Friars In 2K Classic: The Friars will return action when they play Belmont in their fourth and final game of the 2K Classic on Wednesday, November 22 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center at 7 p.m. on FS1. The Friars defeated Saint Louis, 90-63, November 17 to win the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Friars All-Time Versus Belmont: Wednesday's game will be the first meeting ever between Belmont and the Friars. The Bruins compete in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Friars have played one team all-time from the Ohio Valley Conference and have posted a 4-0 mark against Austin Peay.
Scouting The Bruins: Belmont enters the game with a 4-1 record. The Bruins, who have won four straight games, defeated Vanderbilt (69-60), Middle Tennessee State (69-63), Houston Baptist (93-88) and Seattle (90-77). The team's only defeat was a season-opening loss at Washington (86-82). Belmont was picked first of 12 teams in the preseason Ohio Valley poll. Senior forward Amanze Egekeze leads the team in scoring, averaging 19.8 points per game. Dylan Windler is second on the team in scoring (16.0) and first in rebounding (12.0) as he averages a double-double. Head Coach Rick Byrd is in his 32nd season at Belmont.
Friars In In-Season Tournaments: Wednesday's game will be the Friars' fourth of four games in the 2K Classic. Providence won its first three games of the 2K Classic with an 84-55 victory over Houston Baptist on November 10, a 77-70 win over Washington on November 16 at Madison Square Garden and a victory in the championship game over Saint Louis, 90-63, on November 17 at MSG. The Friars have posted a 95-62 (.605) mark all-time in season tournaments, including a 19-8 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 championship game.
Friars Capture 2K Classic Title With Win Over Saint Louis: The Friars returned to campus with a tournament title as they defeated Saint Louis, 90-63, on Friday night in the 2K Classic Championship game at Madison Square Garden. It marked 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.
Friars Establish A Team Record, Making 9 Of 10 Threes: The Friars set a team three-point field goal percentage record as they made nine of 10 three-point attempts (90 percent) in their 90-63 victory over Saint Louis in the 2K Classic Championship game on November 17. The previous record was 73.7 percent (14-19) versus Georgetown February 10, 2001.
Cartwright And Bullock Earn 2K Classic Tournament Honors: Seniors Kyron Cartwright (Compton, Calif.) and Rodney Bullock (Hampton, Va.) each earned tournament honors as they helped the Friars capture the 2K Classic with a victory over Saint Louis on November 17. Cartwright was named MVP of the 2K Classic after averaging 9.5 ppg and 6.5 assists in wins over Washington and Saint Louis. Bullock was named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 16.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in the two wins.
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 74 assists on 112 field goals. The Friars are assisting on 66.1 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 66.1 percent it would be the second highest assist ratio ever at Providence.
Friars Lead The BIG EAST In Three Point Shooting: As a team, the Friars have connected on 31 of 57 attempts for a 54.4 percent mark from behind the three-point arc. The Friars lead the BIG EAST in three-point shooting. The team has six players shooting over 50 percent from behind the arc, including senior Rodeny Bullock (Hampton, Va.) who leads the team at 63.6 percent (7-11).
Friars Reach Championship Game For Fifth Consecutive Year: On November 17, the Friars defeated Saint Louis, 90-63, in the 2K Classic Championship game. It marked the fifth consecutive season that the Friars reached the championship game of their in-season tournament. 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. In 2006, the Friars were defeated by No. 7/6 Virginia, 63-52, the championship game in the Emerald Coast Classic at Destin, Fla.
Holt Out With Injury: Senior forward Emmitt Holt (Webster, N.Y.) has an issue with his abdomen and is out indefinitely.
Cartwright Assists Friars, 18 Shy Of 500: Senior guard Kyron Cartwright (Compton, Calif.) has recorded 32 assists in four games this season for the Friars. He has registered 482 assists in his career at Providence. The senior point guard is 18 assists shy of reaching 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.
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