The Providence Friars wasted a great first half and faltered in the last few minutes once again. In the end, URI came back and made plays down the stretch to win 86-82.
Here were the key moments in the last two plus minutes —you could probably pick any one of these moments as why the Friars lost, and you wouldn’t be wrong. They all add up to another frustratingly close loss.
- Turnover by Marshon Brooks (Friars up 2, 2:20 left)
- Jamine Peterson gets two close shots blocked (Game tied, 1:10 left)
- Sharaud Curry missed three pointer (Friars down 2, 0:55 left)
- Technical Foul on Jamine Peterson for touching ball before URI inbounded it (Friars down 2, 0:06 left)
Not that I’m making excuses (PC lost on their own), but I’ve never seen so many charge calls in one game against one team. URI perfected the European flop. There was also another shady play where a shot clock violation was called — The Friars were up 1 with 5 minutes to go and they got the ball back off a Marshon miss. However, the refs said his shot didn’t hit the rim (replays showed it did) and the PC lost the ball. Keno Davis was screaming to get the play reviewed, but was denied.
Bottom line was that URI executed in the last two minutes, and PC didn’t. Hey, at least we wouldn’t storm the court if we were favored and beat URI at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’
- With URI constantly pressing, the Friars tied their season high for turnovers with 19. They spread it evenly throughout the game, with 10 in the first half and 9 in the second. Four Friars had 3+, lead by Vincent Council with 5, and Curry, Greedy, and BMac with 3. URI was extremely careful with the ball, especially in the second half. The team had only 9 turnovers overall, and 3 in the second half. Despite the big difference, points off turnovers was not much of a factor – URI had a slight 16-10 advantage.
- Rebounding was fairly even overall, but with URI’s big men back from foul trouble in the 2nd half, they took control of the glass. Despite the slow first half start, the Rams had a decent edge in offensive rebounding for the game (16-11), and made the most of those opportunities. URI had a 20-10 advantage in second chance points for the game. Orion Outerbridge paced URI with 4 offensive boards (8 overall), while Delroy James and Will Martell had 3 offensive each. Bilal Dixon and Brian McKenzie led the Friars in the first half in rebounding, while Greedy Peterson got 7 of his game leading 11 rebounds in teh second half.
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.
Orion Outerbridge – The biggest play of the game could have been Outerbridge’s block of an easy Jamine Peterson layup with around a minute to go with the game tied.
Vincent Council – It’s finally time for VC to get his 4 bowls. The first of many.
Keith Cothran – Sat out with foul trouble for most of the first half, but really came through in the 2nd – Had 19 points and was 7/7 from the foul line overall.
Jamine Peterson – Had a 3 or 4 bowl performance for 39:54 minutes into the game, but ruined it with a bonehead Technical by knocking out the ball while URI tried to inbound it.
Marshon Brooks – It was amazing the Friars built their first half lead without Marshon, who only played 2 mins due to foul trouble. Aside from his huge 4-point play, didn’t do much in the second half though.
BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!
AROUND THE INTERWEBS
GoRhody.com Postgame Video
Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Defeated At URI, 86-82
The Providence College men’s basketball team (5-3) fell to the University of Rhode Island (5-1) by a score of 86-82 on Saturday, Dec. 5 before a sold-out crowd at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I. The Friars held a 14-point lead at halftime, but were outscored by 18 points (51-33) in the second half by the Rams. Sophomore forward Jamine Peterson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the Friars with 20 points and 11 rebounds, senior guard Sharaud Curry (Gainesville, Ga.) added 17 points and freshman guard Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) notched 16 points, six rebounds and six assists for PC. For Peterson, it marked his fourth double-double in the past six games.
GoRhody.com: Rams Win In-State Battle Over Providence 86-82
The Rhode Island men’s basketball team outscored Providence 51-33 in the second half as it captured an 86-82 victory over the Friars Saturday afternoon at the Ryan Center.
