OK, I know “Soft Kitty” (for those “Big Bang Theory” fans out there) is only for when you are sick, but I needed some comforting words after the Friars let another close loss slip away in the final minutes.
Note: If you don’t watch “Big Bang Theory”, this might not make any sense whatsoever. I HIGHLY recommend watching it though.
LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’
- BC put together a strong eFG% despite not hitting a three point shot (0-10!). This shows you just how well they shot from the inside — However, PC made it extremely easy for the Eagles by allowing 812 (by my count) easy layups. BC scored SIXTY-FOUR of their 82 points in the paint.
- BC had a slight edge in offensive rebounding overall, but they really did their damage in the first half and in crunch time. Reggie Jackson had 7 offensive boards, while Cory Raji pulled down 5 offensive for the game. One of the turning points in the game was a big rebound off a missed BC foul shot — Reggie Jackson grabbed it, allowing BC to get a second chance and get a 3 point play to take the lead. Greedy Peterson led the Friars with 5 offensive rebounds, and it helped PC keep pace on the glass in the 2nd half. 7 PC players had at least 1 ORB.
- Turnovers (in general) were not much of a factor, especially in the 2nd half. Each team only committed 3. I say in general, because one of those three turnovers for the Friars was the killer — Sharaud Curry drove the lane and lost the ball with PC down 1 with under a minute to go.
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.
Reggie Jackson – “I don’t have your f**king ball!!!”
Joe Trapani – Apparently he was suffering from flu-like symptoms. Too bad the Friars were suffering from can’t-guard-the-inside symptoms.
Vincent Council - I think it’s safe to say this kid is going to be a player
Marshon Brooks – Gets two for his great 2nd half performance, but was quiet in the first half
Brian McKenzie – I’m running out of things to say
BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!
AROUND THE INTERWEBS
COX Post Game Show
The Providence College men’s basketball team (4-2) fell to Boston College (4-2) by a score of 82-77 in the 104th meeting between the schools on Saturday, Nov. 28 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Friars erased a 14-point second-half deficit to take a two point lead with under two minutes to play, but Boston College scored the final five points of the game to secure the victory for the Eagles. Senior guard Sharaud Curry posted 20 points and dished out eight assists to pace the Friars.
BCEagles.com: Men’s Basketball Defeats Providence 82-77
Sophomore Reggie Jackson tallied 20 points and 12 rebounds – both career highs – and junior Corey Raji totaled 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Boston College to an 82-77 win over Providence before 10,782 fans in the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Junior Joe Trapani finished with 19 points and eight rebounds, while classmate Josh Southern netted 11 points.
The youth and inexperience that has excited the Friars’ fan base this season was on full display in the first marquee home game of the year, against Boston College. With a big crowd (10,782) on hand thirsting for a big win, the team came out and couldn’t play much worse in an ugly first half.
The Friars’ fifth-year senior guard said he made sure to tell his teammates, many of whom were playing a marquee opponent at home for the first time, that they paid dearly for not playing with enough intensity right out of the gate. That lapse helped Boston College to its 82-77 win.
“We came out, for whatever reason, and didn’t play well,” said Curry. “They came out hard and got us on the rebounds and that really hurt us. We dug ourselves a big hole. I was just telling the guys that we can’t do that. The games are about to get tougher and we have to come out right from the jump with very high intensity.”
BostonGlobe: Hard work goes long way for BC
After holding Providence College to 30.6 percent shooting (11 of 36) in the first half and dominating them on the glass (28 to 16), in the paint (38 points to 10), and on the fast break (14-4), piling the lead as high as 18 points, it made sense for Boston College to wonder how it was down by 2 with less than two minutes to play.
The Sun Chronicle: PC rally falls short
“The intensity wasn’t there from the beginning,” related Brooks of the Friars not attacking the backboard, while neither their zone or man-to-man defenses (BC shot 51 percent for the game) were terribly effective.
WEEI.com: Eagles Win in a Nail-Biter
It was a game that at one point looked like a runaway win. But after a furious comeback by the Friars, the Eagles were once again tested by a late run from an opponent that refused to go away. Unlike its previous loss at the hands of Northern Iowa, Boston College managed to hold on and come out on the winning end.
“We’re very fortunate to win,” BC coach Al Skinner said. “It shows a certain amount of mental toughness, and it was nice to see, because we had enough excuses not to win the basketball game.”
Boston Herald: Boston College Eagles Hold on
The PC lead was two with 1:43 left, after a Bilal Dixon layup off a feed from Curry, but BC was able to regroup. Center Josh Southern (11 points) took a feed in the lane from a driving Biko Paris (eight points, eight assists), hit an awkward-looking basket while being fouled to tie the game, then finished the three-point play with 42.9 seconds left.
“Coach is always saying roll to the basket when point guards are penetrating baseline,” Southern explained. “So I just rolled, he saw me, I kind of fumbled it a little bit, but I got it up to the rim and got fouled.”
Projo Hoops Blog: BC holds off Friars, 82-77
Boston College nearly blew a big lead but has hing on to defeat Providence College, 82-77.
Reggie Jackson led BC with 20 points. Joe Trapani added 19 and Corey Raji had 16. PC was led by Sharaud Curry’s 20 points.
The Truth About PC Basketball: Halftime Report: PC vs BC
Bright spots: Sharaud has a team leading 9 points, plus 2 assists, although he still can’t put home a three. VC has 6 on a pair of threes, and actually has a block. His speed really has helped out on the defensive end as well. I really like him a lot. BC is 0-7 from three point range, so I guess there’s some perimeter defense. Or they just have no three point shooters. Also, we have our first Shawna Hassett sighting of the year.
The Truth About PC Basketball: BC Postgame Rant
Way back on December 23, 2008, Providence College lost to Boston College despite a furious second half comeback that fell just short. Frustrated, two PC students created a blog called The Truth About PC Basketball on which they could air their grievances with the infuriating Friars, who never should have had to put together such a big comeback to an arguably inferior BC team.
Different year, same story.
Boring-ass AP Writeup: Boston College holds off Providence in 82-77 win
Josh Southern scored on a three-point play with 43 seconds left and Boston College withstood Providence’s late rally in an 82-77 win on Saturday night.
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