The Providence Friars defeated the Boston College Eagles on Saturday by the score of 86-66. This continues the trend of the two New England programs alternating wins over the past seven seasons. It was all Friars tonight. Rodney Bullock led the way with 20 points and six rebounds.
The Eagles started off the night dominating the glass with 11 rebounds to Providence’s three. Nine of BC’s 19 first half boards came on the offensive end, but the Eagles had just eight points off turnovers. The inability to convert those second chance points would ultimately come back to bite them. The Friars would battle back on the glass, finishing the half with 16 rebounds.
Providence used their hot three point shooting to lead them through the first frame, going 7-10 from beyond the arc in the first half. Jalen Lindsey naturally led the way with a perfect 3-3 half. He would finish with 12 points on the night. The Friars shot 59 percent from the field and held a 44-35 lead heading into halftime.
The Friars continued their sharpshooting from deep to begin the second half, taking a 14-point lead less than five minutes in. They shot 62 percent through the first 10 minutes of the second frame. Providence has gotten out to double digit leads this season, and allowed teams to creep back in, but tonight the Friars looked like they did against St. Louis, and kept their foot on the gas.
Kyron Cartwright left the game with what appeared to be a right ankle injury. He would limp off the court and head to the locker room, but returned to the bench minutes later.
Boston College had multiple two minute scoreless spans during the second half as the Friars aggressive defense remained active down the stretch. Ed Cooley should be pleased with the Friars on both ends of the ball.
- Rodney Bullock’s bucket with 5:35 left put him into the 1,000 point club. He’s the 48th player in program history to reach that mark. Bullock received a standing O from the Friar faithful.
- Alpha Diallo was great on the offensive end tonight, finishing with 15 points on 7-9 shooting. His scoring punch alongside Bullock proved to be a terrific formula for the Friars. Here’s his highlight of the night.
And his shimmy did not go unnoticed.
- Nate Watson continues to progress through the first month of the season. This strong put-back should excite Friar fans. He had 9 points and was 3-3 from the field.
- Jalen Lindsey has hit a 3-pointer in 32 straight games. He was a perfect 4-4 tonight.
- Kyron Cartwright left early due to an ankle injury, but finished with 14 points and nine assists in 28 minutes.
The Friars welcome Rider to the Dunk on Wednesday night. They’ll look to improve to 6-1 before heading to face in-state rival URI on Saturday.