Friar fans got to see two things return to the Dunk on Saturday night — Excellent three point shooting and strong play from their point gaurd Sharaud Curry. In their second and final exhibition matchup against Slippery Rock Univeristy, the Friars coasted to an easy victory by shooting a scorching 10-20 from behind the arc and hitting 25 foul shots out of a ridiculous 37 taken.
Providence was sent to the line early and often in the game, as three Slippery Rock players had 3 fouls in the first half. The Friars hit 16 of their first 19 foul shots, before missing 8 in a row to end the half. Fortunately, they regained their form in the 2nd half by hitting 9 of 10 free throws.
Jeff Xavier was the high scorer for the Friars with 19 points (3-5 from downtown, 6-6 from the line), to go with 4 assists and 4 steals.
More importantly, Sharaud Curry looked very sharp in his 31 minutes of play. Unlike the first exhibition game, he didn’t seem hesitant and had a lot of strong drives to the hoop. He finished with 11 points and 4 assists.
Despite excellent offensive play, PC allowed Slippery Rock to score 47 points in the second half, thanks to 7 long balls. Davis utilized alot of pressing, and it seemed that Slippery Rock was able to beat it for easy buckets and threes too many times.
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