March 10, 2017
NEW YORK - The Providence College men's basketball team was defeated by Creighton University, 70-58, in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals on Thursday, March 9 at the Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y. Kyron Cartwright (Compton, N.Y.) led three Friars in double figures with 15 points, and also added a team-high seven rebounds and four assists.
The Bluejays opened the game with back-to-back layups and held the Friars scoreless until 18:05, when Cartwright netted a pair of free throws (4-2). Alpha Diallo (New York, N.Y.) cut Creighton's lead to one point at 16:52 (5-6) with an impressive dunk. Creighton's Cole Huff responded with a bucket off the fast break to give the Bluejays an 8-5 advantage. Emmitt Holt (Webster, N.Y.) knotted the score, 8-8, with 15:55 remaining in the first half, and the Friars took their first lead as Jalen Lindsey (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) drilled a three with 14:50 on the clock (11-8).
The Bluejays reclaimed the lead when Marcus Foster netted a shot from beyond the arc, 15-13, with 9:13 remaining in the first half. However, Diallo responded with a three-pointer to give the Friars a 16-15 lead at the 8:53 mark. Providence maintained the lead the rest of the way and took a 30-27 advantage into the locker room at the break.
Diallo led the Friars with eight points after the opening 20 minutes of play. Foster led Creighton with nine points.
Creighton opened the second half on a 10-0 run and raced out to a 37-30 lead with 16:17 on the clock. Cartwright put the Friars on the board at 15:34, cutting the Bluejay's lead to five points, 37-32.
Creighton responded with a 7-2 scoring advantage to take a 10-point lead (44-34) with 11:41 remaining in the game. Providence managed to cut Creighton's lead to four (44-40) with a quick 6-0 spurt, but the Blujays held off the threat with another 7-2 run to extend its lead to nine (51-42).
The Friars could only get within six points down the stretch, and trailed by as many as 14 (70-56) with just under a minute to play.
Holt finished the game with 14 points and four rebounds, while Diallo added 10 points and six rebounds.
Turnovers played a significant role in the game, as Providence was outscored, 26-8, in points off of turnovers. The Friars committed 22 turnovers on the night, while Creighton recorded 14 miscues.
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