Men's Basketball Game Notes Vs. URI

Nov. 30, 2017

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Friars vs. Rhode Island, The Series: The PC Friars and the URI Rams will be renewing their Ocean State rivalry for the 128th time on December 2, with PC holding a 73-54 edge in the series, including a 38-23 mark in Providence . Since the Ryan Center opened, PC has posted a 3-4 record at the arena, which includes wins in each of the last three games in Kingston. In the last 14 meetings between the two teams, Providence holds a 10-4 advantage with the Friars winning the last seven games. Last season, Providence earned a 63-60 win over the No. 21/25 Rams in Providence on December 3, 2016. The last time the two teams played in Kingston, the Friars earned a 74-72 win on December 5, 2015. In the most recent win by URI, the Rams took an 86-82 decision on December 5, 2009 in Kingston. The first two meetings between PC and URI were exhibition contests in Kingston in 1920 and 1921. The first regular season match-up was a 53-38 Friar win at the Rhode Island Auditorium. The series has been continuous since 1935, with the only interruption coming in 1943-44 when PC did not field a team due to World War II. URI is one of five schools the Friars have played over 100 times, with the others being Brown (123 games), Boston College (112 games), St. John's (110 games) and Seton Hall (101 games). 

Scouting The Rams: URI has posted a 4-2 mark this season. The Rams were picked to finish first in the Preseason Atlantic 10 Poll. URI has defeated UNC Asheville (84-60), Holy Cross (88-66), Seton Hall (75-74) and Brown (86-62). The Rams have lost at Nevada (88-81) and versus Virginia (70-55). The Rams are led by senior Jared Terrell, who is averaging a team best 19.0 points per game. Senior forward Andre Berry leads the team in rebounding (4.3 rpg) and ranks fourth in scoring (10.2 ppg).

On Deck: The Friars will return to action on Wednesday at 7 p.m. versus Brown at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The annual intra-city game will be televised on FSN and YurView in Rhode Island (Ch. 4 and 1004). It will be the 124th meeting all-time between the two teams. The Friars lead the all-time series, 95-28.

Friars Defeat Rider: Providence won their fifth straight game on Wednesday night as senior Rodney Bullock (Hampton, Va.) scored 23 points and hauled in six rebounds to lead the Friars past upset minded Rider, 88-84, at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Sophomore Alpha Diallo (New York, N.Y.) also impressed in the win securing a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Senior point guard Kyron Cartwright (Compton, Calif.) poured in 14 points to go with seven assists. Cartwright also secured the game winning rebound as the Broncs’ Stevie Jordan attempted a game tying three with less than 25 seconds to play but it hit the front rim and caromed into Cartwright’s hands. Rider red shirt freshman Jordan Allen led all scorers with 28 points, including 21 in the second half. The two sides each shot 46 percent from the field. The Friars held a 41-31 lead after the first 20 minutes, but Rider came out on fire to begin the second half to jump right back in the contest. An 8-2 run capped off by a Jordan three pointer cut Providence’s lead to 43-39. After a three pointer by senior Jalen Lindsay (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) pushed the Friars lead back up to eight, Broncs’ forward Frederick Scott came back with an and one as well as a second chance basket to pull Rider within 53-50. The Broncs took their first lead of the game since early in the first half on a three pointer by Jordan, but a Bullock and-one and a Makai Ashton-Langford (Worcester, Mass.) trey from the corner gave Providence the advantage back, 68-65 with 7:13 to play. Rider, who came into the game averaging 84.5 points per game, refused to go away. Allen finished a layup in transition to put the Broncs up 71-70. When they needed it most, however, Bullock and Diallo were there to save the Friars. Bullock drove base line for a basket plus a foul to put Providence back in front 73-71, and two free throws by Diallo increased the Friars edge to 76-71 with 3:25 left. Down 79-71, Broncs red-shirt freshman Dimencio Vaughn swished a three pointer from the left wing but Maliek White (Richmond, Va.) and Cartwright hit free throws in the games waning moments to seal Providence’s victory. Cartwright got the Friars jumpstarted offensively with a pair of three pointers to give Providence an early 9-4 lead. Leading 16-15 with a little over 10 minutes to go in the first half, the Friars went on a 19-6 run to gain some separation before the break. Cartwright connected on an and-one jumper from the right elbow, Ashton-Langford went coast-to-coast, and Bullock drilled a three pointer to highlight the spurt and give the Friars a 35-21 advantage. With less than 10 seconds to go in the opening stanza, Jordan hit a three from the top of the key to cut Providence’s lead to 41-31 at the half. Bullock led the Friars with 10 points, three rebounds, and two steals in the first half while Cartwright added nine points and dished out four assists.

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, One Assist Shy Of 500: Senior guard Kyron Cartwright (Compton, Calif.) has recorded 49 assists in seven games this season for the Friars. He has registered 499 assists in his career at Providence. The senior point guard is one assist 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 1,024 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.



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