"I have exorcised the demons!!! This house is clear" [Game Recaps]

dave@friarblog —  December 6th, 2008 11:30 PM
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Let’s take a closer look at the Friars 66-65 win over URI on Saturday afternoon.

To get started, let me give you a little “Ace Ventura” clip to show what Geoff McDermott hopefully did to his foul shooting demons.

I’m pretty sure Geoff was doing this in the lockerroom right after the game, exclaiming “LOSERS” as Jimmy Baron stopped by to say hello to Jeff Xavier.  Let’s hope McDermott really did excorise his demons tonight, and can use this performance to really gain some confidence at the line for the rest of the season.

LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’

more on the Four Factors

Stats by StatSheet.com

The stats clearly show what a tight game this was all around.  The teams shot almost identically from the field, both shooting well in the first half (around 50%) and poor (36%) in the second half.

Total rebounding was somewhat even. URI had a big 21-14 advantage in the first frame, but the Friars responded with a 22-19 advantage in the 2nd.  However, URI held the offensive advantage at 11-8.  Despite the small offensive edge, URI had only 11 second chance points versus the Friars’ 12.  Surprisingly, guard Weyinmi Efejuku lead the Friars in offensive rebounding with 4.

The big difference in the game was obviously the foul line.  The Friars were able to get to the line more, and finally shot above 70%.  The most important foul shots were obviously by Geoff McDermott, whose two clutch freebies with 15 seconds left gave the Friars their final lead.  URI only got to the line 9 times, and were plagued by Kahiem Seawright’s 0-4 performance.

Stats by StatSheet.com

OTHER STAT NOTES

For more information on advanced stats, check out Ken Pomeroy’s ‘Stats Explained’ and his ‘Stats Primer

- As expected, the game was fairly fast paced, with 70 possessions each (The Friars were averaging about 73 a game).

- Offensive Rating by Half:

1st Half – 107.4

2nd Half – 80.7

- The 80 offensive rating in the 2nd half falls statistically among some of the worst ball the Friars have played in a half.  Just to compare, the Friars had a 76 rating in the first half of the Northeastern game, probably around a 60-something in the first half of the Baylor game (I don’t have complete TO/Reb data for the half, so its a guesstimate), and around low 80’s for the first half of the Sacred Heart game (same thing, incomplete data). Luckily for the Friars, URI played similarly.

- Effective FG % by Half:

1st Half – 50%

2nd Half – 40%

- The Friars had another poor 3-point shooting effort against a solid team (4-21).

- There were 18 lead changes in the game.

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.

Weyinmi Efejuku – Huge game from the senior…Helped the Friars keep up with URI in the first half with 15 points…big 3 with 2:33 left tied the game…also had team high 8 rebounds. He scored 20+ for the first time this season.

Geoff McDermott – TWO FOUL SHOTS IN A ROW.  With the game on the line. ‘Nuff said.

Marshon Brooks – For awhile seemed to be the only Friar that could make a 3…14 points and 5 rebounds (9 points, 5 rebounds in the second half)

Jimmy Baron – Had 18 points, but only 2 in second half (1-7 shooting)…had a chance to win the game but fell short

Kahiem Seawright – Seemed to be the only Ram who could score consistently in the 2nd half getting 10 of his 18 points.  However, he was 0-4 from the foul line.

Jeff Xavier – Can’t remember the last time X didn’t score at all in a game.  Didn’t shoot much in his final matchup versus Baron (he played against him in high school).

Brian McKenzie – Eating only one bowl a pasta after every game is gonna leave you starving at the end of the year buddy.

FROM THE TUBES THAT IS THE INTERNET

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

VIDEO OF POSTGAME WITH THE COACHES

Friars.com Boxscore

Friars.com Player quotes

CSTV Gametracker

StatSheet.com Boxscore

Boring Ass AP Article

Friars.com – “Men’s Basketball Defeats URI, 66-65, In Instant Classic”

The Providence College men’s basketball team (6-3) beat in-state rival Rhode Island (6-3) by a score of 66-65 on Saturday, December 6 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Senior Geoff McDermott (New Rochelle, N.Y.) hit two free throws in the game’s final minute to clinch the game for the Friars. Senior Weyinmi Efejuku (Fresh Meadows, N.Y.) led Providence with game-highs of 21 points and eight rebounds.

Projo.com – “PC 66, URI 65 — McDermott’s clutch free throws win a thriller for the Friars”

“I don’t know if there’s a guy I’d rather have at the line late in the game,” the Friars’ first-year coach said. “Out in California, when he got fouled late in the game against Charlotte, he made three of four [to help PC win that one].”

Projo.com – “PC shuts down Baron in second half”

With the game on the line in the final seconds, both coaches opted to let their teams play on rather than call a timeout.

URI did the expected — it got the ball to its best player, Jimmy Baron. Baron got within 12 feet and got a good shot, but was well-defended by Weyinmi Efejuku.

“I tried to make a play. It didn’t happen,” Baron said.

Projo.com – “Bill Reynolds — Two shots make all the difference for McDermott, PC”

This is what we all take for granted, of course. We watch the games. We see the visible emotion. We don’t see the inner emotional battle, like trying to shoot a free throw when your team is down one with 17.9 seconds left, and your hands are shaking, and all you can think of is you’re going to shoot an airball, and someone is going to run out and stamp “Goat” on your forehead.

Projo.com – “Close win gives Providence a chance to exhale”

But more important than the fixation over the PC-URI rivalry is the fact that the Friars were desperate for a win to feel good about. The season-opening home loss to Northeastern staggered this team, and the two losses at the 76 Classic in Anaheim only raised more doubts that this veteran group just may not have what it takes to elevate itself into the upper echelon of the Big East this season. Saturday’s win may not erase those doubts, but it was a game the Friars had to have.

Projo.com – “Keno enjoys his first taste of Rhode Island’s rivalry”

“I thought it was one of the best. When things are going well for you it gets loud,” Davis said. “As we improve as a program, the crowd will even be better and help us all the time. They are passionate fans here, and they just want greatness. Hopefully we’re building something and we have a really good year ahead of us.”

Sports Network Recap – “Providence vs. Rhode Island”

“I don’t know if there’s a guy I’d rather have at the line late in the game,” the Friars’ first-year coach said. “Out in California, when he got fouled late in the game against Charlotte, he made three of four [to help PC win that one].”

Projo.com – “Former URI assistant Pat Skerry helped the Friars stay on their toes”

For the previous three seasons, Skerry sat alongside Jim Baron on the Rams’ bench. He gained national recognition for his ability as a recruiter, but more importantly grew very close with everyone involved in the URI program. He left Kingston to join Keno Davis’ staff last June.

Kevin McNamara’s first half blog post

Kevin McNamara’s post game blog post – “PC edges Rams in classic, 66-65”

With 15.7 seconds on the clock and his team down by one, Geoff McDermott went to the free throw line and didn’t feel too good.
A nervous McDermott made the first of two free throws to tie and then a second to put his PC basketball team ahead of state rival Rhode Island, 66-65.

The Price is White: “Big Win At The Dunk!”

Just got back from the Rhode Island/Providence men’s basketball game at the Dunkin’ Donut’s Center, and it was a great game. This one is like the Louisville/Kentucky game (for you readers from the bluegrass) but just sclaled down a few notches and less death threats.

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