For the first 30 minutes of the game, it looked like we had another Iona game on our hands. The offense was flat, and the defense simply could not contain
All-American All-honorable mention All-Ivy dude Alex Zampier. With 10 minutes left in the game, and the Friars staring at two awful home losses in a row over the course of 17 days, something clicked. Providence started to get some defensive stops (even on the inbounds plays!!) and turnovers with Vincent Council, Brooks, McKenzie, Greedy, and Dixon on the court. Where was Sharaud Curry? He was subbed out of the game with 10:33 left, and did not return until the Friars had it pretty much wrapped up with a 7 point lead with 1:28 left in the game. The big lineup (er, the biggest lineup they could put out there) also got it done offensively with Brooks taking the reigns doing his best Weyinmi Efejuku impression, Greedy getting tons of points on ridiculous layups and putbacks (and his 7th double-double of the season), and Vincent Council causing Friars announcer Joe Hassett to practically orgasm on the air after watching him put down an incredible one handed jam over several Yale players. Who knew VC could dunk like that? Throw in back-to-back three point plays in the second half, and lots of nice driving and passing, you got yourself a heck of a game from the freshman point guard.
Look, we all know that Yale is not a strong team, and the Friars defensive weaknesses were clearly exposed for most of the game. It’s no doubt troubling. Plus, it’s not going to get any easier heading into the BIG EAST season against some of the top talent in the nation. However, part of dealing with such a young team is finding the right combination of players who can get the job done. If the Friars keep playing better defensively with Sharaud Curry on the bench, Keno Davis might have a decision to make with his 5th year senior. It appears he tried it out this game.