Count me in for this style of play, because boy that was sure fun to watch . Sure, we gave up 97 points. But you know what? We dropped 110 and won by 13 — on the road no less! While there are obviously still some defensive concerns out there, sometimes you have to just sit back and enjoy the ride of an impressive win.
A great job by Friar Fanatics at the game (@joerazz and @PSUBecket), and the Friar Twitterati is really starting to come together. Lot’s of good people on there.
LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’
- Redonkulous shooting was obviously the biggest factor in the game. The Friars had an amazing 64.6% effective FG percentage, their best of the season (Northeastern was 61.8%). Obviously, this was helped by their 16-29 shooting from behind the arc. George Washington had their second best shooting performance of the season, thanks to many easy baskets – They scored 50 points in the paint.
- Rebounding numbers were even overall, despite GW having more offensive rebounds (they took 16 more shots). Plus, it’s hard for Providence to get any offensive rebounds when its RAINING THREE POINTERS ALL NIGHT. The tandem of Greedy Peterson and Bilal Dixon still got their combined average of 9 offensive boards, and Vincent Council even chipped in with 3. Nine different Colonial players had at least one ORB, lead by Hermann Opaku with 4.
- Turnovers were not much of a factor in the game. George Washington committed only half of the their season average, and the Friars could only muster 4 of their 110 points off them.
- Providence did a better job at getting to the line, and they shot considerably better once they got there. The Colonials had a rough night from the charity stripe, only hitting 13 of their 24 FT (54.2%). PC had a better three point percentage (55.2%)!
OTHER STAT NOTES
- The Friars set their season high for offensive rating, which was previously set in the first game against Bryant (129.7). You have to go all the way back to February 22, 2001 to find a higher rating — PC beat Binghamton 119-58 for a oRtg of 163. Rome Augustine had 17 points for the game high.
- On the flip side, it was also the highest rating PC has given up this year – Alabama had a 116.7 oRtg.
Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.
The GW Announcers – Can this performance ever be topped??
Brian McKenzie – First he had the great first half against URI, and now this? Are we on to something here? BUILD ON THIS!
Sharaud Curry – 13 assists is pretty amazing. However, he was mostly just loading the ammo for the THREE POINT MACHINE.
Jamine Peterson – Pencil the man in for a double-double every game, eh?.
Lasan Kromah – Just when you thought the Friars would finally make it a blowout, this guy would hit another shot.
Russ Permenter – Played great defense, but fouled out in SIX MINUTES? I can’t tell if that’s awesome or not.
Tony Taylor - 1 of 8 from the field
BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!
AROUND THE INTERWEBS
Playing their fourth non-conference road game of the season, the Providence College Friars earned an exciting 110-97 victory at George Washington on December 9. The Friars were paced by some hot three-point shooting in which they connected on 16 of 29 attempts (55.2 percent). The 16 threes tied for the second highest single-game total all-time at PC (twice the Friars have hit 17 threes in a game).
The Daily Colonial: Men’s Basketball Falls in High-Paced Bout Against Providence
The George Washington Colonials (6-2) did everything they could to keep up, but fell short to the Providence Friars 110-97. Though freshman Lasan Kromah scored a game-high 22 points and senior forward Damian Hollis added 21 more, it wasn’t enough to stop the fast paced Friar offense which boasted six players in double figures – including the entire starting lineup.
Hobbs saw the Friars’ 3-point shooters firing away –– and connecting –– soon after the opening tip and sensed what he was in for. “If you didn’t bring your track shoes tonight, you wouldn’t be able to participate,” he said.
When the frenetic, no-defense-allowed contest was finished, the Friars were standing tall with a 110-97 victory. PC, now 7-3, set a Smith Center record with 16 3-pointers, one shy of the school’s record.
The Friars have been criticized for being a bit too trigger-happy with the 3-point shot this season, but when the shots are falling they clearly are a dangerous team. The treys were certainly falling in a 110-97 win over George Washington as PC made 16 of their 29 triples. The 16 threes are one off the school record of 17, set in two different games.
The Truth About PC Basketball: Friars Make it Rain on GW
Here’s the fact of the night. In this decade, the Friars highest single game point totals are as follows:
119 vs. Binghamton, 2/22/01
111 vs. Sacred Heart, 11/20/08
110 vs. George Washington, 12/9/09
110 vs. Brown, 12/23/00
GW has to be the best of those teams, right? Plus, that 00-01 team went to the tournament. Not saying we punched a ticket tonight or anything, but it’s kind of a cool stat.
The State of Friars Basketball: Friars visit DC to take on the Colonials
Providence pulls off the 110-97 win, but I can’t say I’m necessarily thrilled. We scored, which is the positive, but we gave up to many easy baskets and just could not put the Colonials away.
Washington Examiner: Friars’ record-setting pace too much for Colonials
But the building still isn’t meant to host a track meet, which is what happened on Wednesday as the Colonials were at a full sprint for 40 minutes but didn’t have enough gears to stay with Providence in an immensely entertaining 110-97 defeat in front of 3,015.
With a 16 three-pointers, the most ever by a George Washington opponent at Smith Center, it was all too easy for the Friars (7-3) to also eclipse the most points scored by a visiting team.
It was also the most points the Colonials (6-2) had given up in any loss since 1977 (at Rutgers, 112-90) and the most in a home loss since 1971 (vs. Maryland, 117-96), but one couldn’t tell by looking at GW head coach Karl Hobbs.
Washington Times: Providence’s 3-point show downs GW
It didn’t take much time – probably about as long as Providence needed to make four straight 3-pointers in the opening minutes – for George Washington to consider what sort of night it might be in for Wednesday.
The GW Hatchet: Men’s basketball live blog: Providence 110, GW 97, final
8:58 p.m. A Friars fan shouts “50 percent from the line!” as Taylor takes his first free throw, but he knocks down both. It’s 104-95 Providence with a little over two minutes to go.
Boring-ass AP Writeup: Providence hits 16 three-pointers, tops George Washington, 110-97
Sharaud Curry scored 16 points and dished out a career-high 13 assists, Marshon Brooks scored 19 points and Providence stayed hot from beyond the arc to beat George Washington 110-97 on Wednesday night.
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For some reason on Channelsurfing.net, the video feed cuts to the scoreboard when they put their graphics and stuff up. I think I am now hypnotized after seeing this creepy demon like George Washington with fire in the background over and over again. DON’T STARE INTO HIS EYES!
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OTHER TWITTER REACTIONS
ocktalks1 16 three-pointers for the Friars tonight as Providence beats George Washington on the road 110-97. You go Keno!
SteveHartnett92 Providence just hung 110 on George Washington on the road. What athletic recruit would not love playing Keno-ball?
Friarso8_Duke11 Keno was great in the press conference. “110 points is a great recruiting, I think I’ll be using it tomorrow.”
PCDen And I thought I was scary as the Friar. GW is a freaky looking thing. Road win helps, let’s finish non-conference at 9 wins!
PSUBecket Solid PC victory tonight. Glad they didn’t let me down like PSU this year (0-2 in games I attend). I think next game I hit is a Wiz game.
pcchris2007 Friars dropped 110 on GW! Now if we can learn D…