Five Rhode Island players scored in double-figures led by senior guard Keith Cothran’s 19 points. Cothran was a perfect 7-of-7 from the line and connected on 2-of-5 from beyond the arc.
Projo.com: URI 86, PC 82: Rams have finishing kick
Instead of panicking, the Rams executed. Fully armed after dealing with first-half foul woes, URI wiped out a 16-point PC second-half lead with a 14-1 run that turned the game around. That set up a tight, entertaining final 14 minutes that culminated with the home team making all the key plays down the stretch and posting an 86-82 win before a sellout crowd of 7,675.
Thus far this season, Davis has not been able to replace Efejuku’s late-game skills. The Friars made 18 of 22 free throws but could not get to the line in the final three minutes Saturday against URI. Instead, the offense sputtered late, with a key turnover (by Marshon Brooks), two shots blocked ( Jamine Peterson attempted both) and an ill-timed errant 3-point shot by Sharaud Curry.
Projo.com: Bill Reynolds: PC-URI lives up to the hype
This was PC and URI coming down the stretch in a game fraught with both history and emotion. The decades change, the players change, the coaches change, everything changes, but the emotion remains the same.
Pawtucket Times: URI rallies past PC
Never mind his team’s deficit at halftime; Jim Baron was a man of few words. “He told us to keep fighting,” said Rhode Island senior Keith Cothran. “There was no panic (coming out of the Rams’ head coach).”
Baron’s message clearly struck a chord with his players, who responded by turning Saturday’s affair against instate rival Providence College into a taut, tense show. The Rams, down 14 points at the break and 16 early in the second half, roared all the way back, then held on for a rousing 86-82 victory that featured an all-too familiar pattern of PC wilting down the stretch.
Projo Hoops Blog: PC enjoys 14-point halftime lead
The Friars have dominated most of the first-half action, and took their largest lead of the game just before the halftime buzzer, when Marquis Jones of URI missed a pair of foul shots, the second of which was rebounded by Vincent Council of the Friars, who fired the ball down the court to a wide-open Sharaud Curry for a layup to put PC ahead, 49-35.
Projo Hoops Blog: Stage set for great finish at Ryan Center
With 7:34 remaining in the game, the PC Friars, who once led by 16, are clinging to a 67-65 lead. PC’s leading scorer on the season, Marshon Brooks, is scoreless in this game, after sitting out much of the first half with foul trouble and then being a nonfactor in the second half so far.
Projo Hoops Blog: URI comes back from 16-point deficit to beat PC, 86-82
Another PC-URI basketball game has gone down to the wire.
This time URI has held on for an exciting, 86-82 win over the Friars. Rhody came back from 16 points down in the second half to win.
Truth About PC Basketball: URI Postgame
Speaking of leadership, it’s hard to just hand the LVP trophy to Curry with some of the other performances. Brian McKenzie literally disappeared in the second half, going from a strong rebounder that couldn’t miss to a close approximation of last year’s B-Mac, indiscriminately flying all over the place and hacking the hell out of anyone that got in his way. He did not score after halftime, and didn’t do much rebounding either. However, he was not even close to being the worst player today. The real race is between Curry and Marshon
Boring-ass AP Writeup: Rhode Island beats Providence, 86-82
The decisive play came with the game tied 78-78, as the Rams’ Orion Outerbridge blocked Jamine Peterson’s lay-up attempt and Cothran was fouled after grabbing the rebound. He stepped to the line and sank both free throws, putting Rhode Island (5-1) up for good.
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Nothing about the game yet. Keno is already preparing for the next games.
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TTACPCBBall: The URI fans stormed the court. You stay classy, Rhody.
laurawhitney: figures that the friars pulled a typical pc move and lost in the 2nd half…by 4 damn points…to uri. you’re killing me friars!
StanMickus: Oh yeah and nice to see the Friars snatch defeat from the jaws of victory today. Same old story.
ZackD4576: My Friars lost Stupid Rhody Rams…