The first half was not pretty by any means, but the Friars turned it up on Brown in the second half to cruise to a 78-62 victory. It doesn’t make the URI loss hurt any less, but the Friars are now RUNNERS UP in Rhode Island Basketball supremacy with a 2-1 intrastate record.
Other quick notes
- I read on a ScoutFriars.com post saying that Keno said postgame that Marshon and VC were under the weather. You didn’t think VC could have an off night on his own right?!? Hey, he still had 4 assists and no turnovers. Orange juice and rest big guys.
- Keno took the CHAINSAW out of the shed for the game, and Permenter responded with FOUR rebounds and THREE blocks in only NINE minutes.
LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’
- Rebounding was clearly a huge factor in the game, as the Friars just absolutely cleaned up on the glass. PC almost had as many offensive rebounds (24) as defensive (32). EIGHT Friars had at least offensive rebounds. Greedy and Marshon led the way with 4 each, while Council (?!) and McKenzie each had 3. Five Friars had 5+ rebounds overall (Greedy-9, BMac-7, Brooks, Dixon, Council all had 6). The big night on the glass led to 24 second chance points for PC.
- Brown had a decent overall eFG% largely thanks to their hot 3-point shooting in the first half. They made 8 or 16 threes in the game, but only 2 in the 2nd half. The Friars did not exactly have a great shooting night, but their offensive rebounding got them way more attempts (83 shots versus Brown’s 59). Hey, sometimes its quantity over quality.
- I know just getting to the line is supposed to be a key to success and all, but you have to have hit SOME of your freebies. Brown got to the line 21 times, but only hit EIGHT (a nice 38.1%) of them.
OTHER STAT NOTES
- PC allowed their third lowest defensive efficiency of the season, behind Bryant (71.6) and UVM (76.2). Those are the only three games where the opponents have had less than a 100 offensive rating.
Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.
Jamine Peterson – It’s almost like we can pencil him in for 20 points and 8-10 rebounds a game. One thing though – SEVEN three point attempts Greedy? Really? I mean, you hit 3 that’s cool and all, but yikes.
Kyle Wright – His best performance of the season so far, good to see him finally bust out.
Bilal Dixon – Also incredibly efficient, scoring 14 points in 13 minutes. Why only 13 minutes? Foul trouble of course.
Andrew McCarthy – 6 turnovers, but was solid on the glass
Christopher Taylor – 1 of 6 from the foul line. Oof!
BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!
AROUND THE INTERWEBS
Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Downs Brown, 78-62
The Providence College men’s basketball team (6-3) defeated Brown University (4-7) by a score of 78-62 on Monday, Dec. 7 in a non-conference matchup at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Sophomore forward Jamine Peterson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the Friars with 22 points and nine rebounds.
For long stretches of its annual game against cross-city rival Brown University, PC didn’t defend well in the halfcourt, couldn’t convert short jumpers or driving layups and began to wear the look of a team that was primed to get upset.
But thanks to a halftime adjustment that ended Brown’s 3-point shooting parade, the Friars slipped into gear and sped past the Bears in the second half for a 78-62 win at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Wright’s adjustment has been rocky. While he’s shooting the ball well in practices, transferring that production to games has been rocky. He scored 13 points against Vermont but did not score a point in each of the next three games. Monday night against Brown, the Hartford, Conn., native found his range. He scored a season-high 15 points and made three 3-point shots.
Projo Hoops Blog: PC runs past Brown, 78-62
PC led by only four (37-33) at the half but used a 22-4 second half run to open the game up. PC led by as many as 22 points in the second half and cruised to the win.
The Sun Chronicle: PC bottles up Brown
So after being engaged in a confounding contest against a patient and deliberate Ivy League foe in Brown University – which hit six, three-point field goals in the first half – the Friars extended their defense, notched up the intensity and came away with a 78-62 victory in the 116th meeting.
The Truth About PC Basketball: Brown Live Blog
8:14: “Greedy is always open.” – Joe Hassett. Primarily because he’s shooting about 8% from 3 point range and no one bothers to guard him outside of the paint. See that? I’m abusive even when we’re doing things right! You guys wouldn’t read this sh*t if I wasn’t, be honest.
The State of Friars Basketball: Bears @ Friars
However, despite the positives of the second half, the Friars refused to put away the Bears. After having that 15 point lead with 13 left, the Bears were able to stay around that for about the next 6 to 7 minutes before they began to taper off. As we have learned, it does not take long for a 15 point lead to disappear, and we need to learn to play with the passion for extended periods of time, and not just because we went on a good run.
PFB: Postgame: Providence Beats Brown
Besides the great play of Greedy once again Kyle Wright was a definite bright spot in this game. Off the bench he had 15 points and went 3-5 from three. We really haven’t seen too much from Kyle Wright this year so it was good to see him in action. All the preseason reports said that he could be a big help for PC this season. The only problem was that only games he has excelled have been against week competition (Vermont and Brown). That may be a function of playing time or defensive styles, but clearly he can shoot the ball so we would like to see him put up some numbers against a better team. The George Washington game would be a great time for that.
Boring-ass AP Writeup: Peterson scores 22, Providence shakes off early deficit to defeat Brown 78-62
Jamine Peterson scored 22 points and Bilal Dixon added 13 points and six rebounds as Providence defeated Brown 78-62 on Monday night.
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OTHER TWITTER REACTIONS
SteveHartnett92: Brown was just what the doctor ordered after the Friar loss on Saturday.
Friarso8_Duke11: Friars got the W, now on to Wednesday @ George Washington.
ocktalks1: Men’s hoops tonight…Friars win! Theeeeeeeee Friars win!