Reeves Leads Second Half Surge, PC Beats #21 Creighton
Providence College Press Release
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College men’s basketball team upset the No. 21 Creighton Bluejays, 73-56, on Wednesday, Feb. 5 in Providence, R.I. at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Friars improved their record to 13-10 and 6-4 in BIG EAST play. A.J. Reeves scored a season high 22 points and grabbed three rebounds. He shot 8-13 from the field and 6-8 from three. With the win, the Friars captured their second consecutive win versus a ranked team. It’s the first time they have accomplished that feat since the 2015-16. It also marked the Friars’ first win over a ranked team at home since defeating No. 3/4 Villanova, 76-71, on Feb. 14, 2018.
Four Friars ended in double figures on the night. Alongside Reeves, Alpha Diallo (New York, N.Y.) accumulated 14 points, six boards and three assists. He shot 2-2 from three. David Duke (Providence, R.I.) had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists. Nate Watson (Portsmouth, Va.) ended with 11 points and six rebounds.
Duke opened up the ball game with a quick layup inside from Reeves to put the Friars on the board. Maliek White (Richmond, Va.) scored the next five points for the Friars on a jumper and three ball from the wing. He finished the night with seven points, six rebounds and six assists. Creighton had the lead 12-9 after 6 minutes of play.
The Bluejays went on an 11-0 run starting with 14:46 on the clock. Creighton’s Mitch Ballock scored nine of those points. Luwane Pipkins (Chicacgo, Ill.) ended their run with his first three of the night to give the Friars some life. Reeves contributed with a three ball of his own to bring the Friars within two points. With just over seven minutes to play the score was 26-19 with Creighton still holding the lead.
The Friars found some rhythm starting with a second chance basket in the paint from Watson and a Diallo three from the wing. The Bluejays had not found the bottom of the net in over two minutes. Providence finished out the half strong with Kalif Young (Vaughan, Ontario) slamming it home with 27 seconds on the clock to bring them within four. Young finished with four points, seven rebounds and two assists.
Both teams headed into the locker room with a 36-32 Creighton lead. Providence shot 12-28 (42.9%) from the field, 4-10 (40.0%) from three and 4-6 (66.7%) from the line. Creighton was 14-32 (43.8%) from the field, 4-13 (30.8%) from three and 4-5 (80.0%) from the line.
Reeves made the first field goal of the second half for Providence on his second made three of the night. Watson kept in going down low in the early minutes, grabbing an offensive board and converting on the tip in layup. The Friars went on a 11-0 run starting with 14:11 on the clock. Three of the field goals were from downtown; two from Reeves and one more from Diallo. Creighton went 0-5 on their last field goals and called a timeout. The Friars led 50-45.
Providence took control going into the under eight-minute media timeout. Baskets from Young, Duke and Diallo lengthened the Friar lead to eight. The score was 60-52 with 6:13 on the clock. The Friars kept control as Duke nailed his first three from the top of the key. The Bluejays had not scored in the last 4:19 minutes and were 1 for 10 in their last field goal attempts.
With 2:35 minutes left in regulation, Providence held the lead 64-52. Reeves could not be stopped, knocking down two more threes in the remaining minutes. Creighton was not able to respond, only making two of their last 12 field goals of the game.
The Friars ended shooting 26-53 (49.1%) from the field, 12-20 (60.0%) from three and 9-12 (75.0%) from the line. Creighton finished with 23-62 (37.1%), 6-27 (22.2%) from three and 4-5 (80.0%) from the line. The Friars outscored the Bluejays 41 to 20 in the second half.
Up next, the Friars head on the road to take on the Xavier Musketeers on Saturday, Feb. 8. The game is set for tip-off at 8:00 p.m. in Cincinnati, Ohio and will be televised on FS1.