The Friars are CHAMPIONS….of Rhode Island! [Game Recaps]

dave@friarblog —  December 23rd, 2008 5:16 AM
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…and Champions of the Sun…and masters of karate, and friendship….for EVERYONE!

Uh AHH AHHHHHHHHHH!

Sorry, but Friarblog REALLY misses new episodes of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”

Anyway, the Friars finished up their out of conference schedule on Monday night and beat up on fellow Rhody school Bryant 91-64.  After soundly defeating Brown, and narrowly edging out URI, the Providence Friars can officially crown themselves as the best team in Rhode Island for 2008!  So what if its the smallest state?  New Jersey is pretty small, and that kicks the shit out of every other state in the country.

The Friars head into their Big East season with an 8-4 record.  Their first conference game is against St. John’s on New Year’s Eve at the Dunk.

(Photo The Providence Journal / Kris Craig)

LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’

more on the Four Factors

Stats by StatSheet.com

As you can see, the Friars dominated in all aspects of the game (except that they were a little careless with the ball with 16 turnovers).  Thankfully PC was able to force an equal amount of turnovers — Sharaud Curry led the team with 4 steals.   Providence had such an overpowering advantage in offensive rebounding percentage that they didn’t even need to get an offensive rebound in the 2nd half!

Stats by StatSheet.com

OTHER STAT NOTES

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

Providence Offensive Rating by Half:

1st Half – 117.15

2nd Half – 139.7

Game: 131.9

Bryant Offensive Rating by Half:

1st Half – 88.2

2nd Half – 97.7

Game: 93.0

The Friars set their season high in Offensive Rating by narrowly edging out their performance in the Brown game (130.3).   Interestingly enough,  in both games the walk-ons had similar minutes since they were both blowouts.

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Providence Effective FG % by Half:

1st Half – 49%

2nd Half – 93% – NOT A TYPO, NINETY THREE FUCKING PERCENT!

Bryant Effective FG % by Half:

1st Half – 45%

2nd Half – 56%

The Friars smashed their record for eFG% in a half (which was 65%), I don’t think they will ever top it the rest of the year.

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- Bryant had 0 foul shot attempts in the first half and only 8 in the second.  The Friars went to the line 23 times.

- PC had 0 offensive rebounds in the second half and still had the advantage for the game 14-11.

- Walk-on Senior Forward Brian Beloin got his 3rd and 4th career points on hitting 2-4 foul shots in 3 minutes of PT.  He previously got a field goal in the Sacred Heart win.

- Other walk-ons Chris Baudinet (7 minutes), Luke Burchett (4 minutes), and Connor Heine (3 minutes) saw time but did not score.

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.

Geoff McDermott – 17 points and 7 boards…and 7-9 from the line!

Sharaud Curry – Great shooting night hitting 3 of 7 from downtown.  4 Steals too but only 1 assist.

Marshon Brooks – Silky smoooooth.  Two threes started Friar run in first half.

Cecil Gresham – Game high 24 points….hey Cecil wanna play 10 miles that-a-away?

Peter Lambert – Cumberland, RI native hit 2 threes and had 8 points.

Jeff Xavier – 0 points, 0-4 from downtown.  I really hope X finds his shot before the Big East starts.  He is so DUE!

BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!

StatSheet.com

Friars.com Gametracker

Friars.com Boxscore - moved this to third, bc no second half stats :(

ROUNDUP AROUND THE TUBES

Friars.com – “Men’s Basketball Bests In-State Foe Bryant, 91-64”

The Providence College men’s basketball team (8-4) defeated Bryant University (1-9) by a score of 91-64 on Monday, Dec. 22 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Friars shot 55.2 percent from the field, including a blistering 80 percent in the second half, en route to the victory. Sophomore Marshon Brooks (Stone Mountain, Ga.) paced the squad with 18 points in the game.

Projo.com – “Friars feast on undersized Bulldogs, 91-64”

They did not do it on purpose, but the Providence College and Bryant University basketball teams gave a textbook demonstration last night on the different levels of college basketball. There are reasons scouts recruit some players for Division I, while others end up in Division II.

Boring-Ass AP Article

Marshon Brooks scored 18 points off the bench and Geoff McDermott had a season-high 17 points as Providence beat Bryant 91-64 on Monday night.

Sharaud Curry added a season-high 16 points for Providence (8-4), who won by a season-best 27 points in their final non-conference tune-up.

Cecil Gresham had a game-high 24 points to lead Bryant (1-9), one of just two Bulldogs to reach double figures.

Chris Birrell added seven assists for Bryant, who dropped their seventh straight game.

Providence made just one of their first 10 three-pointers, but sunk nine of their next 16 to finish the game 39 percent from behind the arc. The Friars dominated the Bulldogs on the glass, 36 to 24, including 14 offensive rebounds.

Paul Kenyon Pre-game Blog Post

Paul Kenyon First Half Blog Post

Paul Kenyon Post Game Blog Post – “Friars sweep past Bryant, 91-64”

BryantBulldogs.com – “Friars Knock off Bulldogs, 91-64, in Monday Battle at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center”

Cecil Gresham (Bloomfield, Conn. / MCI) scored a game-high 24 points while grabbing a team-high 5 boards, but it was not enough as Providence knocked-off Bryant 91-64 Monday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

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