Box Score vs. Saint Louis
New York, N.Y. - The Providence College men's basketball team is returning to campus with an in-season tournament title as they defeated Saint Louis, 90-63, on Friday night in the 2K Classic Championship game at Madison Square Garden. It marks the fifth-straight year the Friars advanced to the Championship game of their in-season tournament and their first title since capturing the Hall of Fame Tip-Off in Uncasville, Conn. in 2014.
Senior Rodney Bullock (Hampton, Va.) led the Friars with 15 points while sophomores Alpha Diallo (New York, N.Y) and Maliek White (Richmond, Va.) and freshman Makai Ashton-Langford (Worcester, Mass.) each finished with 11 points. For his efforts, Bullock was named to the All-Tournament team.
Senior point guard Kyron Cartwright (Compton, Calif.) received the 2K Classic's MVP award. Cartwright averaged 9.5 points, 6.5 assists, and shot 50 percent from the field, including 3-6 from three-point territory, over the Friars' two games.
The Friars' offense clicked on all cylinders throughout the night as they shot 63 percent from the field, including 90 percent (9-10) from three-point range. The Friars' 90 percent from three-point territory established the team's record breaking the mark set by the Friars when they went 14-of-19 (73.7%) versus Georgetown on Feb. 10, 2001.
White, Ashton-Langford, Jalen Lindsey (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), and freshman Dajour Dickens (Hampton, Va.) combined to shoot 13-for-13 from the field.
In an all around team effort, all 13 players that checked in for the Friars scored and 21 of the Friars' 31 baskets came via an assist.
During one stretch Providence connected on 18-of-23 field goals.
Defensively the Friars were nearly as effective holding the Billikens to just 35 percent from the field and 27 percent from behind the three-point line.
Providence trailed 12-11 with 12 minutes remaining in the first half, but from that point forward the Friars had complete control over the game.
The Friars' ended the half on a 30-9 run highlighted by nine points off the bench from Ashton-Langford to take a 41-21 lead at halftime.
Diallo helped Providence pick up right where they left off to begin the second half. Diallo knocked down consecutive field goals to hand the Friars a 24-point lead.
Moments later, a White three pointer off a feed from Isaiah Jackson (Gainesville, Fla.) gave the Friars a 55-27 lead.
Cartwright put the exclamation point on the Friars' win, drilling a step back jumper along the baseline before splashing a three pointer from the right wing to give Providence a 75-46 advantage with less than five minutes to play.
Up next, Providence returns home for the final 2K Classic game to take on Belmont on Wednesday, November 21st. Tip off from the Dunkin' Donuts Center is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
- GO FRIARS -
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