Diallo scores 20, Providence clamps down in 69-59 win
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Alpha Diallo scored 20 points with nine rebounds and three assists and Providence clamped down on defense in the first half, defeating Fairleigh Dickinson 69-59 Tuesday night.
Isaiah Jackson tossed in 11 points for the Friars (5-2) with five rebounds and four assists, Nate Watson added 10 points with seven boards, a block and a steal.
A pretty lob from Mak Ashton-Langford deep in the wing to Watson at the low post for a dunk highlighted a 12-6 spurt in the first half as Providence broke away. The Friars led 30-19 at the break, holding Fairleigh Dickinson to eight field goals in the first 20 minutes.
Providence finished the game shooting 50 percent from the floor, 25-50, but was just 3-for-13 from behind the 3-point arc. The Friars turned eight steals into a 10-2 advantage in fast-break points, scored 19 points off 16 Fairleigh Dickinson turnovers and owned the paint, 40-20.
Xzavier Malone-Key paced the Knights (3-3) with 16 points, including three 3-pointers, five rebounds and two steals. Jahlil Jenkins scored 12. Fairleigh Dickinson finished with 43-percent shooting, 23-for-53, and nine 3-pointers.
Updated November 27, 2018