Men's Basketball Takes On Saint Louis In 2K Classic Championship Game

Nov. 17, 2017

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Friars In 2K Classic: The Friars will return action in New York City when they play Saint Louis on Friday, November 17 at 7:30 pm on ESPN 2 in the Championship game of the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden. In the Friars' fourth game of the 2K Classic, the team will play Belmont on Wednesday, November 22 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center at 7 p.m. on FS1.

Friars All-Time Versus St. Louis: Friday's game will be the seventh meeting all-time between the Friars and the Billikens. The Friars have posted a 5-1 mark against Saint Louis. In the first meeting between the two teams, the Friars earned a 75-72 double-overtime win on March 17, 1959 in the NIT at Madison Square Garden. In the most recent game, the Friars won, 72-66, on December 12, 1966. The Billikens lone win was a 65-61 victory on December 16, 1959 in St. Louis.

Scouting The Billikens: Saint Louis enters the game with a 3-0 record. The Bil- likens defeated Seattle (62-46) and Rockhurst (74-50) to open the season. On Thursday, Saint Louis defeated Virginia Tech (77-71) to advance to today's Cham- pionship game. Saint Louis was picked seventh of 14 teams in the Preseason At- lantic 10 Poll. Junior Javon Bess leads the team in scoring, averaging 16.3 points per game. He is second on the team in rebounding. Freshman guard Jordan Goodwin is second on the team in scoring (11.0) and first in rebounding (8.7).

Friars Reach Championship Game For Fifth Consecutive Year: By defeating Washington, 77-70, on Thursday, the Friars have now reached the championship game of their in-season tournament for five consecutive years. In 2013, the Friars were defeated by Maryland (56-52) in the championship game of the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, USVI. In 2014, the Friars defeated Notre Dame (75-74) to capture the Hall of Fame Tipoff in Uncasville, Conn. In 2015, the Friars were defeated by Michigan State (77-64) in the championship game of the Wooden Legacy in Anaheim, Calif. Last season, the Friars were defeated by No. 7/6 Virginia, 63-52, the championship game in the Emerald Coast Classic at Des- tin, Fla.

Friars In In-Season Tournaments: Friday's game will be the Friars' third of four games in the 2K
Classic. Providence won its first two games of the 2K Classic with an 84-55 victory over Houston
Baptist on November 10 and a 77-70 win over Washington on November 16 at Madison Square
Garden. The Friars have posted a 94-62 (.603) mark all-time in season tournaments, including an 18-8 mark under Ed Cooley. Last season, the Friars posted a 3-1 record in the Emerald Coast Classic in Destin, Fla. The team lost to Virginia (63-52) in the champion- ship game.

Friars All-Time At Madison Square Garden: The Friars have posted a 61-59 mark all-time at Madison Square Garden. The Friars have won two NIT Titles (1961 and 1963) and two BIG EAST titles (1994 and 2014) at the world's most famous arena. The last time the Friars were playing in a title game at MSG, the team defeated Creighton, 65-58, to win the BIG EAST Championship on March 15, 2014.

Friars Sharing The Basketball: The Friars registered 21 assists on 25 made baskets in the team's 77-70 win over Washington on November 16. For the season, the Friars have recorded 53 assists on 81 field goals. The Friars are assisting on 65.4 percent of their field goals this season. The highest percentage the Friars have ever recorded for a season since assists were kept as a stat starting in 1963-64 was in 1977-78 season when the team had 589 assists on 875 field goals -- 67.3 percent. If the Friars finished this season at 65.4 percent it would be the second highest assist ratio ever at Providence.

Friars Defeat Washington In 2K Classic: The Friars began their trip to the Big Apple with a 77-70 win over Washington in the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden. Senior Rodney Bullock (Hampton, Va.) led the Friars with 17 points and nine rebounds. Sopho- more guard Drew Edwards (Perry Hill, Md.) came off the bench to finish with 11 points and four rebounds off the bench for the Friars. Providence (2-1) held a 12-point lead with 6:56 remaining but a 12-2 Washington run capped off by a Matisse Thybulle three-pointer trimmed the Friars lead to just 69-68 with two minutes to play. Friars’ freshman center Nate Watson (Arlington, Va.) answered with a lay up and Providence connected on their final six free throws to seal the win. The Friars got off to a fast start on both ends of the floor and a three pointer from senior point guard Kyron Cartwright (Compton, Calif.) put Providence up 11-5 early. Washington claimed their first lead of the game with just over five minutes remaining in the first half as a drive and finish by Aziz N’Diaye gave the Huskies a 24-23 lead. Providence immediately responded. The Friars answered the Huskies' brief spurt by going on a 13-0 run highlighted by consecutive three pointers from Bullock and Cartwright to take a 36-24 advantage with less than three minutes to play in the opening half. Defensively in the first half the Friars’ wreaked havoc forcing 15 Washington turnovers and compiling six steals that led to 19 points. Providence went into the half with a 37-30 lead. The Huskies quickly got themselves back in the game to begin the second half as a 13-6 run evened the game up at 43. As the contest wore on Providence got more comfortable going up Washington’s stout matchup zone defense. Bullock and Maliek White (Richmond, Va.) drained consecutive treys before Edwards finished an and-one layup to put Providence back in front 54-47 with 12:23 to play. Later in the half, sophomore Alpha Diallo (New York, N.Y.) received the ball at the foul line in the middle of the Huskies' zone and quickly fired a pinpoint pass to Edwards for three- pointer from the right wing. On the next Providence possession, Diallo once again helped the Friars create as he drove along the base line and dumped the ball off to sophomore Kalif Young (Vaughan, Ontario) for a layup to give Providence their largest lead of the game, 65-54, with 8:14 to play.

Holt Out With Injury: Senior forward Emmitt Holt (Webster, N.Y.) has an issue with his abdomen and is out indefinitely.

Cartwright Assists Friars, 26 Shy Of 500: Senior guard Kyron Cartwright (Compton, Calif.) has recorded 24 assists in three games this season for the Friars. He has registered 474 assists in his career at Providence. The senior point guard is 26 assists shy of reach- ing 500 for his career. Only six other players in the 91-year history of Friar basketball have recorded 500 or more assists. Vincent Council '13 holds the all-time Friar record with 725 assists.

Bullock Closing In On 1000 Career Points: Senior forward Rodney Bullock (Hampton, Va.) scored a team-high 17 points in the Friars' win over Washington on Thursday. He has recorded 951 career points in his three seasons of action. He ranks 54th all-time in scoring at Providence. He is looking to become the 48th Friar all-time to score 1,000 or more career points.



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