Providence remained undefeated at home this season with their 95-57 win over the Brown Bears on Tuesday night. The Friars used a 20-0 run over a five-minute span of the first half to get out to an early lead. Ed Cooley’s team never looked back.
To no surprise, Providence’s height was a huge difference maker. Brown lacks size and the Friars took advantage, out-rebounding the Bears 37-27. The paint was fair game all night for Providence as they controlled the offensive category 42-26. Emmitt Holt thrived against the small Ivy-League lineup, going for 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists to lead the way for the Friars. Jalen Lindsey continued his strong play with 16 points (4-5 from three). Any doubts Providence fans had about Lindsey are certainly now a thing of the past. The junior forward has stepped up mightily so far this season. Rodney Bullock joined Lindsey and Holt in double figures finishing with 16 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.
Strong defense has been the Friars’ identity so far this season, and that remained unchanged on Tuesday night. Brown struggled to get inside against Providence’s relentless defensive energy and finished the night shooting 37% from the field. Surely scoring wasn’t an issue tonight for PC, but the Friars will need to keep leading with defense as their season continues.
Kalif Young saw valuable minutes tonight for Providence posting nine points along with six rebounds. Young had struggled in the past few games for Ed Cooley. Hopefully this strong performance will be a confidence booster for the freshman big man.
Friar fans will be happy with tonight’s triumph, but a sloppy second half will most likely leave Ed Cooley a little sour after the win. Settling for unnecessary threes and inconsistent defensive lapses became a subtle second half theme. With a large lead, the Friars were mixing and matching lineups while getting the reserves their minutes, but I’m sure Cooley would have liked a wire to wire effort. Nonetheless, a great all around win for the Friars.
Without a doubt however, the highlight of the night was senior guard Casey Woodring drilling a three with 2:31 left in the game. The once-quiet Friar crowd erupted as Woodring registered his first points of the young season. His hair may need some work, but his perimeter shooting certainly doesn’t.
The Friars continue their homestand this Saturday against UMass looking to extend their three game win streak.