The Friars put together a near flawless first half of basketball to jump out to a big lead that Maine would never be able to come back from.
Final Score: 83-62
It was Jeff “Please don’t dribble” Xavier’s turn to be the star today, getting 23 points (16 in the first half) off the bench. He hit 5 threes (4 in the first half) and was a perfect 6-6 from the line.
McDermott filled up the stat sheet again, pulling down 14 boards (6 offensively) and scoring 12 points. However, he struggled again from the line, shooting 3-8.
The Friars pretty much won the game in the first half. But Oh, it was such a glorious first half. Best ball the Friars have played all year. They only had ONE FREAKING TURNOVER IN THE WHOLE HALF (Regardless if Jeff Xavier’s uncle was in fact the official scorekeeper). The Friars forced 10 Maine turnovers in the half and scored 22 points off those miscues. PC shot 50% from the field, and hit 7 threes (4 by Xavier).
The second half was a little sloppier, as the Friars committed 9 turnovers and only shot 2-10 from beyond the arc. However, Maine couldn’t capitalize and only shot 40% from the field, getting only 7 points off turnovers. Providence still outscored Maine 33-30 in the 2nd. The best highlight was a full court McDermott football pass caught by Marshon Brooks who slammed it home.
Sharaud Curry had a quiet shooting game, but had a lot of nice passes that led to 7 assists. He sat out a bunch in the 2nd half, but Keno Davis said he wanted to rest him since it was the 4th game in 8 days.
Kale had a strong shooting game from inside, hitting 6-9 from the field and getting 13 points.
Providence had another game of 10 or more steals, McDermott, Efejuku, and Xavier all had 3.
MORE TO COME TOMORROW (Charts, breakdowns, and BOWLS OF PASTA)