Much like how Notre Dame seems to continually beat the crap out of us every season, the Friars seem to always play well against St. John’s. Although McDermott and co’s 2009 class managed to lose twice to the Red Storm, Providence has now won 12 out of the last 14 meetings since 2001. This time it was a gritty road win in cozy Carnesecca Arena.
Thunderbird wasn’t around during Ryan Gomes’ tenure, but this is a reenactment of how it would have looked like if he was. Note: No Thunderbirds were harmed in the process.
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- Just by looking at the shooting percentages, it’s crazy to think that the Friars could end up winning the game by 15 points. St. John’s shot right at their season average in effective field goal %, whereas the Friars were 10% below theirs. It was Providence’s 2nd worst eFG% of the season, behind the Iona loss (34.6%). However, unlike the Iona game in which PC shot a horrendous 5-31 from behind the arc, the Friars hit the 3-ball well (36.8% on only 19 attempts). They just couldn’t get the ball to drop on inside plays until late in the game.
- Turnovers was obviously a big reason the Friars were able to win despite not shooting well. Providence has had trouble forcing them all season, but used a crap load of steals to cause St. John’s to over the ball on 31% of their possessions! PC could have done a better job at converting those miscues into points (21 points off 23 turnovers isn’t exactly efficient), but hey I’ll take it. It’s also good to see Providence continue to put up excellent turnover % numbers with such a young team.
- Providence had one of their lowest offensive rebounding percentage outputs this season (only URI game was worse at 32.4), but they got a ton of key rebounds late in the game. Marshon Brooks (2 ORBs) had a big one off a missed foul shot that lead to a 3-point play, Greedy had several in the end, and Bilal Dixon was strong throughout the game with 4 offensive boards. DJ Kennedy and Paris Horne tied for the team lead with only 2 ORBs each, but the Red Storm only had 4 second chance points.
- St. John’s did a poor job at getting to the foul line, only attempting 11 freebies (and just 4 in the 2nd half). The Friars hit the foul line for 20 shots in the 2nd, and came away with a great 23-29 (79.3%) clip overall.
OTHER STAT NOTES
St. John’s: 79.7
- St. John’s needed to slow down the pace of the game, but the Friars were able to push their style with 74 possessions. This was only the 5th game the Red Storm played a game with 70+ possessions, and it clearly affected them towards the end of the game when rushing shots and continuing to turn it over.
- The 79.7 efficiency was the 3rd lowest the Friars have allowed all season, behind Vermont (76.2) and Bryant (71.6) — not good company Johnnies. It was also the lowest rating for St. John’s all season.
- PC’s offensive rating of 100 was their 2nd lowest of the season, behind the Iona disaster (93.6). Good to see the Friars pull off a win with not such a great offensive performance.
Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.
Sharaud Curry – I don’t know what it is about playing St. John’s, but Curry seems to always shine against them. Now THAT was senior leadership!
Jamine Peterson – Shook off a poor start and finished with a bang, pulling down important boards and getting inside buckets. “Greedy being Greedy” catchphrase is starting to spread across America.
Vincent Council – A few freshman mistakes, but had several great drives and passes (6 assists) to go along with 4 rebounds and 3 steals
Marshon Brooks – Had a huge 3-point play late in the game, but is still struggling with his shot. The defense was there today though (5 rebounds and 4 steals). Also, my wife thinks he’s really cute (this was the first game she had watched all year). So there’s that.
DJ Kennedy – Hard to give him only 2 with a double-double performance, but St. John’s needed more scoring from their best player. Seemed like most of his points came early in the 2nd half.
Malik Stith – With starting point guard Malik Boothe out with an injury, the freshman played a season high 25 minutes, and had 5 turnovers and just 1 assist
Dwight Hardy – Streak of 4 straight games in double figures came to an end. Only scored 6 points on 2-8 shooting
BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!
AROUND THE INTERWEBS
Highlights provided by State of Friars Basketball
The Providence College men’s basketball team (9-5, 1-1 BIG EAST) defeated St. John’s University (10-4, 0-2 BIG EAST) by the score of 74-59 on Sunday, Jan. 3 at Carnesecca Arena in Queens, N.Y. Trailing 54-50 with under eight minutes to play in the game, the Friars closed the game on a 24-5 run to secure the 15-point victory.
