NCAAB Game Recap - Providence at Butler
Sat Feb 1, 2020 2:00 PM EST

TCU
52
Baylor
68
F
Gonz
83
USF
79
F
TxTch
75
Kansas
78
F
UtSt
68
SDSU
80
F
FlaSt
74
VaTec
63
F
Lou
77
NCSU
57
F
Ford
56
Dayt
70
F
Crei
76
Vill
61
F
Duke
97
Syr
88
F
Xav
74
Seton
62
F
Oreg
60
Stan
70
F
KansSt
57
WVU
66
F
KY
66
Aub
75
F
MSU
63
Wisc
64
F
Prov
65
Butl
61
F
Colora
78
USC
57
F
Hou
62
Cin
64
F
Miss
63
LSU
73
F
WichSt
51
Tuls
54
F
PSU
76
Nebras
64
F
Rut
63
Mich
69
F
Bry
64
StFPA
84
F
Ind
59
OhSt
68
F
GaTec
72
ND
80
F
Hartfo
55
Maine
49
F
W Ky
76
FlInt
81
F
UConn
63
Mem
70
F
CenCT
57
RobM
64
F
TexAM
48
UGA
63
F
Ohio
54
Ball
65
F
UMKC
69
ChiSt
51
F
Copp
68
DelSt
77
F
IaSt
68
Tex
72
F
Tenn
73
MisSt
86
F
DeP
72
Marq
76
F
NrthIA
80
Evans
68
F
UNCA
71
Winth
104
F
CenMI
85
W MI
78
F
Charl
79
Tows
70
F
WCU
64
Chat
61
F
Amer
70
Lafy
82
F
Colg
73
HolyC
64
F
Troy
84
GASt
78
F
Toled
57
E MI
61
F
Drex
72
Del
80
F
Boston
77
Buck
57
F
OkSt
69
Okla
82
F
ULMo
54
TexAr
68
F
Charl
68
SoMis
74
F(OT)
N TX
75
Rice
84
F
App
86
ArkLR
93
F
IL-C
64
Clev
62
F
TN-M
77
MorSt
85
F
Mizzu
54
SCar
76
F
MtStM
75
FaDi
85
F
Morg
89
How
83
F
SCSt
56
NCC
73
F
MidTN
83
TexSA
80
F
UCF
48
SoFL
64
F
CBap
72
Seatt
65
F
OrSt
67
Cal
69
F
Ida
72
NoAZ
77
F
UNLV
77
ColSt
95
F
IndSt
78
MOSt
68
F
LongI
59
(N/A)
70
F
Presb
81
Hamp
87
F(OT)
Hof
83
W&M
60
F
SacHr
83
StFNY
76
F
GMas
65
StBon
74
F
ChaSo
74
Radf
77
F(OT)
UNCW
66
JMU
83
F
SthAL
79
GaSo
69
F
Marsh
73
FlAtl
91
F
NE
69
Elon
74
F
SEMO
57
E KY
70
F
UNCG
65
ETSU
82
F
CenAR
79
NWSt
71
F
BethC
67
FlaAM
73
F
Norf
68
NCAT
74
F
Lamar
96
McNee
91
F
Longw
84
GWebb
81
F(OT)
Citad
71
Mercer
76
F
MiaO
55
NIU
70
F
Campbl
74
USC-Up
91
F
JackSt
85
MsVl
65
F
NOrl
84
SeLA
73
F
Stetsn
55
Lipsco
53
F
KennSt
45
NFla
86
F
CoCar
83
ArkSt
77
F
Wyo
71
SJSU
66
F
NM
77
Fres
82
F
OlDom
73
LaTec
76
F
Belm
78
JacSt
64
F
Navy
73
LoyMD
79
F
E IL
64
APSU
68
F
ULLa
66
TxSt
71
F
UNH
75
UMassL
77
F
ECU
64
Temp
76
F
N AL
83
Jacksn
85
F
Pepp
68
LoyMa
67
F(OT)
SIU
79
Drake
72
F
Ark
82
Alab
78
F
IUPUI
76
YSU
91
F
GrgWas
54
Rich
76
F
Harv
69
Princ
70
F
Dart
46
Penn
54
F
BC
71
UNC
70
F
Colum
66
Brown
72
F
Alc
82
South
93
F
SFA
81
SamH
76
F
StLou
78
StJos
73
F
Samf
56
Woff
80
F
UCSB
87
LongB
62
F
Vermt
86
Albany
75
F
NDSt
71
IPFW
60
F
Corn
71
Yale
86
F
UMBC
63
Stony
74
F
FlGlf
46
Lib
61
F
Army
80
Leh
79
F
PVAM
49
AlSt
52
F
TXSo
82
AlaAM
73
F
Tul
67
SMU
82
F
CAPoly
51
UCDav
66
F
Ariz
66
WaSt
49
F
SCla
85
Portl
61
F
SDSt
71
W IL
61
F
IlSt
70
Valpa
80
F
CSBak
59
TexPA
70
F
Denv
77
Oral
86
F
Brad
51
LoyIL
62
F
TXAMC
77
HBU
82
F
InWor
58
AbCh
72
F
Clem
44
Wake
56
F
UMass
50
David
85
F
SIU-E
55
Murr
74
F
Fla
61
Vand
55
F
Gram
49
ArkPB
47
F
TNSt
72
TNTec
67
F(OT)
UAB
69
UTEP
55
F
IdaSt
75
S UT
80
F
Web
52
N CO
70
F
GrCan
52
NMSt
72
F
MTSt
64
Mont
78
F
Purd
61
NW
58
F
USD
58
Pacif
66
F
StMar
79
BYU
81
F
Nev
64
Bois
73
F
E WA
59
Sac
54
F
AzSt
87
Wash
83
F
CS-Ful
61
UCIrv
91
F
CSNor
75
HI
80
F

Feb 1, 2020, 2:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Providence (12-10)

31

34

65

(16) Butler (17-5)

25

36

61

Friars' lineup change works in 65-61 win over No. 16 Butler
Sat Feb 1, 2020 6:16 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Providence coach Ed Cooley made a bold move Saturday.

