I didn’t get a chance to see or hear any of the game. I wish I could have taped it somehow though (it wasn’t on regular ESPN channels though), because the Friars pulled off a very important victory. Down 62-57 with 3 minutes to go, the Providence Friars were looking at a disastrous 0-2 record in the Anaheim Classic. What did they do? They made sure Charlotte would not score for the rest of the game thanks to several steals. After a nice 10-0 run to close the game, Providence had stolen the game they trailed for the entire night.
Marshon Brooks had 5 of his 12 points in those three minutes.
Jeff Xavier had 3 of the Friars’ 10 steals.
I’m excited for the win because it showed HUGE toughness, and these kind of games can really carry over, no matter who the opponent is.
(AP Photo/Mark Avery)
As you can see from the four factors, the turnover percentage played a huge part in the outcome of the game. The Friars forced 20+ turnovers for the 2nd straight game, and only committed 13 themselves.
Not only did PC excel at getting to the line, but they finally hit their freebies! 13-16 for a season best 81.3%!
The rebounding continues to be an issue, although the Friars won the offensive rebound battle 11-10.
OTHER STAT NOTES
- Despite poor shooting in the first half, the Friars put together an offensive rating of 98.5 (based on 68 possessions). In the Baylor game, there were 77 possessions, and the Friars had an offensive rating of 72.7
- The Friars held Charlotte to a offensive rating of 91.2. Baylor had a 93.5 ORtg.
- The three ball was again not falling for PC (23.5%). However they attempted their fewest 3’s in a game with 17. It was the first game all season the Friars attempted less than 20 shots from behind the arc.
AROUND THE INTERWEBS
The win masks what are some real red flags with the Friars at this point of the season. For the second straight game here, the team did not shoot well. PC made just 4 of 17 threes and was out-rebounded, 34-30.
The Friars will now play St. Mary’s and its All-American guard Patrick Mills at 5:30 on Sunday.
The 49ers (1-5) have lost five in a row since a season-opening victory over UNC-Greensboro, their longest losing streak since January, 1989.
“I’ve never been around a streak like this in my life,” coach Bobby Lutz said. “I still think this team is going to be good.”
“We did the same thing tonight. We kept fighting and just kept playing and stayed in the game,” Davis said. “All of a sudden you knock down some shots, you make a couple big stops and you put pressure on the other team. Momentum is a funny thing and we definitely had it in the last few minutes.”
St. Mary’s at 5:30PM on Sunday, for the fight for 5th place in the tournament