I just want to forget that this game ever happened. It’s not that the Friars played uninspired or gave up or anything (they played really hard), I just don’t want this game to be remembered as the last game at the DUNK for this senior class. I want their last memory there to be Jonathan Kale kissing midcourt with the sea of people swarming the players. Screw this game, screw the NIT — that is how I am going to remember them leaving the DUNK.
Thank you for your 4 years (well Jeff 2) of Providence College basketball. It’s sure going to be weird next year not seeing you guys on the court, since you’ve been playing almost every minute since your freshman years. While I’m sure each season did not end the way everyone expected, you represented the school with absolute class. You’ve had your ups and downs, but you gave us a game late in your careers that we will all remember for the rest of our lives.
I wish you all the best of luck in your life after Providence College.
You will always be Friars.
Now on to the game that I would like to forget.
LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’
- Miami came into the game as a great rebounding team, and they definitely showed it against the Friars. While Marshon Brooks and Jonathan Kale led the game with 5 offensive rebounds each, 5 different Miami players had at least 2 offensive boards. Overall, Miami held a 44-35 rebounding advantage
- Three point shooting was a big deciding factor in the game. Jack McClinton pretty much did the job himself hitting 7 threes. Most of the Friars save Brian McKenzie (!) were cold from behind the arc.
- Weyinmi Efejuku was able to draw a ton of contact inside, going 9/10 from the line.
OTHER STAT NOTES
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.
Jack McClinton – Everyone was saying how he struggled towards the end of the season. Nothing like facing the Friars defense to get you going, eh?
Brian McKenzie – Realistically I think BMac had a 3 bowl night (I’ll look the other way on the 4 turnovers and the poor coverage of McClinton), but I think he should get his first 4 bowl of the season. It will keep him full for next year!
Dwayne Collins – A beast on the boards
Marshon Brooks - Just for getting his own rebound and slamming it home…awesome play
Sharaud Curry – Tough way to end his great season. Just didn’t have it from behind the arc and didn’t get any penetration.
YOUR OBLIGATORY MARVIN BARNES QUOTE FOR THE GAME
BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!
AROUND THE INTERWEBS
Senior guard Weyinmi Efejuku scored a team-high 16 points, but it was not enough as the Providence men’s basketball team (19-14) lost to Miami (18-12) 78-66 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) Wednesday night at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
Projo.com: One and done for Providence College
With the season on the line Wednesday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, the Friars didn’t show up with all their guns blazing and the Miami Hurricanes escaped with a hard-earned 78-66 victory in a first round National Invitation Tournament game.
Projo.com: Postgame notes: Davis lauds the departing seniors
Davis said that while he’s happy with 19 wins and a trip to the NIT in his first season, he sees better days ahead. He’s not sure how quickly he’ll retool the program, but he knows the exiting players have helped him in a major way.
Projo.com: March of disappointment for PC’s seniors
The Friars’ season ended Wednesday night in a 78-66 first round NIT loss to Miami and also ended the career of five PC seniors. The core of the group completes its college career with a 1-5 record in March. The Friars finished 1-3 in the Big East Tournament and 0-2 in the NIT over the last four seasons.
It would have been nice for Weyinmi Efejuku and Geoff McDermott, for Jonathan Kale, and Randall Hanke, and Jeff Xavier, to have that win over the Panthers to always remember as their final game in the Dunk.
Instead, they’re stuck with the miserable memory of Wednesday night’s disappointing, 78-66 defeat at the hands of the Miami Hurricanes in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.
Jack McClinton found his shooting touch and the University of Miami rediscovered how to win a tight game.
McClinton scored 25 points and matched a career-high with seven three-pointers — hitting two clutch, long-distance bombs down the stretch — to lift the turnover-prone Hurricanes past Providence 78-66 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
The Sports Network: Recap: Providence vs. Miami-Florida
Miami held the Friars to a poor 32.3 percent shooting effort in the first 20 minutes of action and went into the break with a 33-28 advantage.
The Hurricanes pulled even further away in the second stanza and eventually won by a 12-point margin, thanks to a 46.4 percent shooting effort and a 14- of-17 clip from the foul line over the last 20 minutes of play.