Northeastern Game Roundup

dave@friarblog —  December 2nd, 2009 2:31 PM
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Ah, feels good to finally be on the other end of one of these.  Northeastern dug themselves a small hole with their play in the first half (much like the Friars against BC), but their comeback from a 13 point defcicit eventually fell short (much like the Friars against BC).  In the end, the Friars made the play they needed to in order pull out a tough road win.

They even avoided the dominance of Nkem “Kwjybo” Ojougboh!

LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’

More on the Four Factors

  • Excellent shooting was clearly a big factor in PC’s win.  Their 62.1 effective FG % (weighs 3-pointers more) was the best they have had all season (2nd was against Vermont at 57.1).  While the Friars were unconscious from downtown in that UVM game, they took 20 less shots against Northeastern and opted for higher percentage shots — they only took ELEVEN threes (only three in the 2nd half too).  PC’s previous “low” was 21.
  • Northeastern shot above their season average of eFG%, but that was probably helped out by the easy buckets off turnovers.  NU struggled from behind the arc most of the night, and didn’t hit their first three until the 2nd half — Matt Janning and Chase Allen were a combined 0-5 from 3FG.
  • Northeastern only had 12 turnovers, but 10 came in the 1st half as PC made their big run to give them a nice lead for most of the game.   The Friars capatilized big time, scoring 17 points off those 10 turnovers.
  • PC had trouble taking care of the ball in both halves.  Their 16 turnovers were the 2nd most this season (19 against UVM, although the 2nd half was mostly played by reserves).  Sharaud Curry and Marshon Brooks combined for 9 of TO’s.  I know they are the ones that have the ball most of the time, but yikes.
  • The rebounding game was uncomfortably close, but one of the Friars offensive boards saved the game.  Jamine Peterson (9 rebounds, 4 offensive) grabbed a missed Marshon Brooks shot with 15 seconds left, of course setting up the game icing out of bounds alley-oop play.  You can blast Brian McKenzie all you want about his lack of scoring production and his McDermott-ness at the foul line, but BMac pulled in 8 rebounds (2 offensive) for the game. Ojougboh pulled most of the rebounding weight for Northeastern, getting 6 offensive rebounds and 13 overall.

OTHER STAT NOTES

Possessions: 66

Efficiency Ratings

PC: 115.2

Northeastern: 109.1

  • It’s interesting that the game ended up at only 66 possessions (Northeastern’s average).  It seemed that there were numerous times where both teams quickly kept trading baskets, and many turnovers led to fast breaks.
  • The 109.1 efficiency rating is the 3rd highest the Friars have allowed so far this season (Boston College – 115.5, Alabama – 116.7)

Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.

Jamine Peterson – We’ll give a pass for the missed front end of the 1 in 1, but Greedy was fantastic all game.  He was great down low, and only took 1 three!  More importantly, he got several clutch rebounds, and of course had the game icing alley-oop as the shot clock ran down.

VIncent Council – The man crush grows each and every game.  He hits big shots, makes big passes, and HITS HIS FOUL SHOTS.

Nkem Ojougboh – This dude was a beast down low, grabbing 13 rebounds and causing havoc for the Friars in the lane with 3 blocks.

Matt Janning – The Friars were able to relatively keep him in check this year, as he still went for 18 points.  However, he was 0-2 from downtown.

Marshon Brooks – Had a couple of really really big threes, but  just couldn’t shake the target Northeastern had on him.  Also had 4 turnovers, including one big one in the final two minutes.

Chaisson Allen – As Keith Lavon pointed out in our Q+A yesterday, the better Allen plays, the better chance Northeastern has to win.  He missed a huge open layup that could have cut the deficit to 2 with little time remaining.  Hey, he’ll always have his YouTube career.

BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!

Friars.com Boxscore

StatSheet.com Boxscore

AROUND THE INTERWEBS

COX Postgame Video

Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Earns A 76-72 Win At Northeastern

The Providence College men’s basketball team (5-2) defeated Northeastern (2-3) by a score of 76-72 on Tuesday, December 1 at Matthews Arena. Senior Sharaud Curry (Gainsesville, Ga.) led the Friars with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooing from the field and 3-3 from behind the arc.

