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Carroll women win in wild finish; Providence men continue to roll

Posted at 11:19 PM, Jan 25, 2020

(Editor's note: University of Providence media release)

Carroll 64, Providence 62 (women)
The University of Providence women's basketball team suffered another late-game loss in the Frontier Conference Saturday night, this time at the hands of Carroll College.

Down 60-63 with three seconds left, Bailey Cartwright hit a shot from the corner that looked like a three-pointer, but her foot was on the line. The Argos had to foul and ended up losing 62-64.

"It was a heartbreaker," head coach Bill Himmelberg said. "Give Carroll a lot of credit they made some plays down the stretch. We made some plays too. They just made one more play than us."

Cartwright led the Argos (12-8, 3-5) with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Parker Esary sored 15 points and grabbed 9 boards, while Randich netted 15 points. Danielle Wagner led the Fighting Saints (13-6, 5-2) with 22 points.

"When you look at that stat sheet, we played an extremely similar game," Himmelberg said. "It comes down to one play, and not necessarily at the end. They made a play tonight and we didn't. There were lots of chances for us to make plays throughout the game and we didn't do that. We just have to find a way to do it."

The Argos will hit the floor again Thursday night in the McLaughlin Center at 5:30 against Montana Tech.

"I know they're heart broke over where they're at right now," Himmelberg said. "But we know that we can beat anybody. When things start falling for us things are going to start going in the right direction. We don't need to peak right now we just need to peak at the end."


Providence 74, Carroll 66

In a night where nobody seemed to be able to get going, Brandon Cotton scored 25 points to lead the #8th University of Providence men's basketball team to a 74-66 victory over #9 Carroll College Saturday night.

"Brandon kept us in the game tonight," head coach Steve Keller said. "If he didn't have all those threes in the first half we would have been down a lot. He made some tough shots at the rim as well when we needed a bucket. This was the biggest game of the year from him and we absolutely needed it. I'm proud of him tonight."

Cotton also had five assists on the evening. Zaccheus Darko-Kelly finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and five steals. Dawson Fowler added 12 points, 9 rebounds and four assists. Dane Warp led the Saints with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

"We struggled shooting wise and we found a way to win," Keller said. "That's what good teams do. We gave up 45 the first half and 21 the second half. We got down and guarded. Dawson did a great job defending Warp in the second half. Jaxen doesn't get a lot of attention but he was all over the court making plays tonight. It was a good team effort."

The win gives the Argos sole possession of second play in the conference. They'll return to action Thursday night at 7:30 against Montana Tech.

"Tonight was a huge win," Keller said. "There's a lot of games to go, but six out of our next ten are at home. It's going to be grind."