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White scores career-high 19 as Providence beats Butler again

NEW YORK (AP) Providence kept its NCAA Tournament hopes alive and found yet another way to beat Butler.

Maliek White scored a career-high 19 points and Providence overcame a slow start to beat Butler for the third time in 16 days, posting an 80-57 victory in the first round of the Big East Conference Tournament on Wednesday night.

In the three games, the Friars (18-14) have found a different player to lead them. Nate Watson had 21 on Feb. 28. A.J. Reeves scored 24 on Saturday and White, who had scored 17 in his last four games, had his best game ever, hitting 8 of 11 shots.

''It's tough to beat anybody once in a row, let alone three times in a row,'' Providence coach Ed Cooley said. ''But it's a game of matchups. We match up well to Butler.''

White was the unexpected surprise.

''Maliek looked like Superman out there today,'' Cooley said. ''I was really happy for Maliek. It's been a -- honestly, I'm really, really proud of Maliek and playing with that level of energy and enthusiasm, making shots, leading the team. That was pretty fun to watch on this stage. We're going to need him to do that again in about 15 hours.''

The win advanced Providence to a quarterfinal game against No. 25 Villanova (22-9), which clinched its fifth outright regular-season title and the top seed on Saturday. The Wildcats beat the Friars twice this season.

Alpha Diallo added 18 points and eight rebounds as the eighth-seeded Friars shot 56 percent from the field after making 2 of 12 in the early going at Madison Square Garden. David Duke had 16 points and Isaiah Jackson added 13.

Jordan Tucker scored 14 points and Aaron Thompson had 12 to lead ninth-seeded Butler (16-16). Kamar Baldwin, who was leading the Bulldogs with a 17.5 point average, was limited to eight points, a season low in a conference game this season.

''Obviously, a ton of credit to Coach Cooley and Providence,'' Butler coach LaVall Jordan said. ''They deserved to win and advance with the way that they played. So it's obviously a tough one to swallow for our group, as you don't know if it's going to be last game or not.''

Providence, which probably needs to win the tournament to get a sixth straight NCAA Tournament berth, struggled early. A combination of poor shooting and turnovers allowed Butler to open a 17-7 lead.

That's when White and Diallo took over, combining for 19 points as the Friars closed the half with a 31-10 spurt. White, who had 17 points combined in his last four games, scored 13 on the final 15 for a 38-27 lead.

When White was asked to explain his scoring binge, Cooley jumped in and said it was the coaching.

''I think my teammates just gave me confidence,'' said White, whose previous high was 18 earlier this season. ''They tell me keep shooting the ball. I know I started off and missed three open 3s. In that time-out, Coach told us we have to take those open shots, and I kept shooting it, and I was fortunate for it to keep going in.''

Butler got within six points early in the second half, but White hit a layup to ignite a 15-point run that featured seven points by Diallo.

BIG PICTURE

Butler: Struggled at end of season, going 4-6. Had been to the NCAAs the last four years and won at least one game.

Providence: Will go to some postseason tournament, but needs three more wins in the next three days to go dancing.

UP NEXT

Butler: Waits to see if it gets a postseason berth to a tournament other than the NCAA.

Providence: Will face the defending national champions in quarterfinals Thursday at noon.

