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Friars Get the W: Providence Comes Into Milwaukee and Walks Away With Their First Victory in the Bradley Center

Providence holds on at the end to win in Milwaukee 79-78

NCAA Basketball: Providence at Marquette Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Providence College had never won in Milwaukee. They’d lost big, and they’d lost in heartbreaking fashion.

This time, they were coming into an electric atmosphere, on the back of Marquette’s upset of Villanova. Marquette, as Ed Cooley said afterwards, “are playing as good as anyone in America”.

And they toughed out a gritty, hard-fought win. They had an incredible first half, holding a vaunted Marquette offense to just 32 points while scoring 40 of their own, including going 6-8 from beyond the arc. Emmitt Holt and Jalen Lindsey both registered 11 points in the period.

The second half provided a bit more theatrics. Marquette kept pushing up on the Friars lead, even pulling ahead by one at one point. But Kyron Cartwright, who had been quiet in the first half, decided that he wasn’t content with letting this game get away from the Friars. He went 7 of 10 from the floor and had 18 points in the second half ALONE after being scoreless in the first, including effectively using the screen and roll to create his own shot while also adding 6 assists. The Friars maintained about a five point cushion throughout most of the second half, always having an answer for Marquette’s attempts to pull the game back to even. Luke Fischer, while putting up a double-double, fouled out, and it seemed like Providence had the game well in hand by going up by seven with little over a minute left.

And then the last 47 seconds happened. Cartwright went 1 of 2 from the line and Rowsey, who was Marquette’s hot hand for the game, hit the most ridiculous shot I have ever seen. Rowsey, a right-handed sharpshooter who is known for his pump fakes, pulled one off to perfection from beyond the 3 point line, got bodied, switched hands to his left hand, and heaved a shot toward the hoop.

And swished it.

Sportscenter Top 10, this is Andrew Rowsey. He’s absurdly good at this type of thing.

After his free-throw, Marquette was only down two. They immediately fouled Alpha Diallo, who went one for two from the line, and then had Haanif Cheatham get a tough layup in transition to pull the lead to one, 79-78 (for those keeping up at home, that was the final score).

Marquette quickly fouled again, and Rodney Bullock, who ended with 8 points on 2-7 from the floor, bricked 2 free throws, leaving the door wide open for the Golden Eagles to steal the game away from the Friars.

Coach Wojo, in the post-game press conference, told the media that the final two plays were designed to get Katin Reinhardt moving towards the basket, where the officials had not hesitated to call fouls all game. He especially wanted to get Reinhardt in a matchup against a big that couldn’t move with him. Katin got his screen and got moving to the rim the first time.

And Rodney Bullock said “Hah, nope”. A big block left Marquette inbounding the ball from under the basket with 6 seconds to play. The ball came out to Reinhardt, a double stagger screen was set, and he made his move.

The jumper fell short and the Friars came away with a huge win against a hot team away from the Dunk.

The Friars had a balanced scoring attack, lead by Cartwright (with his aforementioned 18). Jalen Lindsey had 14, Emmitt Holt 13, and Ryan Fazekas 11. The Friars shot an impressive 55% from the beyond the arc for the whole game, and 49.5% from the floor in total.

Marquette was lead by Rowsey’s 23. Fischer and Howard both had 13, and JaJuan Johnson had 10 (all in the first half).

Marquette goes to St. John’s to play in Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, February 1st for their next game. Providence gets to host Villanova at the Dunk the same night.

Musings

  • Katin Reinhardt, the hero of the last two games for Marquette, regressed hard to the mean, going 3-11 from the floor for only 9 points in total. It was rough to watch him hoist shots in an attempt to find that form again.
  • Ed Cooley address it in the press-conference, but Providence has been struggling in their free throws lately. It didn’t cost them today (almost did), but they’ll have to hit them to beat Villanova on Wednesday.
  • Rodney Bullock is a scary, scary defender.
  • Kyron Cartwright is doing a decent job of stepping into the shoes of Kris Dunn. It was always going to be hard to replace a lottery pick, but he’s playing well (or at least showed how electric he can be when he needs to be).
  • Markus Howard is the point guard of the future, but Marquette is blessed to have someone like Rowsey who can come off the bench and do what he does. He’s kept them in (or won them) games that have been bad otherwise. Excited to see what he does with his remaining time at MU.