I think the Northeastern loss really fucked with Friar fans’ heads. How else would you explain being slightly concerned with this team coming to the Dunk. Providence had beaten this Maine team the last two years with most of its same players. Yeah so they were off to a surprising 3-0 start, winning all their games on the road — but one of their wins came against a team called “Kennesaw State” (In case you were wondering, the school is located in Atlanta).
Had this Friar team been 4-0, us Friar fans would have been checking their ESPN2 reception to make sure it comes in crystal clear for the big game versus Baylor on Thanksgiving (late) night. Lucky for us, we fans know that we can’t take any opponent lightly, and hoped to put away the pesky team from the America East conference.
The Friars themselves certainly did not look ahead, and played one of their best halves of the season on to a 83-62 victory over the Maine Black Bears.
Apparently the dart landed on Jeff Xavier’s name on the “Friar that is going to lead the team in scoring” dartboard. Weyinmi Efejuku was very disappointed. However, he still has a chance for the Baylor game.
LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’
Aside from the big rebounding advantage in favor of the Friars, the overall comparison does not look as convincing as the final score. It just shows what kind of first half the Friars were able to put together. PC was lights out in shooting, and they practically didn’t turn the ball over.
The turnover margin was PC 1, Maine 10 in the first half alone — The Friars were able to score over 20 points off the Maine turnovers. Providence was a little sloppier in the 2nd half and the stats ended up being pretty even.
Both teams took a huge dump on the foul line, as Maine went 10-18 and the Friars went 12-19.
McDermott (14 total rebounds) was the beast of the offensive boards, pulling down 6. The whole Maine team had 9.
Other Stat Notes
- The game had the same number of possessions as the Northeastern game (66), which was down considerably from the Friars’ last two games. However, PC was much more efficient, compiling a rating of 125.8.
- The Friars played their best game statistically on defense, finally limiting their opponent to an efficiency of under 100, as Maine produced a 93.9. The 62 points were also the fewest allowed by the Friars this season.
- The Friars attempted 27 three pointers (9-27, 33%). In each game so far they have attempted at least 23.
LET’S SERVE SOME PASTA!
Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.
Jeff Xavier – Keep shooting from that spot, just don’t dribble too much!
Geoff McDermott – Would have earned that 4th bowl had he nailed some foul shots…otherwise superb with 14 rebounds and 12 points
Jonathan Kale – Imagine if he could keep hitting shots like that down low?
Sharaud Curry – tough since it was 4th game in 8 days…quiet shooting night but ran the offense decently with 7 assists. Got a much needed rest in the second half
Gerald McLemore - Freshman (who is the team leading scorer) had a quiet night on offense
Maine Coach Ted Woodward – Um, down almost 20 you need to change things up on offense and defense…no real sense of urgency
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