Friars Fall Short at Mohegan Sun Despite Bullock’s Big Night

Dec. 20, 2017

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. – The Providence men’s basketball team fell to Houston on Wednesday night, 70-59, despite a valiant effort from senior forward Rodney Bullock in the Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase at Mohegan Sun.

Bullock (Hampton, Va.) finished the game with 24 points, eight rebounds, and two assists.

Junior Isaiah Jackson (Gainesville, Fla.) also posted double digits in scoring for the Friars pouring in 10 points to go with five rebounds.

For  most of the contest the Friars had little answer for the Houston offense that finished the game shooting 42 percent from the floor. Providence, meanwhile, shot 37 percent hitting 19-of-52 shot attempts.

The contest saw the return of sophomore Alpha Diallo (New York, N.Y.) who came off the bench for Providence and had four rebounds.

Houston led by as many as 21 in the second half, but Bullock pulled the Friars back within striking distance.

The senior forward hit a three pointer and finished a put back to pull Providence within 13, 56-43, with 9:53 left.

Friars’ head coach Ed Cooley turned to the full court press hoping to speed the game up and get what was a red hot Houston offense out of its comfort zone.

A string of defensive stops by the Friars, complemented by buckets from sophomore Kalif Young (Vaughan, Ontario) Bullock and Jackson cut the Houston lead to 62-54 with over four minutes to play.

Providence could not draw any closer as the Cougars’ Rob Gray Jr. converted a pair of free throws and the Friars came up empty on three straight trips down the floor to quell any hopes of a comeback.

Bullock was the mainstay of the Friars’ offense in the first half as he scored 11 points over the first 20 minutes.

Outside of Bullock, however, the Friars struggled to gain any traction offensively in the opening stanza.

Providence shot just 32 percent in the first half, while Houston went on a 13-2 run late in stanza to take a 31-23 lead into the intermission.

Up next the Friars host Sacred Heart on December 22 at the Dunkin Donuts Center with tipoff scheduled for 630pm on FS1.




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