GoNU.com: PC squeaks out win over Northeastern 76-72

Northeastern, down 13 points with less than five minutes to play, staged a furious rally to get within one possession of Providence, but the Friars escaped with a 76-72 victory over the Huskies Tuesday in front of 2,622 fans at Matthews Arena. Matt Janning led the Huskies with 18 points, and Nkem Ojougboh posted a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Providence shot an impressive 56.4 percent from the field to come away with the victory.

“Both teams played extremely hard,” said Northeastern head coach Bill Coen. “The difference in the game was that Providence really made some big plays when they needed to, whether it was make shots at the end of shot clocks or at the end of the half or grabbing the critical rebound at just the right time. So they stepped up and made plays. Unfortunately tonight we didn’t.”

Projo.com: College basketball: PC 76, Northeastern 72

Council and Peterson hooked up for PC’s biggest shot of the young season Tuesday night at Matthews Arena. Council lofted an alley-oop pass that Peterson laid in with just one second on the shot clock and 14 on the game clock. The hoop helped the Friars escape with a 76-72 win over Northeastern in front of 2,622 fans.

The big shot prevented what would have been a meltdown of epic proportions. The Friars led, 72-59, with 4:47 to play, but Northeastern raced to the finish line with a stunning 13-2 run that cut the lead to 74-72 with 49 seconds left.

Projo.com: PC college hoops journal: Curry rediscovers his shooting touch

“I know Sharaud is a great shooter,” said Davis. “He had four of the worst games of his career early this year, but he’s bounced back now. There’s nobody I want shooting the ball from the perimeter more than Sharaud. He pretty much won that Mercer game for us with a big shot in the corner and (tonight) to hit all three of his threes, his percentage will sky-rocket.”

Projo Hoops Blog: PC holds of Northeastern, 76-72

Some sizzling second half shooting and a bit of late-game heroics have given the Providence College Friars a hard-earned road victory.

PC has avenged a season-opening loss to Northeastern last November with a 76-72 victory tonight at Northeastern’s Matthews Arena.

Some sizzling second half shooting and a bit of late-game heroics have given the Providence College Friars a hard-earned road victory.

PC has avenged a season-opening loss to Northeastern last November with a 76-72 victory tonight at Northeastern’s Matthews Arena.

PFB: Postgame: PC Hangs On to Beat Northeastern

Whoa that was way too close. We were sitting watching the game, liking the way things were going hoping PC might build on their lead a little in the second half, but with three minutes left to go in the game it was like the engines lost power and the plane started losing altitude way too quickly. As a result we blacked out and have no idea what happened in those last three minutes… if only. We saw a 13 point lead vanish as the Huskies pulled within two and as usual PC unable to make clutch free throws. Finally with that risky semi-alley-oop inbounds-play Greedy was able to connect and the game was won, but it definitely gave us a scare. But a win is a win and the Friars needed this game so we will take it no matter how ugly it was.

Boring-ass AP Writeup: Providence edges Northeastern 76-72

Jamine Peterson scored 18 points and Providence held off a late rally to defeat Northeastern 76-72 on Tuesday night.

Peterson, who added nine rebounds, hit a floater with 1 second on the shot clock and just 15.1 seconds left in the game for the final margin.

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SteveHartnettDid Providence really play @Northeastern? Yup, and they grabbed their 1st road win 76-72. We’ll overlook the 13 point lead they coughed up

TTAPCBballShould not have been that close. A 4 point win is not enough. I wanted a damn blowout. Whatever, a W is a W, I guess.

Friarso8_Duke11 - Just got back from Northeastern. Escaped with the W but leaves me worried about Saturday. Marshon needs to improve his attitude, & play 100%

PCDenFriars Win!! 76-72 at Northeastern. Solid road win, let’s take another at URI Saturday. Go PC!

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