2019 didn’t end so well for the Hoyas, as they were taken down 76-60 by the Friars at The Dunk.
The truth is the final score doesn’t quite do this justice. Providence led 24-6 after the first 10 minutes of the game and 54-23 at the end of the first half. And while Georgetown drew “closer” after scoring 26 points in the first 10 minutes of the second half, the game was never really in doubt. Providence led this thing wire to wire and led by as many as 33 points at the beginning of the second half.
Providence got the victory thanks to four players getting into double figures. Chief among them was Alpha Diallo who scored 20 points, a game high on both sides. Luwane Pipkins dropped 14 poinits meanwhile, and A.J. Reeves and David Duke added 13 and 10 points respectively. Nate Watson scored eight points off the bench, Emmitt Holt delivered seven and Malikek White put up four. It was a pretty well-balanced effort beyond Diallo’s terrific showing, as the Friars were running on all cylinders to say the least.
The Hoyas got three players in double figures and came close to having five. Omer Yurtseven had 14 points, and Terrell Allen and Jahvon Blair each scored 10. Jagan Mosely and Jamorko Pickett came very close to double figures as they each scored nine points apiece. Qudus Wahab had six points and George Muresan had two, but the cupboard was pretty barren otherwise. They couldn’t handle the punch that Providence gave them, and a loss came as a result of all that.
The Friars are riding some mojo right now to say the least. They picked Georgetown apart 10 days after destroying the Texas Longhorns at home. They’ve now won three of their last four games, all their wins coming at The Dunk. They will travel away from Friartown for games against the DePaul Blue Demons on Saturday and the Marquette Golden Eagles next week. We’ll see if they can keep this good juju going, as it seems to be paying off in spades right now.
The Hoyas, meanwhile, saw their good graces go up in smoke. Gone is their six-game winning streak and now they’ll have to hope to recollect themselves quickly. They face the Seton Hall Pirates on Friday in Newark, as their roadtrip to begin Big East play continues.