He benched his best player so he could start his two biggest players side by side against No. 16 Butler.

Then the struggling Friars saw the strategy pay off. Luwane Pipkins hit six straight free throws in the final minute, finished with 22 points and helped Providence hold on 65-61 for its first road victory over a ranked team in nearly three years.

"My team's desperate," Cooley said. "I told them whoever is the most desperate wins most of the time, and I'm coaching the most desperate team in the country."

Providence (12-10, 5-4 Big East) certainly could have made that case after losing three straight and four of their previous five - two of those by four points.

But the lineup change of starting top scorer and rebounder Alpha Diallo on the bench might wind up helping the Friars turn the corner.

It was their first victory over an Top 25 team since March 19, 2018. And now, with their best defensive performance of the season on tape, the Friars just got a boost of confidence, too.

"I told them it was going to be an old-school Big East game," Cooley said. "I told them we don't have to play pretty, we just have to play together enough to win."

They followed the script masterfully.

With 6-foot-10 Nate Watson and 6-9 Kalif Young jamming up the middle, the Friars used their smaller, quicker guards to prevent Butler's usually reliable perimeter shooters from getting open looks.

The result: Butler went 5 of 17 from the field in the first half and finished the game 1 of 14 on 3s with 15 turnovers.

Kamar Baldwin scored 14 points to lead the Bulldogs (17-5, 5-4), who have lost two of their last three home games. Justin Tucker added 12 points and eight rebounds in a game Butler spent most of the time playing catch-up.

After building a 31-25 halftime lead, Butler charged back and took their only lead of the second half at 43-41 with 12:02 to go.

Providence answered with six straight points and never trailed again. David Duke's putback with 2:22 left gave Providence a 58-54 cushion and Pipkins closed it out at the free-throw line, where he was 10 for 10.

"They switched and got out, did a good job of getting guys off the (3-point) line," Butler coach LaVall Jordan said. "They've got a versatile lineup so they can switch out and take away the 3s."

BIG PICTURE

Providence: With a bigger, more physical lineup, the Friars managed to negate one of Butler's biggest advantages - rebounding. Their pressure also kept the Bulldogs' offense out of sync. Could it be a long-term solution to Cooley's concerns? Stay tuned.

Butler: Point guard Aaron Thompson has missed three straight games with an injured wrist, and the Bulldogs haven't been the same without him. Thompson's absence has forced Tucker and Baldwin to get more involved with the ball-handling and opposing coaches have noticed the difference.

STAT PACK

Providence: Diallo sat on the bench for the first four minutes, ending a streak of 76 consecutive starts. He finished with three points and four rebounds. ... Duke scored 10 points. ... Young had nine rebounds. ... Providence outscored Butler's bench 27-1 scoring. ... The Friars improved to e 1-4 against ranked teams this season.

Butler: Bryce Nze scored 12 points and Sean McDermott had 10 points and seven rebounds. ... The Bulldogs shot 40% from the field. ... Butler is 4-2 in games decided by five or fewer points. ... Baldwin finished the game with 1,804 points, moving past Lynn Michem (1,798) and into seventh on the school's career scoring list. He also had two steals, moving into fourth all-time with 184 - one ahead of A.J. Graves.

THEY SAID IT

Providence: "Tucker and McDermott are great catch-and-shoot guys, so we wanted them to be more ball handlers than shooters. And again Thompson wasn't on the court to be a great facilitor. Not having him is so critical -- so, so critical."

Butler: "You've got to get stops to win," Jordan said. "We couldn't get enough stops down the stretch."

UP NEXT

Providence: Plays its only home game in this four-game stretch Wednesday against Creighton.

Butler: Hopes to even the season series when No. 8 Villanova visits Hinkle Fieldhouse on Wednesday.

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Leaders

Providence PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
E. Holt 0 0 0 1 0 0
A. Fonts 0 0 0 0 0 0
Butler PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Battle 0 0 0 0 0 0
H. Baddley 0 0 0 1 1 0

Team Comparison

Prov Butl
Points For 65 61
Field Goals 21/52-40% 18/45-40%
Three Pointers 6/20-30% 1/14-7%
Free Throws 17/21-81% 24/31-77%
Offensive Rebounds 11 11
Defensive Rebounds 19 22
Rebounds 31 35
Blocks 2 1
Steals 6 7
Turnovers 13 15
Personal Fouls 21 18
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Series Tied 1-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Fri Jan 10 Butl 70 @ Prov 58 C. David 1 K. Young 1
Sat Feb 1 Prov 65 @ Butl 61 K. Young 2 D. Smits 1

Game Information

Stadium: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 9,132
Game Time: