Game Notes vs. Rider
Friars vs. Rider: Providence has posted a 3-1 mark all-time versus Rider. The first meeting versus Rider came on Feb. 15, 1945 at the Boston Garden when the Friars were defeated, 60-50. The last time the two teams met, the Friars earned a 73-65 win at the Dunkin' Donuts Center on December 19, 2015.
Scouting The Broncs: Rider enters the game with a 5-1 mark. The Broncs were picked to finish seventh of 11 teams in the Preseason MAAC Poll. Rider has posted wins over Hartford (89-53), at George Washington (67-65), UC Irvine (90-82) and Hampton twice (90-75 and 94-80). Rider's only loss was a 101-75 defeat at Xavier. The Broncs are led by redshirt freshman guard Jordan Allen. Allen is averaging 17.8 ppg. Redshirt freshman Frederick Scott leads the team in rebounding (8.3 rpg). He also is averaging 14.0 ppg.
On Deck: The Friars will return to action on Saturday at 5 p.m. at URI versus the Rams. The annual intra-state rivalry will be televised on CBS Sports Network. It will be the 128th meeting all-time between the two teams. The Friars lead the all-time series, 73-54.
Bench Scoring Boosting Friars: The Friars have been getting strong production off the bench this season. Through six games, the Friars' bench is outscoring their opponents' bench, 178-71. Bench scoring has accounted for 37.3 percent of the Friars' 477 points this season. PC opponents have produced 17.5 percent of their offense off the bench.
Friars Win Fourth Straight With Victory Over Boston College: The Providence Friars won their fourth consecutive game on Saturday night as senior Rodney Bullock (Richmond, Va.) finished with 20 points and six rebounds to lead Providence to an 86-66 win over Boston College at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Bullock became the 48th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau with a pull up in the lane with 5:44 to play. He now has 1,001 points in 74 games. Friar senior point guard Kyron Cartwright (Compton, Calif.) finished with 14 points and nine assists while sophomore Alpha Diallo (New York, N.Y.) poured in 15 points. As a team Providence (5-1) was nearly unstoppable from the field finishing the night shooting 59 percent from the field. The Friars finished 10-of-18 from three point land. Boston College graduate transfer Deontae Hawkins stifled Providence throughout the first 10 minutes. Hawkins tallied 15 points and 5 rebounds including a three pointer from the top of the key to give the Eagles a 23-20 lead. If the opening 10 minutes belonged to Hawkins, the latter portion of the first half belonged to Cartwright. Cartwright was the catalyst of a 24-12 run by the Friars to close the half. The senior from Compton got it started by hitting a step back jumper before splashing a deep three pointer to hand Providence a 33-26 lead with 5:15 left. Also known for his prowess as a facilitator, Cartwright answered a three pointer from the Eagles’ Ky Bowman with a pretty dump off to Friars’ forward Kalif Young (Vaughan, Ontario) for an and-one basket to put Providence back up seven. Senior Jalen Lindsey (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) capped off the Friars late first half spurt with his third of three first half treys to send Providence into the break with a 44-35 lead. Cartwright compiled 10 points and six assists over the first 20 minutes while Bullock added 10 points and three rebounds. The second half belonged to the Friars. Providence shot a blistering 65 percent from the field over the latter 20 minutes to establish an insurmountable lead. Diallo got the half started for Providence cutting backdoor and finishing off a pretty feed from Cartwright to push the Friars lead up to 50-37. Moments later Lindsey knocked down his fourth three pointer of the contest courtesy of another beautiful find from Cartwright, this one cross court, to extend the Friars advantage up to 17. Lindsey finished the game 4-4 from three-point territory. Bowman scored eight straight points to keep the Eagles within striking distance, but freshman Nate Watson (Arlington, Va.) answered back with a turn around and one jumper, and a monster put back dunk to increase Providence’s advantage back up to 63-47 with 12:23 to play. Diallo officially put the game out of reach with just under six minutes to go as he hit an elbow jumper before gashing the Eagles’ defense and finishing with a two handed slam to give the Friars’ an 80-58 edge.
Friars 2-1 Versus Power 5 Conferences This Season: With the Friars' 86-66 victory over ACC foe Boston College, Providence improved its record on the season to 2-1 versus Power 5 Conferences. The Friars' other victory over a Power 5 team was a 77-70 victory over Pac 12 Washington on November 16 at Madison Square Garden in the 2K Classic. The Friars' lone defeat versus a Power 5 team was an 86-74 loss to No. 14/15 Minnesota on November 13 in the Gavitt Games at Providence.
Cartwright Assists Friars, Eight Assists Shy Of 500: Senior guard Kyron Cartwright (Compton, Calif.) has recorded 42 assists in six games this season for the Friars. He has registered 492 assists in his career at Providence. The senior point guard is eight 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.
Bullock Reaches 1000 Career Points: Senior forward Rodney Bullock (Hampton, Va.) scored 20 points in the Friars' win over Boston College on November 25. With his 20-point effort versus the Eagles, he became the 48th Friar all-time to score 1,000 or more career points. He has recorded 1,001 career points in his three seasons of action. He ranks 47th all-time in scoring at Providence. He accomplished the feat in 47 career games. He is tied with LaDontae Henton '15 for 19th place all-time at PC on the fastest to 1,000 points list.
Friars Lead The BIG EAST In Three Point Shooting: As a team, the Friars have connected on 47 of 96 attempts for a 49.0 percent mark from behind the three-point arc. The Friars lead the BIG EAST in three-point shooting. The team has five players shooting over 50 percent from behind the arc.
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 94 assists on 169 field goals. The Friars are assisting on 55.6 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.
Friars Capture 2K Classic: Providence won all four of its games of the 2K Classic. Providence captured the 2K 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. In its fourth game of the Classic, Providence defeated Belmont, 66-65, on November 22 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The Friars have posted a 96-62 (.608) mark all-time in season tournaments, including a 120-8 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 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.
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