Jackson’s Three Projects Providence Past Butler in OT

The Providence College Friars defeated Butler, 73-67, in overtime on Tuesday, February 26 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. The Friars were led by sophomore Nate Watson, who had 21 points (8-10 fg) for PC. The Friar defense was the key as they held the Bulldogs to six points under their season average in 45 minutes of play.

The Friars, (16-13, 6-10) played a strong first half in which they outscored the Bulldogs, 32-27, and dominated on the boards, 20-14. The Friars shot 41 percent in the first 20 minutes and balanced scoring as seven players scored. PC was led by sophomore Nate Watson, who had eight points on 3-3 shooting from field. Senior Isaiah Jackson came off the bench to score six points, grab four rebounds and make two steals.

The Friars’ lead did grow as large as 14 points in the first half but the Bulldogs went on a run, which was helped by Watson and junior Alpha Diallo on the bench for the Friars with two fouls each. PC’s offense which had been fluid did sputter scoring just four points over the final five minutes of the half.

Kamar Baldwin had 13 points in the first half to pace the Bulldogs.

The Friars had a hard time keeping Baldwin in check in the second half as he led the Bulldogs all the way back as they took a 43-42 lead with 10:41 remaining in the game. The teams traded baskets before the Bulldogs (15-13, 6-9) opened up a three-point lead 47-44 on a jumper by Baldwin. The Friars turned up their defense and took a seven-point lead, 58-51, with 1:49 remaining in regulation and looked to be on the way to their fifth road win of the season, however, the Bulldogs staged a frenzied comeback, which was highlighted by a game-tying three by Baldwin with 10 seconds remaining to force overtime.

In overtime, Jackson came up big for the Friars and sealed the win to put PC up by five (71-66) with 37 seconds left when he nailed a three with time running out on the shot clock. He finished with 14 points, five rebounds and three steals.

Diallo had 14 points and seven rebounds for PC.

Baldwin finished with a game-high 27 points for Butler.

The Friars will return to action on Wednesday, March 6 at Creighton at 8 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Networks.