Friars Can’t Overcome 2nd Half Meltdown, Fall Just Short Against #9 Hoyas 82-75

dave@friarblog —  January 10th, 2009 8:37 PM
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The Providence Friars  (11-5, 3-1) fell short again on the road, losing their first BIG EAST game of the season to the Georgetown Hoyas 82-75.

The Friars looked great in the first half, leading by as many by 9, and took a 36-33 lead into halftime.  Weyinmi Efejuku started out the game on fire, getting 11 points in the first half.

Four minutes into the second half, the Friars were up 44-40 thanks to Brian McKenzie’s third three-pointer of the game (he’s starting to come around, eh?).  Then it all went to hell.  Over the next 9 minutes the Hoyas went on a 26-6 run, thanks to poor Friar shooting, Greg Monroe being awesome, and horrible, horrible officiating.

However, the Friars did not quit when they were down 14 points with 6 minutes left.  They were able to cut the lead to THREE with a minute left, and had the ball.

Missed layup by Weyinmi Efejuku.  Monroe ends up with a fast break dunk.  Awful 4 point swing.  Sound familiar?  Almost the same scenario at the end of the BC game.  Frantic comeback in a short period of time; could have been in a position to win if not for a missed layup.

The Hoyas couldn’t hit their foul shots, but the Friars comeback fell short with missed threes on consecutive possessions by Sharaud Curry and Brooks.

Greg Monroe was phenomenal all around, getting 18 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals, and 3 blocks.  Whew.

The Hoyas just killed the Friars on the boards, with a 39-29 overall advantage.

Marshon Brooks led the Friars in scoring with 13 points, 15 of them in the 2nd half.

Providence continued their hot shooting from behind the arc, hitting 10-23 (43.5%).

Despite the loss, the Friars showed a lot in the this game — Hanging with one of the big boys of the B-EAST on their own home court, and showing a lot of heart in their 2nd half comeback.

Next game for the Friars is huge. ESPN2 against 4-0 Marquette next Saturday at the Dunk.

QUICK LINKS

Friars.com Gametracker

ESPN.com Boxscore

Check for the full recap article tomorrow!

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