Friars Can’t Overcome Horrendous First Half, Lose 81-76

dave@friarblog —  December 1st, 2008 9:00 PM
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Good news was that I was able to watch half the game on a Justin.tv stream.  Bad news was that it was the entire first half — the Friars third straight poor performance in the first half of games.

The Providence Friars couldn’t hit anything, and their defense made it all too easy for St. Mary’s to score.  By the time the buzzer sounded to end the half, it was 48-28 St. Mary’s.

At several points the ESPNU announcers commented on “how bad the Providence defesnse was playing”, and “how it looked like St. Mary’s was running their offense in practice facing very little pressure”.

PC would play much better in the second half, but it was just too much to overcome.  With just under 5 minutes left, Providence cut the defecit to 6.  Weyemni Efejuku then missed a three-pointer that would have cut the lead in half.  A minute later, Patrick Mills (game high 24 points) hit a dagger of a three-pointer to push the lead up to 9.  The Friars missed a bunch of big foul shots in the closing minutes, and could not get the lead back under 7.

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Friars.com – “Men’s Basketball Defeated By Saint Mary’s, 81-75”

The Providence College men’s basketball team was defeated, 81-75, by Saint Mary’s College in the final day of the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif. With the loss, the Friars finish the tournament with a 1-2 mark and a sixth place finish.

Projo.com – “St. Mary’s 81, PC 75 — Friars finish Anaheim trip with 1-2 mark”

As a coach who inherited a team flush with seniors, you’d think Keno Davis would have a handle on his first Providence College basketball team by now. No such luck.

Projo.com – “Friars’ results in Anaheim show their lack of consistency”

Jonathan Kale was the Friars’ best player on the trip. He averaged 14 points and 7 rebounds and led PC with a career-high 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds yesterday. “Jon Kale was outstanding,” said Davis. “For him to get eight offensive rebounds is an incredible sign for us. We can go a long way with him.”

Mercury News – “Gaels prevail over Friars”

In Providence (4-3), the Gaels got a Big East team that at first appeared overmatched but then quickly became something else.

The Sports Network – “Recap: Providence vs. St Marys-CA”

Patrick Mills posted 24 points to lead his Saint Mary’s-CA Gaels to an 81-75 victory over the Providence Friars on the final day of the 76 Classic.

AussieHoopsAmerica.com – “Mills’ 24 points lifts Gaels over Providence”

The Gaels held a 20-point lead at halftime, and led by as much as 21 points in the second half before Providence cut the SMC lead to six points late in the game. Four of the five starters for SMC scored in double figures, and accounted for 75 of the 81 points

NBE Basketball Report – “News and Notes”

Providence showed heart not giving up on Sunday as they rallied from a 20-point halftime deficit to make a game out of it against St. Mary’s (CA), but the effort does not mask the fact that the Friars Finish Anaheim Trip With 1-2 Mark (Providence Journal) after the 81-75 loss.

The Friars Results in Anaheim Show their Lack of Consistency (Pro-Jo) and a sign that life in the Big East is going to be tough for Keno Davis in his first season.

Jonathan Kale, who was singled out by Davis as the Friars’ best player on the trip, had 20 points and 10 rebounds in Sunday’s loss.

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