I didn’t get a chance to watch or listen to the game, so this is going to be kind of brief on my end. Am I disappointed by the loss? Of course. Iona is definitely a team we should be able to beat on our own home court, regardless if this is a young and inexperienced Friars squad. However, this is obviously the worst overall game the team has played all season. PC didn’t seem to have it from the start, and it probably didn’t matter who they were facing. Most teams are going to have a stinker at some point during the season — it’s unfortunate that ours came against a beatable team. Things are not going to get any easier once BIG EAST play starts, so you just hope the staff and team uses the time off (PC only has 1 game in the next 18 days) to keep improving to avoid these types of performances.
It sucks we have to wait 9 days to stew over this one, and also see how the team bounces back.
LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’
- The Friars easily had their worst shooting performance of the season, with a 46.8 eFG%. It also marks the first time PC had an effective field percentage of under 50%. Three Providence players shot under 30% (Curry, Peterson, Council, and Dixon).
- PC dominated on the offensive glass…they sure had a lot of opportunities. Greedy led the team as usual with 4 ORB, and McKenzie had 3. This kept in the game, as Providence had 24 second chance points. Iona managed to only get 4 overall, leading to 7 points.
- The Friars were not able to take advantage of Iona’s propensity to turn over the ball. The Gael’s 14 turnovers was sadly one of the lowest they have had all season. PC was not able to do much with those turnovers they did cause, getting only 13 points of them.
OTHER STAT NOTES
- This is the first game the Friars had less than 100 offensive rating. Their previous low for the season was 102.5 against URI.
BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!
AROUND THE INTERWEBS
Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Defeated By Iona, 82-73
The Providence College men’s basketball team (7-4) was defeated by Iona College (6-4) by a score of 82-73 on Saturday, Dec. 12 in a non-conference matchup at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Junior guard/forward Marshon Brooks (Stone Mountain, Ga.) led the Friars with 18 points while sophomore forward Jamine Peterson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) posted his second-straight double-double and sixth in nine games with 13 points and 14 rebounds.
Red shirt freshman Kyle Smyth’s career-high 21 points was complimented by three other teammates in double figures in the Iona College men’s basketball team’s 83-72 win over Providence in non-conference action at the Dunkin Donuts Center. The win snapped the Gaels’ five-game losing streak to BIG EAST opponents and was the first win since Dec. 27, 2001, a 73-70 win over Seton Hall at Madison Square Garden.
The Friars showed all sorts of signs of being worn down from a stretch of four games in eight days and the Gaels took advantage. PC shot just 31 percent and went to the 3-point well much too often on a night when nobody owned the hot hand. Three days after hitting 16 threes in a win at George Washington, the Friars sank just five of their 31 attempts from downtown. They also gave up a whopping 49 points in the second half to a team that came to town after losing four of its last six games.
Projo Hoops Blog: PC Stunned by Iona, 82-73
The Friars, now 7-4, showed all sorts of signs of being worn down from a stretch of four games in eight days and the Gaels took advantage with the stunning win. The Gaels (6-4) held PC’s offense in check all game and fought tough and hard enough to battle the Friars all night.
Projo Hoops Blog: Fatigued Friars
“I hate saying things like that,” Coach Keno said, “because it sounds like excuses.”
Yes, it certainly does.
Especially considering that Iona was playing its fourth game in nine days, and doing it on the road against a team from one of the country’s best conferences.
The Gaels’ previous three games had been at home, but they’d lost two of them — to St. Peter’s and Siena — before beating Long Island last Wednesday.
But you didn’t hear coach WIllard complaining about scheduling, did you?
Truth About PC Basketball: So much for that offense
Overall, it was just another infuriating performance that brought us all back to earth. This team really still has a lot to learn, and needs to be much more disciplined in both their shot selection and defense before we’re going to see any real, lasting progress. Until that happens, we may continue to see this pattern of dominant bursts followed by inexplicable letdowns.
State of Friars Basketball: Ready for Iona at the Dunk
What is even more crazy is the stats in front of me indicate that Providence out-rebounded the Gaels by 14 (45-31), yet we still lost by 9. Even our 17 offensive rebounds could not save us tonight.
Boring-ass AP Writeup: Iona beats cold-shooting Providence 82-73
Kyle Smyth scored a season-high 21 points and Iona took advantage of Providence’s 31-percent shooting in an 82-73 win on Saturday night.
OTHER TWITTER REACTIONS
PCDen Well that was disgusting. Those three refs should be hanged. At least there’s the next few years to look forward to from them.