Friars Can’t Make Layups, Still Almost Pull Off Crazy Comeback

dave@friarblog —  December 20th, 2008 11:25 PM
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The Providence Friars lost to Boston College today by a final score of 81-76.  Strangely enough, the defense wasn’t that bad. The offense was the culprit today, as the Friars couldn’t buy a basket (when they were not committing turnovers left and right).  Layups, jumpers, threes…open, contested…you name it.  Couldn’t make anything.  Especially close layups.

PC dug themselves in a hole by trailing by 9 at the half after shooting just 30%.  BC had their shooting troubles as well, but really dominated on the offensive glass.

The Friars went on a few runs early in the second half, cutting the lead to 2 with 12 minutes left after Wey three point play.  But every time the Friars got close BC would answer and push the lead back to 7 or 9.

The BC lead got as high as 14 with 4 mins left, and it looked like the game was way over.  However the Friars went on one last run thanks to a ton of BC fouls (3 players fouled out) and poor BC foul shooting.  The Friars had the ball down 3 with 30 seconds left, but Brian McKenzie missed a point blank layup and McDermott couldn’t get the tip in to go.

Tyrese Rice had a poor shooting day (6-15), but still had 20 points.

Jeff Xavier had 16 points for the Friars.

The Friars

Providence FG%: 26-71 (36%)

Providence 3FG%: 3-17 (17.6%)

Layups missed: 1,087

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AP Recap

Josh Southern grabbed a key rebound, sank a pair of free throws, blocked a shot and then hit another two free throws — all in the final 10.7 seconds — to lead Boston College to a 81-76 victory over Providence on Saturday.

Tyrese Rice scored 20, and Joe Trapani added 18 for the Eagles (9-2), who saw their 12-point lead with 3:17 left cut to two points in the final 32 seconds. Then Southern took over, sinking 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch and stopping Providence (7-4) on defense as well.Jeff Xavier scored 16 and Geoff McDermott had eight points and 11 rebounds for Providence, which never led in the game despite a too-late rally to cut a 66-52 deficit to 76-74 in final minute.

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