Well, we have come to the end of the road that is the out of conference schedule. The Friars finish up with an 8-4 record, exactly where they were last year. The game wasn’t easy, but in the end the Friars were able to put away Yale by a score of 87-78. The BIG EAST season is here (well, after 8 more freakin’ days). I’m excited, the players are excited, heck your grandmother is even excited.
LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’
- Pretty good eFG% from the Friars (5th best of the season), despite only hitting 4-20 three pointers. They scored an unusual for this team 53 points in the paint! Yale was having equal success down low for most of the game, and shot pretty well. However, everything went to hell in the last 10 minutes for them when the Bulldogs missed something like 10 shots in a row.
- Rebounding was surprisingly even overall, with Yale having a slight edge in the first half, and PC in the second. Greedy got his usual fix of offensive rebounds (game high of 7), but Johnnie Lacy (!?!) was the next highest with two. Yale spread their ORBs around with four players (Michael Sands 3, Paul Nelson, Greg Mangano, and Reggie Willhite with 2) with at least 2). Providence has only had 3 worse games in offensive rebounding percentage this season – losses against Iona (37.0), Boston College (34.1), and URI (32.4).
- Both teams had around their season average of turnovers. The Friars took advantage of Yale’s 8 miscues in the 2nd half, leading to 13 points off turnovers. PC did cough up the ball 13 times, but Yale was only able to get 14 points as a result.
OTHER STAT NOTES
- The Friars put up their fifth best performance in terms of offensive efficiency. Yale’s 104 was also pretty decent for them, as 112 was their highest of the season (against Charlotte).
Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.
Greedy Peterson – A double-double machine! That’s three in a row, and 7 on the year.
Vincent Council – I wanna be like McD? VC decided to play the roll of stat-sheet stuffer with 13 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.
Alex Zampier – Made him look like an All-American, not All-Ivy
Marshon Brooks – Lots of big points down the stretch. Good to see him drive to the hoop to draw contact
Sharaud Curry – When the three is off….
BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!
AROUND THE INTERWEBS
Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Downs Yale, 87-78
The Providence College men’s basketball team (8-4) defeated Yale University (4-7) by a score of 87-78 on Monday, Dec. 21 in the Friars’ final nonconference game of the 2009-10 season. Sophomore forward Jamine Peterson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the Friars with 25 points and 13 rebounds to record his third-straight double-double and his seventh in the last 10 games. His 25-point performance was his fifth 20-point outing of the season.
YaleBulldogs.com: Late Rally Lifts Providence Past Yale, 87-78
Yale didn’t look like a team that was playing after an 11-day layoff on Monday night against Providence. The Bulldogs raced out to an early lead and held it for much of the game before the Friars rallied to escape with an 87-78 victory before a nervous crowd of 4,206 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
“I think it was just the group that was playing the best,” said Davis, whose team improved to 8-4. “All of a sudden we went on a run with them so we felt comfortable enough to stay with them.”
Projo Hoops Blog: PC pulls away for 87-78 win
For long stretches of tonight’s game against Yale, the Providence Friars certainly didn’t look ready for the coming Big East wars. Ready or not, here comes Luke Harangody and Notre Dame and the rest of the conference heavyweights.
It took PC 30 minutes to finally shake out of its defensive doldrums and begin to stop Yale. Once that happened, the Friars pulled away for a 87-78 win.
Truth About PC Basketball: VC to the rescue
The big thing to take away from this game though, is just how good Vincent Council really is. I really don’t want to jump the gun here, but I doubt the players read the BS I write on here, so it’s not like he’s gonna get a big head out of this. He only scored 13 tonight, but look at his full line: 13 points, 3 rebounds (1 ORB), 3 assists, 3 steals. He was 4-5 shooting, 5-6 FT. He drilled his shots when they counted, and he was absolutely the defensive catalyst for the Friars tonight.
State of Friars Basketball: Yale Bulldogs enter the House that Shamgod Built (But Not Really)
If you are looking for a positive, just look at Vincent Council. His one-handed tomahawk will more than likely be a top play on Sportscenter, and he certainly must make Jon Hope proud. Council was so impressive, that Sharaud Curry was benched for a large majority of the half. Is Keno already starting to phase out our veterans in favor of the future?
Friar Basketball: The Most Disturbing Trend
For the third time this season Providence has given up 50 points in the paint. The 64 against Boston College was ridiculous, the 50 in the George Washington game concerning, but 50 against Yale? Expect this site to continue to beat the “we need a shot blocker drum” until Providence lands themselves a legit shot blocker. 50 points in the paint before the Big East season even starts is troubling.
Boring-ass AP Writeup: Providence rallies past Yale, 87-78
Jamine Peterson had a double-double with 25 points and 13 rebounds to help Providence rally past Yale 87-78 on Monday night.
The Friars (8-4) pulled away down the stretch despite trailing most of the way against the Bulldogs (4-6), who were playing a major-conference team for the first time this season.
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Marshon Brooks: “I wouldve cried if we lost”….
Me too Marshon! Me too.
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PCDen Pulling away now from Yale. Never thought I’d say that but I’ll take it for all it is.
squinn02 WOW – Vincent Council!!