RedStormSports.com: Red Storm Stopped In Queens By Providence, 74-59
“We had a chance to open it up, but didn’t take advantage,” said head coach Norm Roberts. “We got in a rush in the last four minutes and didn’t make plays. Not having Malik [Boothe] is not an excuse. We have to play better, make better decisions. We’ll get better from it.”
Projo.com: PC knocks off St. John’s, 74-59
In dire need of a little pick-me-up victory, Sharaud Curry showed his Providence Friar teammates just what a fifth-year senior leader is supposed to do.
Peterson admitted to `bickering’ with his teammates but it was his lack of rebounding that was a major issue in the eyes of the coaches. When Peterson returned to the game with 10 minutes left and his team locked in a tight game, he knew it was time to contribute.
Projo Hoops Blog: PC knocks off St. John’s, 74-59
The Friars closed the game on a 24-5 run marked by some aggressive defense that caused a boat load of St. John’s turnovers. PC improves to 9-5 and 1-1 in the Big East. SJU falls to 10-4 and 0-2.
Sharaud Curry played one of his best games in the last two seasons as he poured in 26 points. Greedy Peterson added 14 points and Brian McKenzie threw in 12.
Friar Basketball: 2004-05 Start Avoided
So, Providence shoots 33% from the field, gets only five points from their bench, and wins by 15 on the road? The Friars held St. John’s to 26 second half points, forced 23 turnovers and converted those into 21 points. It didn’t hurt that the Johnnies starting point guard was out tonight, but for a PC team struggling to defend over the last month those are numbers they’ll happily take.
State of Friars Basketball: Friars Overcome Poor Shooting to Beat Red Storm
The Friars shot only 33.3% from the floor, but did shoot 7-19 from 3, and forced 22 Red Storm turnovers. These turnovers led to several fast break opportunities which the Friars were able to convert on for the most part, except maybe the Marshon Brooks layup which will probably end up on Sportscenter’s Not Top 10.
The Johnnies had a home game Sunday against a rebuilding Providence team, the kind of contest they have to win if they’re serious about being taken seriously again. Instead, they let it slip away in the last eight minutes amid a hail of turnovers.
New York Post: Johnnies Cough Up League Win
The Red Storm’s inability to close the deal was on display for the second straight game as they coughed up an eight-point second-half lead with a late-game meltdown against Providence in a 74-59 loss in front of a crowd of 5,003 at Carnesecca Arena. It came just days after a tough New Year’s Eve loss at Georgetown, but this one was worse.
If a fan had ignored the scoreboard while watching the first 32 minutes of Providence’s 74-59 win over St. John’s at Carnesecca Arena on Sunday, he might have concluded that the Red Storm was comfortably ahead.
Boring-ass AP Writeup: Providence Beats St. John’s 74-59
Sharaud Curry scored a season-high 26 points, leading Providence to its first Big East win of the season in a 74-59 victory over St. John’s on Sunday.
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OTHER TWITTER REACTIONS
SteveHartnett92 Congrats to the young Friars, who grabbed a gritty road win at St. John’s.
TTAPCBBall VC filled up the stat sheet again with several UNBELIEVABLE passes. BMac hit shots for the first time since 2007. Marshon still sucks.
TTAPCBBall Defense? They played DEFENSE? And Curry scored 26? Oh my God.
Friarso8 BIG WIN, VERY HAPPY. GO FRIARS
PCDen All order has been restored in the Big East. Don Orsillo now has “Greedy being Greedy” to add to his repetoire on Cox this season.
dgoneil1 Crushing loss for St. John’s today. 0-2 start in the Big East. Not sure if the Red Storm can recover, especially w/o Anthony Mason Jr.
MikeVacc Before we Jets-ify, one St. John’s thought: it will be harder and harder to defend Norm if he keeps piling Ls like this one on the dossier.
PeteThamelNYT So much for revivals near NYC. Seton Hall, Rutgers and St. John’s combined 0-5 to start Big East play. RU is 0-1, but goes to WVU next.