The Providence Friars continued their success in BIG EAST play last night with a 62-54 victory over the DePaul Blue Demons.
PC’s offense finally played well in the first half (thanks Sharaud!), and played well enough to win in the 2nd (McDermott and Wey to the rescue). The big story of the game? Providence’s defense that held another BIG EAST team to under 40% shooting, less than 60 points, and less than an offensive efficiency rating of 85.
Does DePaul just plain suck, or do the Friars have something going on defense? That remains to be seen as the Friars play some tougher BIG EAST competition, especially on the road Wednesday against Cincinnati and Saturday at Georgetown.
However, the Friars still had to come to play on their home court, and are now 2-0 in the conference.
DePaul players working on their shot at the Dunk last night
LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’
- DePaul put up almost a replica shooting performance as St. John’s with a ghastly 37.7% eFG%, thanks to 3-19 (15.8%) from downtown.
- Both teams had identical rebounding numbers: 13 offensive and 26 offensive. However, the Friars capitalized more with 12 second chance points versus DePaul’s 6.
- Once again the Friars did not get to the line very well. Forwards Kale and Hanke did not get many shots inside, and the guards took a lot of threes.
- The Friars were able to cause slightly more turnovers (14) than DePaul has been averaging all year (12). However, PC only scored 11 points off those turnovers.
OTHER STAT NOTES
Unusually slow paced game for the Friars, who have been averaging 73 possessions a game.
Providence Offensive Rating by Half:
1st Half – 100.2
2nd Half – 93.8
This was the first time since the URI game that the Friars had a better offensive rating in the first half than in the second half, and the fourth time all season (also Maine and Brown).
DePaul’s Offensive Rating by Half:
1st Half – 81.4
2nd Half – 84.5
Providence Effective FG % by Half:
1st Half – 57%
2nd Half – 40%
This was the Friars best first half in eFG% since the Brown game, where they shot 67%.
DePaul’s Effective FG % by Half:
1st Half – 39%
2nd Half – 37%
The Friars held their opponent under 40% eFG% for the second straight 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.
Geoff McDermott – Stepped up in the second half with 11 points and NINE rebounds. His long three with the team up only 1 was huge.
Weyinmi Efejuku – Consistent in both halves! 4-7 from downtown a godsend.
Sharaud Curry – Led the Friars in the first half with 11 points, 4 boards. Heeee’s baaack.
Will Walker – DePaul guard was 3-9 from downtown…rest of the team? 0-10
Marshon Brooks – The only thing keeping him from the dreaded one bowl were some clutch offensive rebounds late in the game
Dar Tucker – 3rd leading scorer in the Big East held to 12 points on 4-17 shooting (0-6 from downtown)
BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!
ROUNDUP AROUND DeWEB
The win moved the Friars to 2-0 in the BIG EAST for the first time since the 2006-07 season. It is the third time since 2002-03 that PC has begun league play at 2-0.
DePaul (8-7, 0-2 BIG EAST) shot .351 from the field and just 3-for-19 free three-point range. Krys Faber came off the bench for 11 points and Mac Koshwal added 10 rebounds and seven points.
The Friars led 34-28 at the break and actually played pretty well. That wasn’t the case in the second half as DePaul woke up a bit offensively and became much more physical defensively with a man-to-man set.
The overriding positive development from this one is that the Friars won because of a gritty defensive effort. They limited the Blue Demons to 35-percent shooting and just 16 percent (3 of 19) from the 3-point line.
A bad shooting night by DePaul made it easy for Providence on Saturday as the Friars led from start to finish in a 62-54 victory.
“We needed to try to contain them,” added Davis. “They are a dangerous team. We wanted to take time off the clock and not (let them) get runs on us.”