What started out as an anti-three point contest, turned into a possible blowout, which then morphed into an almost tight game in the final two minutes.
Both teams shot like ass from behind the arc for the first 90% of the game — but the Friars shot less like ass overall and capilized on Cincy turnovers to hold a small lead for most of the game.
With 6:30 remaining in the game, the Friars led by SEVENTEEN points after several Cincinnati turnovers (they had 17 for the game) lead to easy Providence buckets. Randall Hanke was really getting it done on both ends of the court — he scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half.
Easy peasy win, eh? Not so fast chachi.
Dion Dixon (0 points in the first half) decided to take matters into his own hands and just start launching threes with no fear. He hit 3 in a row to cut the lead to 8. After finally missing one, Dixon hit yet another three. Cincinnati found themselves only down 7 with the ball, and only a few minutes remaining.
Uh oh. I already saw this episode over the weekend.
Thankfully, the Friars were able to make a few offensive plays and nail their foul shots down the stretch.
Sharaud Curry had a great game (especially in the first half, to spark the team when they were down by 4 points), finishing with 12 points, 5 assists, 4 steals, and 3 rebounds.
Jonathan Kale also was solid on offense, scoring 14 points on 5-6 shooting (4-6 from the LINE!).
Geoff McDermott led the game with 11 boards. Randall Hanke grabbed 7 rebounds to go along with his team high 15 points.
The Friars shot a disgusting 3-20 (15%) from downtown.
Mike Williams led Cincinnati in scoring with 21 points on 10-16 shooting. Cincinnati shot 6-20 (30%) from behind the arc, but 5 of those came in the last 5 minutes.
Cincy star Deonta Vaughn was held in check with only 6 points.
Check back tomorrow for the full recap as usual.