The Providence Friars returned to action at home and easily took care of an inferior Brown (3-4) team by a score of 86-62. PC improves to 5-3 on the year.
The Friars FINALLY jumped off to a good start, taking control of the game early on with solid inside play. With a healthy 8-10 point lead for the first ten minutes of the game, Marshon Brooks apparently took it upon himself to make it a blowout. Brooks scored 15 points in the LAST 5 MINUTES of the first half, scoring in all kinds of ways. Draining long NBA threes, smooth jump shots, and incredible drives, Brooks ended up with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the HALF.
During the game when Brooks first came in and made one shot, Friar announcer Joe Hasset said “Brooks is the best player on this team”. No doubt Marshon backed that statement for the rest of the game.
Brooks was all over the court — scoring like crazy, pulling down rebounds, and making gorgeous passes.
I thought the play of the game was a three-point attempt by Brown which was blocked by the long arms of Brooks, who then got the ball and drove down the court with only one remaining Brown defender between him and the basket. Instead of waiting for any others to catch up, Brooks somehow squeezed by the defender and flipped the ball up for a score and a foul. Even better? He HIT THE FUCKING FOUL SHOT! Just an awesome performance by Brooks. He really is fun to watch.
LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’
It’s clear that the difference of the game was phenomenal shooting by the Friars (51% FG%, 57% eFG) and poor shooting by Brown (33% FG%, 39% eFG%). Was it the Brown shooters and their inability to get uncontested shots, or tenacious Friar defense? To me it seemed like a little of both. Brown did have a lot of open threes missed, but the Friars really forced them deep into the shot clock on a lot of possessions. It’s well known the Friars have been hurt by poor defense, so the next few games will really show if they are indeed improving.
Both teams only had 9 turnovers, with PC only having 2 in the first half, and Brown only 2 in the 2nd half. The 9 turnovers were a season low the Providence Friars.
PC really dominated on the glass, lead by Randall Hanke with 10 rebounds (5 offensive). Geoff McDermott and Jonathan Kale each had 8.
OTHER STAT NOTES
- Providence seems to be going back and forth between paces of games. Since the third game, they have been switching between mid-60 possession games and high 70/80 possession games. The Friars had 68 possessions against Brown. Does this mean a super fast paced game against URI?
- Statistically, the Friars played their best half of the season in the first frame. They had a 67% eFG% and an offensive rating of 149 (both highs for one half of play)
- The Friars offensive rating for the game was 130.3….JUST a shade below the season high of the Sacred Heart game, which was 130.6.
- The Friars eFG% for the game was 58%, tying the season high of the game against Maine.
- Walk-ons played 14 total minutes. Senior forward Chris Baudinet played 8 MINUTES. This guy must REALLY bust his ass in practice and impress coach Keno Davis, because he’s been seeing some good minutes for a walk-on.
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.
Marshon Brooks – Electrifying off the bench. Draining threes and driving to make acrobatic layups…phenomenal no look passes….pulled down 5 boards and even blocked a three pointer…what can’t this guy do out there?
Randall Hanke – a SOLID double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds (is the UCONN blog prophetic? )…could have finished on more great passes he was fed
Sharaud Curry – 14 points, 8 assists (probably should have had more). ZERO turnovers. Looked sharp.
Chris Baudinet – He only played 8 minutes in garbage time, but I gotta give Chris some recognition for hitting a 3 and a nice long jumper…his first career points! Congrats Chris!
Adrian Williams – his 3-point shooting kept Brown from not getting totally blown out early, but he cooled off in the 2nd half.
Jeff Xavier – 1-9 from the field, 0-5 from downtown…he even missed his first foul shot of the season (he had been 16-16)…just wasn’t his night.
Brian McKenzie – paging BMac…paging BMac to the 2008-09 season
Peter Sullivan – Brown’s leading scorer hit his season average (16 points), but they were mostly done in garbage time…where was he in the first half when the Friars were pulling away?
FROM THE TUBES THAT IS THE INTERNET
The Providence College men’s basketball team (5-3) cruised to an 86-62 win over Brown University (3-4) on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Sophomore guard Marshon Brooks (Stone Mountain, Ga.) led the Friars with 22 points and added five rebounds, marking the second time that Brooks has eclipsed the 20-point mark this season.
The Friars have trounced Brown, 86-62, with one of the their better defensive efforts of the season.
The Providence College Friars showed no vestiges of last weekend’s disappointing trip to Anaheim last night as they tore into Brown for an easy 86-62 victory at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. PC led by double digits after 12 minutes and never looked back as its size and quickness overwhelmed the Bears most of the way.
NEXT UP FOR THE FRIARS
The RHODE ISLAND Championship (ok, not officially)! The Friars face off against a tough URI team on Saturday afternoon at 2PM. THE DUNK will be a rockin’.
Many thanks to Zack, Mamma Mia, and “Guest” for stopping by the LIVE BLOG to chat during the game.