|Seton Hall||Rodriguez: 20||Delgado: 16||Carrington: 5|
|Providence||Bullock: 21||Bullock: 5||Cartwright: 8|
- Providence needed to rebound from their bad loss at DePaul earlier in the week and Seton Hall wanted to get a road win after dropping an overtime game at Marquette their last time out. This was one of the more physical games in the Big East so far this season with each team looking to play with an edge and the referees obliging by allowing some contact before blowing their whistles. In the end, Providence made enough plays down the stretch to defend their home court to improve to 12-7 overall, 2-4 in Big East play and 11-1 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center this season.
- The Friars led by as much as 16 in this game during a big run in the first half. Seton Hall closed the gap by finishing on a 16-2 run after returning to the floor after the under-4 media timeout to cut the Friar halftime lead to 6.
- Providence was led by Rodney Bullock with 22 points on 6/12 shooting, including 4/6 from beyond the arc. He also grabbed 4 but had 6 turnovers in 38 minutes. Kyron Cartwright, playing at less than 100%, put up 20 points and made the biggest shot of the game for Providence when he made a mid-range jumper while being fouled. Cartwright converted the 3-point play to give the Friars a 64-61 margin late in the game that ultimately proved to be the game-winner for the Friars.
- Emmitt Holt scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds despite being in foul trouble at different points in this one.
- Jalen Lindsey didn’t have a sexy stat line with 5 points and 5 rebounds in 29 minutes but his presence was clearly felt in this game after he had to sit out their last game against DePaul with a hand injury. Lindsey provided excellent defense and even did some play-making with the ball in his hands to dish the ball to Holt for 2 of Holt’s 4 made field goals.
- Kalif Young grabbed some big-time rebounds and gave Providence some good minutes off the bench, especially with Holt in a bit of foul trouble. Young finished with 4 points and 4 rebounds in 16 minutes of action.
- Desi Rodriguez was excellent for Seton Hall all afternoon. The reigning Big East Player of the Week led the Pirates with 20 points. Khadeen Carrington was held largely in check and most of the points he did get were on tough shots he made while being closely guarded. Carrington finished with 13 points on 6/14 shooting. Angel Delgado was a load down low for Providence. The Big East’s leading rebounder notched his 11th-straight double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds.
- Providence shot 48% from the field, including 7/16 from beyond the arc. Seton Hall shot just 40% from the field, including 6/21 from 3-point range. The Friars went 14/22 at the free throw line compared to 5/8 by the Pirates. Seton Hall dominated the glass to the tune of 39-29, including a 14-4 advantage on the offensive glass.
- 2018 SG Keyontae Johnson of IMG Academy and Boo Williams was in attendance for this game. His IMG Academy team is playing at the Hoophall Classic this weekend at nearby Springfield College. Johnson holds an offer from Providence and is ranked 144th nationally by 247Sports.
- The Friars head down to DC to take on Georgetown on Mo day, January 16th at 9:00pm EST at the Verizon Center. The game will be televised on FS1 as part of the Big East’s MLK Day marathon of games.
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