White scores career-high 19 as Providence beats Butler again

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NEW YORK (AP) — 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.

Alpha Diallo added 18 points and eight rebounds as the eighth-seeded Friars (18-14) 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.

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.

Jordan Tucker scored 14 points and Aaron Thompson had 12 to lead 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.

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. He finished 8 of 11 from the field.

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 the season, going 4-6. Had been to the NCAAs the last four games 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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