Meltdown Averted, Friars beat Northeastern 76-72

dave@friarblog —  December 2nd, 2009 2:15 AM
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What started out as a game with a nice comfy double digit lead turned into a near disaster in the final 3 minutes.  Providence was great for the most of the game, led by a sparkling 6-11 from downtown and some good defense (or just a lot of missed shots by Northeastern, short AND long).  PC led Northeastern by 11 with 3:38 to go.  Going to be an easy win right?  WRONG.  The sh*t just hit the fan, and started hitting everyone in the face.

The Friars just couldn’t close out Northeastern easily, as they missed two straight front ends of 1 in 1’s (McKenzie and Greedy) and had several costly turnovers (including VC, which crushed me) that led to easy buckets for NU.  Northeastern cut the lead to TWO with under a minute left.  Marshon Brooks then missed a shot, but Greedy Peterson thankfully got the ball.  However, the refs ruled that Marshon never touched rim, so there would be only ONE second left on the shot clock with only 15 seconds left.  Northeastern then inexplicably let Greedy Peterson easily catch the inbounds pass for an easy put back to give the Friars a 4 point cushion.   So much for my pleading for no alley-oops!  Carry on.

The Huskies had one last grasp, but Chaisson Allen missed a wide open layup leading to another Greedy rebound.  Crisis averted.

Greedy, Curry, and VC were pretty awesome throughout the entire game.

Well, this young Friars team got their first road win, and showed some guts in avoiding the collapse in crunch time.   Time to build on it and focus on the next one.

What about you Friartown?  Did you also have a panic attack, or are you used to it this season already?

Full recap tomorrow as always.

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