Quick turnaround with the 3rd game in 3 days coming up at 2:30 this afternoon. Let’s get a final roundup of PC’s win over Bucknell last night.
LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’
- Rebounding was clearly a huge factor in this game, and was a big reason why the Friars were able to keep things close in the first half despite their poor shooting. Bilal Dixon continued his offensive rebounding tear with 6, while three other Friars (Curry, McKenzie, and Greedy) had 3 offensive boards each.
- With the rebounding edge, PC had a 19-6 advantage in second chance points
- Brian McKenzie came up a few boards short of a double-double. BMac usually averages around 3 boards a game, but he did have 9 total twice last year. Good to see him active on the glass.
- The Friars turnover numbers aren’t terrible, but they are not great either. Curry and Brooks combined for 5 turnovers for the 2nd straight night. 9 of PC’s 13 total turnovers came in the first half.
OTHER STAT NOTES
The pace of the game was considerably slower than the Friars’ first game (74 possessions), but surprisingly they were almost as efficient (considering how poorly PC shot at times).
Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.
Sharaud Curry – Wasn’t a factor at all in the first half and had poor shooting numbers overall, but a big three and 8-8 from line down the stretch makes you forget about that
Bryan Cohen – Game high 18 points
Duke Mondy – “Best pure shooter on the team”, according to PC broacaster Joe Hassett. I think he knows a thing or two about shooting.
Bryson Johnson and GW Boon – Both 0-4 from downtown. Oof.
YOUR OBLIGATORY MARVIN BARNES QUOTE FOR THE GAME
BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!
AROUND THE INTERWEBS
The Providence College men’s basketball team (2-0) defeated Bucknell University (0-2) by a score of 76-65 on Saturday, November 14 in the second day of the World Vision Invitational at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Senior guard Sharaud Curry (Gainesville, Ga.) led the Friars with 17 points, including a perfect 8-for-8 mark from the free throw line to help PC clinch the win in the game’s final minutes.
BucknellBison.com: Providence Needs Late Rush to Outlast Bucknell, 76-65
For the second straight night the Bison men’s basketball squad put forth a superb effort, only to fall a little short at the end against a quality team. Saturday night it was Big East foe Providence, the host of the World Vision Invitational, pulling away late for a closer-than-the-score-appears 76-65 victory before a crowd of 7,163 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
After rolling past Bryant in their season-opener on Friday, the Friars ran into a major roadblock Saturday night in the Bucknell Bison. PC didn’t shoot well, couldn’t crank up the press or shift the tempo into the super-fast gear it likes.
Yet, with the game on the line, a team featuring several green-as-grass youngsters scratched out a 76-65 victory. PC will play a third game in three days Sunday afternoon against Mercer to wind up the World Vision Invitational.
WBRU News: PC bucks the Bison
The numbers and smarts were not in favor of the Friars tonight. They needed all arm strength they could muster, until they finally bullied the Bison off the court.
Boston Globe: Providence cooks with hot Curry
Sharaud Curry’s 17 points included an 8-for-8 effort from the foul line and a clutch 3-pointer with 1:28 remaining that was the crowning blow in Providence’s 76-65 victory over Bucknell in the second round of the World Vision Invitational at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Projo Hoops Blog: PC down at the half, 36-34
Playing poised on offense and tough on defense, Bucknell is giving PC all it can handle and more tonight at the Dunk.
Projo Hoops Blog: PC holds off Bucknell, 76-65
PC struggled with it shooting most of the way and could not muster enough defensive stops until the game’s final seven minutes.
Boring-ass AP Writeup: Providence grinds out 76-65 victory over Bucknell
Sharaud Curry scored 17 points and Bilal Dixon added nine rebounds as Providence won a gritty 76-65 victory over Bucknell on Saturday night.
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