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Key Players
K. Baldwin
A. Diallo
35.5 Min. Per Game 35.5
16.1 Pts. Per Game 16.1
3.1 Ast. Per Game 3.1
8.2 Reb. Per Game 8.2
44.8 Field Goal % 42.0
30.8 Three Point % 34.5
85.6 Free Throw % 68.2
  Defensive rebound by Jimmy Nichols Jr. 14.0
  Campbell Donovan missed 3-pt. jump shot 16.0
+ 2 Andrew Fonts made layup 27.0
+ 1 Joey Brunk made 2nd of 2 free throws 55.0
+ 1 Joey Brunk made 1st of 2 free throws 55.0
  Shooting foul on Jimmy Nichols Jr. 55.0
+ 1 Jimmy Nichols Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:08
  Jimmy Nichols Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:08
  Personal foul on Paul Jorgensen 1:08
+ 2 Paul Jorgensen made layup 1:28
  Bad pass turnover on Jimmy Nichols Jr., stolen by Paul Jorgensen 1:33
Team Stats
Points 57 80
Field Goals 23-53 (43.4%) 29-52 (55.8%)
3-Pointers 7-21 (33.3%) 11-23 (47.8%)
Free Throws 4-7 (57.1%) 11-17 (64.7%)
Total Rebounds 23 31
Offensive 3 4
Defensive 20 27
Team 0 0
Assists 15 15
Steals 6 6
Blocks 0 5
Turnovers 12 10
Fouls 20 9
Technicals 0 0
14 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST
19 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST
12T
away team logo Butler 16-16 273057
home team logo Providence 18-14 384280
Team Stats
away team logo Butler 16-16 71.9 PPG 34.8 RPG 13.2 APG
home team logo Providence 18-14 71.4 PPG 39 RPG 14.4 APG
Key Players
1
J. Tucker F 9.7 PPG 4.1 RPG 0.8 APG 35.8 FG%
4
M. White G 6.7 PPG 1.9 RPG 2.3 APG 38.1 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Tucker F 14 PTS 1 REB 2 AST
M. White G 19 PTS 3 REB 5 AST
43.4 FG% 55.8
33.3 3PT FG% 47.8
57.1 FT% 64.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Thompson 12 4 6 5/5 1/1 1/3 3 39 2 0 2 0 4
K. Baldwin 8 4 1 4/10 0/3 0/0 4 29 1 0 0 1 3
P. Jorgensen 7 4 4 3/10 1/5 0/0 3 27 2 0 1 0 4
N. Fowler 6 5 1 2/5 1/2 1/2 1 19 0 0 4 2 3
S. McDermott 0 3 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 4 25 1 0 0 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Thompson 12 4 6 5/5 1/1 1/3 3 39 2 0 2 0 4
K. Baldwin 8 4 1 4/10 0/3 0/0 4 29 1 0 0 1 3
P. Jorgensen 7 4 4 3/10 1/5 0/0 3 27 2 0 1 0 4
N. Fowler 6 5 1 2/5 1/2 1/2 1 19 0 0 4 2 3
S. McDermott 0 3 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 4 25 1 0 0 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Tucker 14 1 2 5/11 4/7 0/0 0 27 0 0 3 0 1
J. Brunk 6 1 0 2/4 0/0 2/2 0 15 0 0 1 0 1
C. David 2 1 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 2 9 0 0 1 0 1
B. Golden 2 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 6 0 0 0 0 0
H. Baddley 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
C. Donovan 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
B. Nze - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Gillens-Butler - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Hastings - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 57 23 15 23/53 7/21 4/7 20 200 6 0 12 3 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. White 19 3 5 8/11 3/6 0/1 1 35 3 0 2 0 3
A. Diallo 18 8 4 7/13 2/3 2/3 0 36 0 1 0 0 8
D. Duke 16 0 1 6/8 2/3 2/2 2 28 1 0 3 0 0
N. Watson 4 5 0 2/5 0/0 0/0 1 19 1 1 1 1 4
A. Reeves 3 4 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 2 16 0 0 0 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. White 19 3 5 8/11 3/6 0/1 1 35 3 0 2 0 3
A. Diallo 18 8 4 7/13 2/3 2/3 0 36 0 1 0 0 8
D. Duke 16 0 1 6/8 2/3 2/2 2 28 1 0 3 0 0
N. Watson 4 5 0 2/5 0/0 0/0 1 19 1 1 1 1 4
A. Reeves 3 4 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 2 16 0 0 0 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Jackson 13 5 3 3/6 3/5 4/4 0 29 1 0 2 1 4
K. Young 4 4 0 1/2 0/1 2/5 2 20 0 2 1 2 2
A. Fonts 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Nichols Jr. 1 2 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 1 3 0 0 1 0 2
D. Edwards 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
M. Ashton-Langford 0 0 2 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 8 0 1 0 0 0
K. Monroe 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
E. Holt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 80 31 15 29/52 11/23 11/17 9 200 6 5 10 4 27