CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WPRI) — Despite strong offensive performances from senior forward Rodney Bullock and sophomore guard Alpha Diallo, the Providence College men’s basketball team was eliminated from NCAA Tournament play Friday by Texas A&M.
The 7-seed Aggies pulled away from the 10-seed Friars in the second half and walked away with a 73-69 victory at Charlotte, North Carolina’s Spectrum Center.
Bullock led the Friars with 22 points and 5 rebounds and Diallo added 21 points and 7 rebounds.
“Got to play better. I let my teammates down,” senior Kyron Cartwright said following the game. I’ll take that. That’s on me.”
A&M’s size was a noteworthy advantage, with the Aggies pulling down 44 rebounds – including 11 on offense – to the Friars’ 26. A&M center Tyler Davis and forward Robert Williams racked up 15 and 14 boards, respectively, along with a combined 27 points. Guard Admon Gilder led the Aggies in scoring with 18 points.
A&M also had an 8-0 advantage in the blocks department.
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PC was unable to match the success of URI, who advanced to the next round with an 83-78 overtime win against Oklahoma on Thursday.
The Friars finished the season with a 21-13 overall record and went 10-8 in the Big East. They averaged 74 points per game behind Bullock’s 14 PPG.
A&M (20-12, 9-9) sported a slightly higher average at 75 PPG. The Aggies experienced an early exit from the SEC Tournament last week, courtesy of a buzzer-beater from Alabama’s Collin Sexton.
A&M now moves on to face the University of North Carolina in the next round.
MARCH HOOPS: Eyewitness Sports is following URI and PC every step of the way with live team coverage. Yianni Kourakis will have live reports from Pittsburgh where the Rams are playing in the NCAA Tournament and Ruthie Polinsky will be with the Friars in Charlotte.