As Georgetown Hoya super freshman Greg Monroe played a complete game of perfect harmony, the Providence Friars could not overcome playing like a squeaky clarinet for 7 minutes in the second half.
Despite playing a great first half and fighting back at the end to almost erase a 15 point deficit, The Providence Friars lost a tough one on the road yesterday, falling to Georgetown 82-75.
LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’
- Before the game everyone talked about how rebounding was going to be key, and that was definitely true yesterday. Georgetown had typically struggled in allowing opposing teams to succeed in offensive rebounding, but Providence could not capitalize. Randall Hanke led the team with 4 offensive boards, and Geoff McDermott (the team’s ORB leader) was held to only 2. Trying to stay away from further foul trouble could have contributed to McD’s low totals. Providence was outrebounded altogether 41-29.
- Georgetown’s 54.7 free-throw rate was the Friars’ 4th worst allowed, behind St. Mary’s (57.4), Baylor (59.2), and BC (60.3). These games were all losses, and constantly fouling at the end to try to extend the game obviously had a lot to do with all of these games. However, in this game the Hoyas attempted 8 foul shots in the last minute. Take away those, and you are still looking at a ~40 FT Rate, still considerably better than the Friars’ 28 FT Rate. During that fateful 7 minute stretch where PC could not score, they were getting absolutely no help from the officials.
OTHER STAT NOTES
1ST HALF – 29
2ND HALF – 43
Providence Offensive Rating by Half:
1st Half – 120.6
2nd Half – 89.6
The Friars obviously had an excellent first half in scoring, thanks to 5-9 first half threes. They also shot well from behind the arc in the second half, but their 7 minute stretch where they scored only two points severely hampered their 2nd half play.
Georgetown’s Offensive Rating by Half:
1st Half – 110.6
2nd Half – 112.6
It’s surprising to see similar rating numbers for each half for G’Town. The first half was paced fairly slow, but Georgetown was still very efficient. The fact that PC took a 3 point advantage into the half shows how well their offense played.
Providence Effective FG % by Half:
1st Half – 55%
2nd Half – 46%
PC shot right around their season average today. In the four BIG EAST games for Georgetown this year, only Notre Dame had a better eFG% (51.8%).
Georgetown’s Effective FG % by Half:
1st Half – 56%
2nd Half – 61%
Game – 58%
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.
Greg Monroe - 13 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals, 2 blocks, 15 hot dogs sold….and I’m pretty sure he stuck around the Verizon center to play in the Wizards game that night and had 50 points.
Marshon Brooks – 15 second half points helped spur a furious comeback that ultimately fell short
Austin Freeman – tied for game-high 18 points. 7/11 from the field and 7 boards
Brian McKenzie – 3-4 from downtown (7-15 over his last 5 games)
Weyinmi Efejuku – Awesome first half, but not a factor in the 2nd
Geoff McDermott – Foul trouble, 1-8 from the field.
BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!
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Austin Freeman scored 18 points, Greg Monroe nearly had a triple-double, and No. 9 Georgetown held Providence scoreless for more than 6 minutes to rally for an 82-75 victory Saturday that ended the Hoyas’ two-game Big East losing streak.
On SportsCenter Saturday morning, the ESPN crew said Georgetown freshman center Greg Monroe may already be the nation’s best passing big man.
As if eager to prove the pundits correct, Monroe put on a splendid display against the Providence Friars, using an array of no-look bounce passes and laser-like chest passes to facilitate the offense from the high post and rack up a career-high eight assists — a number that easily could have been much higher had his teammates finished a handful of makeable layups.
After playing with plenty of poise and confidence for the opening 25 minutes yesterday, the Providence Friars’ offense somehow disappeared for six critical minutes. So did the team’s unblemished Big East record.
Despite passing up numerous shots and not touching the ball enough in the lane, Monroe was clearly the star of the Hoyas’ 82-75 win over Providence. The 6-foot-11 center consistently maneuvered into the teeth of PC’s zone defense and picked the Friars apart with some pinpoint passing.
If Georgetown goes on to enjoy a successful Big East campaign, the Hoyas can circle Saturday’s 82-75 victory against Providence as their seminal moment of maturation.
Georegtown’s current crop of sophomores and freshmen, with two McDonald’s All-Americans in each class, boasts the kind of pedigree that has ushered in a new era of Hoyas basketball under head coach John Thompson III.
On Saturday at Verizon Center, the underclassmen also proved they can play with just the kind of tenacity, toughness and grit that has marked Georgetown teams for decades. With senior Jessie Sapp and junior DaJuan Summers – the lone members of their respective classes – on the bench, the young guns lifted the Hoyas from an atrocious first-half performance and broke the back of Providence with a 21-2 second-half run en route to a 82-75 victory in front of 12,764.
“This is the Big East,” said Georgetown head coach John Thompson III. “We didn’t come out as focused as we should have. That’s a veteran team, they play like a veteran team. They don’t make mistakes. They put a group out on the floor that doesn’t get rattled. They know what they’re looking for, having all those upperclassmen makes a big difference and they came out like an upper- class team. Once we settled into the game we were fine.”
The first thing I noticed is the dramatic difference in pace between the two halves: there were nearly 50% more possessions in the 2nd half. I went and looked at the play-by-play to see if the Friars were giving fouls with lots of time left in the Vesper half to extend the game (i.e. increase possessions), but I see only four fouls given in the last 1:00 of play. I do notice that offensive rebounds dropped quite a bit from 1st to 2nd half for both teams, so this may have contributed.