If you told any PC fan before the weekend started that the Friars would be 3-0, they would have taken it in a heartbeat — even if it included a panic-attack inducing closing 5 minutes of the final game to win out the World Vision Invitational by edging Mercer 79-77. It wasn’t easy, but 3-0 sounds pretty good to me. Three games in three days is always going to be tough, but the Friars were able survive the game (AND Tim Higgins).
The last 10 minutes were not pretty by any means — The Friars just need to find ways to be more consistent and play like they did for the first 30 mins (which could get overlooked — they were awesome on both ends of the court).
Marshon Brooks was named tournament MVP for his silky smoothness and overall ungaurdableness. Even though I’m a New York guy, I’m pretty sure I have to like Paul Pierce now.
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- Both teams had struggles from the field at times (for PC, everyone not named Marshon Brooks). Whereas Mercer just spread it out over most of the game, the Friars had a horrendous stretch for the last 10 minutes of the game where they could not buy a bucket. Too often they settled for quick threes within the offense. At one point they had at least 12 missed shots in a row, and 9 were from behind the arc. Things were so bad it appeared Brooks hit a 3 that would give the Friars some breathing room, and it somehow popped out of the rim and rolled around for about 5 minutes — announcer John Rooke even called it good right before it popped back out.
- The Friars only had 3 turnovers the entire game, which gave them a 14-3 advantage in points off turnovers. That has to be the fewest they have had in a long, long time.
- PC won the battle of the boards, mainly thanks to Greedy’s 11 offensive rebounds (22 total). The next highest total in rebounds for the Friars was Marshon with 7. Daniel Emerson also had an impressive game on the glass with 16 boards for Mercer.
- PC had 21 total offensive rebounds, and 20 second chance points as a result. Lots of missed opportunities there.
- Both teams did well getting to the line, but they really struggled once they got there down the stretch. Sharaud Curry, usually a killer foul shooter, went 2-5. Brooks would never use this as an excuse, but I think his ankle must have had something to do with his 3 big misses. Daniel Emerson’s two misses with Mercer down 1 was a huge factor.
OTHER STAT NOTES
Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.
Marshon Brooks – He could not be gaurded in the first half. If he didn’t roll his ankle in the 2nd…
Greedy Peterson – Despite only going 5-20 from the field, 22 rebounds is simply incredible. Just work on those alley-oops!
Daniel Emerson – It’s tough to give him only two since he had 16 rebounds and 12 points, but his two missed foul shots with Mercer down 1 was a killer.
Tim Higgins – Is any explanation needed?
YOUR OBLIGATORY MARVIN BARNES QUOTE FOR THE GAME
BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!
AROUND THE INTERWEBS
The Providence College men’s basketball team (3-0) edged Mercer College (2-1) by a score of 79-77 on Sunday, Nov. 15 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center to win the World Vision Invitational. Junior guard/forward Marshon Brooks (Stone Mountain, Ga.) paced the Friars with 26 points and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
MercerBears.com: Mercer Falls to Providence, 79-77
The Bears (2-1) used a 12-3 run over a three minute period midway through the second half as junior Jeff Smith nailed a three-pointer and came right back with a driving layup to get the Bears back in the contest and completely change the game’s momentum. Mercer went to a zone defense and held the Friars to only three points from the 10:34 – 3:57 mark.
Projo.com: World Vision Invitational: Friars nearly cough it up, but hold on to beat Mercer
When the college basketball world looks up and sees that Providence College won the World Vision Invitational over the weekend with three expected wins, it will let out a collective yawn. If they only knew.
“I just jumped trying to get a rebound and came down on somebody’s foot,” said Brooks. “It doesn’t take much for my ankle to swell up. I knew something was wrong. I tried to play through it without the coaches knowing, but they caught me.”
Brooks came off the floor and eventually limped back to the PC locker room. “We were up by 19 and I told the trainer I wasn’t going to play again,” he said.
But over the next few minutes, Brooks heard a curious rumbling from the stands. He realized it was Mercer’s sizable cheering section as the Bears began a 14-0 run that changed the complexion of the game. “I could hear their crowd going wild, so I knew something wasn’t going right,” he said. “So we taped it back up. I came back out and we were up seven.”
Projo Hoops Blog: PC Beats Mercer 79-77
The Providence College Friars nearly let a chance at a title slip away Sunday but hung on and edged Mercer University, 79-77.
Mercer had two chacnes to tei the score in the final 10 seconds but couldn’t hit the rim on either possession.
Projo Hoops Blog: Greedy Peterson grabs 22 rebounds; once had 42
Peterson snatched 22 rebounds against Mercer, 11 offensive and 11 defensive. That’s the highest rebound number by a Friar in 16 years. Michael Smith grabbed 26 boards in a win against Syracuse on Jan. 25, 1994.
Projo Hoops Blog: Florence nets 23; Curry gets win
Curry played three seasons of prep basketball at Wheeler High, a Georgia powerhouse. He helped the team to the state 5A title in 2003 and 2005. In `05, Florence came off the bench and provided a major spark. Wheeler finished 31-1 in `05 with Florence scoring a game-high 19 points and stuffing the stat sheet for 14 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals in the championship game.
WBRU News: Providence Survives Mercer, improves to 3-0
Although its hard to criticize a team thats started 3-0, there are many glaring flaws on this young team. Once again, the Friars had difficulty shooting the 3. They often took too many contested shots with at least 20 seconds left on the shot clock. For them to have success in the Big East, their going to have to begin calling for more picks to try and create open shots. Too often there are 4 Friars who stand on the perimeter waiting for their turn to take a difficult shot. Instead, the Friars should allow Curry and Brooks to drive and attempt to break down defenses to kick it out for open shots. If they don’t clean up their offense, this is going to be a long year at the Dunk.
Boring-ass AP Writeup: Brooks scores 26 as Providence edges Mercer 79-77
The Truth About PC Basketball: PC Mercer Live Blog
4:33: Curry just got called for an over the back. I’m gonna call shenanigans on that one. He can’t get over the back on anyone. He’s like 5′2″. EMERSON MISSED BOTH SHOTS AND WE GOT THE REBOUND! HOLY SHIT WHAT A CHOKE ARTIST!
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