Providence traveled to Chicago to take on DePaul for the 39th in school history and the first time ever at DePaul’s new Wintrust Arena. This game featured the unique broadcast by FS1 where both head coaches were mic’d up the entire game with just two commercial breaks heading into and out of halftime. The Friars started off well on the offensive end but DePaul came back and then Providence went on a long field goal drought. Their last field goal was a Kyron Cartwright jumper at the 8:42 mark to give the Friars a 29-18 lead. Since that point DePaul scored 15 points to Providence’s 4 and the Blue Demons took a 1 point lead into the locker room. The Blue Demons went on an 11-0 run to start the second half and the Friars scoring drought spanned more than 12 minutes until Alpha Diallo scored at the 16:40 mark. The Friars took advantage of a DePaul scoring drought to use a 13-0 run to storm back into the lead, 47-46. The run would ultimately be 22-0 before Eli Cain knocked down a 1 of 2 free throws. DePaul’s field goal drought would end up being more than 9 minutes long. Providence led, 58-49, when Paul Reed made a layup at the 8:04 mark. The game felt in control for the Friars until a pair of 3-pointer by Eli Cain and Max Strus brought DePaul to within 3 late but Providence got the needed stops and made free throws to close out the road win.
Providence was led by Jalen Lindsey with 18 points on 6/10 shooting, including 4/8 from beyond the arc. Lindsey’s shooting was a big part of Providence big run in the second half that brought them back into the lead.
Isaiah Jackson played a very good game with 15 points and solid defense.
Alpha Diallo had a big second half with 14 of his 16 points coming after the break. He also led the team with 9 rebounds.
Rodney Bullock dealt with some foul trouble but managed to score 12 points and grab 8 points.
DePaul was led by Marin Maric with 15 points on 6/11 shooting.
The Friars held Max Strus to just 8 points on 3/13 from the field.
DePaul killed Providence on the glass to the tune of 15 offensive rebounds and 16 second chance points.
Providence improves to 12-6 on the season on the season and their record in Big East play is now 3-2.