Once again, the Friars failed down the stretch, blowing a big early lead in the process while losing to URI by a score of 86-82.
Providence had their chances, but couldn’t convert offensively in the final minute. Down by 2, Sharaud Curry had a long three point attempt go off the rim. We all know how the three losses went down so far this season, but I decided to take a look at all of the plays that Sharaud Curry has been involved in during the last 5 minutes of each loss. Here they are, all layed out.
4:02, (67-68): 3-pointer MISSED by PC’s Sharaud Curry
4:57, (70-72): Jumper MISSED by PC’s Sharaud Curry
4:20, (73-70): 3-pointer GOOD by PC’s Sharaud Curry
1:44, (77-75): Layup by PC’s Bilal Dixon (Assist by PC’s Sharaud Curry)
0:26, (77-78): PC Turnover by Sharaud Curry
0:24, (77-78): Foul on PC’s Sharaud Curry
0:02, (77-80): 3-pointer MISSED by PC’s Sharuad Curry
0:55, (78-80): 3-pointer MISSED by PC’s Sharaud Curry
0:06: (81-84): Free Throw GOOD by PC’s Sharaud Curry
0:06: (82-84): Free Throw GOOD by PC’s Sharaud Curry
Note: The URI play by play data didn’t have any assists info in there, but I don’t remember Sharaud making any plays there (I could be wrong).
Aside from one good three pointer in the Alabama game and some too-little-too-late foul shots (as a result of another drive in traffic), Curry has not been able to get any big points when the team needs it the most. With so many new players, it’s tough to pull out these road wins and games against good teams when your 5th year senior/leader of the team can not get things done when it counts. Is Keno drawing up these plays for him at the end of games, or is Curry just trying to take matters into his own hands?
Obviously, the defense had a big part in letting URI stage their comeback, but clearly Sharaud needs to start thinking about creating opportunities for others like a true PG instead of forcing things. For some reason, his outside shot and play down the stretch has been incredibly inconsistent. There was a time where PC fans wanted the ball in Curry’s hands with the game on the line, but he is going to have to work hard to get that feeling back.