallied his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. It also marked the second double-double of Lindsey's career.

Senior Kyron Cartwright (Comtpon, Calif.) poured in 13 points and added two assists and two steals.

The game was tied, 59-59, at the start of overtime. The Friars struck first as Diallo used a drop step to gain separation under the basket for a layup to give the Friars a 61-59 lead.

Two free throws from Diallo put Providence up three, but Creighton's Marcus Foster drove the baseline for a dunk to trim the Friars' lead to 63-62 with 2:40 left.

The Friars were up two, 68-66, with under 20 seconds left, but Cartwright came through hitting a fall away in the lane to put Providence up four (70-66) with 12 seconds to play.

Moments later, Diallo hit one-of-two attempts at the free throw line to keep the Friars up three (71-68) and the Bluejays attempted game tying three-pointer came up short sealing Providence's win.

During regulation, the Friars and Bluejays were tied, 52-52, with 5:16 left, but a Diallo layup pushed the Friars in front, 55-54, at the under four media timeout.

One free throw from junior Isaiah Jackson (Gainesville, Fla.) increased the Friars lead up two, but Foster hit two free throws of his own to tie the game, 56-56, with 2:02 to go.

Foster then gave Creighton the lead, spinning in the lane and finishing to put Creighton up 58-56.

The two sides traded one-of-two trips to the free throw line, leaving Providence with possession and trailing 59-57 with just over 20 seconds left.

Diallo came through in the clutch, corralling his own miss and tipping it in to tie the score, 59-59, and send the game into overtime.

Creighton found success in transition in the early going as a three-pointer from Foster and a driving layup for Khyri Thomas gave the Bluejays an 8-4 lead three minutes in.

The Friars answered with a 9-2 run capped off by a Cartwright three-pointer off a high-ball screen to take a 13-10 lead.

Defensively, meanwhile, the Friars stiffened up holding Creighton to just 2-of-14 over a four-minute span to take a 15-12 lead into the under 12 media timeout.

Providence stretched its lead up to six on a Lindsey three-pointer, but the Bluejays came back with five straight to pull within 18-17 with 7:02 left in the half.

Freshman Kalif Young (Vaughan, Ontario) came off the bench and provided instant production finishing at the rim before Diallo drove to the basket for two to put Providence up five.

The Bluejays surged over the final four minutes to go into the locker room in front.

Jacob Epperson drilled a transition three pointer, threw down a two handed dunk, and came through with a block as part of an 11-2 Creighton run that put them up 30-26 at the half.

Lindsey led the Friars with six points and six rebounds in the first half.

Next up the Friars take on top-seeded Xavier in the BIG EAST Tournament Semifinal on Friday with tip-off from Madison Square Garden scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on FS1.




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