In looking at the really depressing game flow chart on StatSheet, I noticed that the 92-83 Friars lead with :49 seconds to go had a 61.7% LEAD SAFENESS.
To quote the great commentary of Tommy Boy when playing checkers with Richard: “Come on, It’s safe I swear!!”
Anyways, obviously a very very tough loss to take. Fans are frustrated, the coach is frustrated. What can you do other than using this loss to turn things around and pull off a few wins against teams that we aren’t supposed to beat?
LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’
- It’s rare to see a team shoot over a 60% effective field goal percentage and still lose the game, but that is what the Friars managed to do against USF. The highest eFG% Providence had in a loss this season was their 50.8 eFG% against both URI and Louisville. I checked last several years as a comparison, and found that this happened only a few times — Most recently in the Jonathan Xavier incident Marquette game the Friars had a 61.8 eFG%, a game the Friars defense also faltered in blowing a 2nd half lead.
- Providence turned the ball over slightly more than usual, but those 14 turnovers proved very costly (especially in the 2nd half). USF turned 8 Friars turnovers in the 2nd into 15 points. It was truly a team effort, as 6 Providence players had at least 2, but no more than 3 TOs.
- Rebounding was generally even, and both teams posted similar second chance points totals (USF 19, Providence 17). Three Bulldogs had at least 4 offensive boards (Toarlyn Fitzpatrick 4, Mike Mercer 4, and Jarrid Famous 5). Vincent Council put up his second straight game with at least 3 offensive rebounds, and Greedy also got half of his 10 by way of the offensive glass.
- The foul line was a huge reason Dominique Jones was able to put up his massive point totals — He went to the line for 18 free throw attempts!
OTHER STAT NOTES
South Florida: 132.9
- This was the highest offensive rating South Florida put up all season, 5 points higher than their previous high in their win over Florida Atlantic.
- Offensively for the Friars, this was their third highest offensive rating for the season, only behind the George Washington (144.7) and Bryant (129.7). Doesn’t really matter when you can’t stop the other team. Only Marquette was able to put up a higher rating against the Friars this season (140.9).
Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.
Dominique Jones – At least he came up 2 points short of our former Friar Eric Murdock’s BIG EAST scoring record!
Toarlyn Fitzpatrick – I know he’s a freshman and all, but his second career three? Really?
Vincent Council – Had such a great game with 17 points and 5 assists, but was marred with missing 3 big foul shots in crunch time.
Jamine Peterson – Yeah yeah had a double-double and probably should get 3 bowls, BUT that three off the backboard in OT knocks him down a peg.
Brian McKenzie – Scored only 4, and gave up a big turnover at the end. And how is he still starting?
BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!
AROUND THE INTERWEBS
The Providence College men’s basketball team (11-8, 3-4 BIG EAST) was defeated by the University of South Florida (12-7, 2-5 BIG EAST) in overtime 109-105 on Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Friars led the game by nine with under a minute to play, but USF outscored PC 14-5 in the final minute of regulation to send the game into overtime. The Bulls’ Dominique Jones nailed a 3-pointer to open overtime and USF never trailed in the extra session
GoUSFBulls.com: Jones Sets Scoring Record in Overtime Win Against Friars
Junior Dominique Jones played the game of his life as he scored 46 points to break the school’s single-game scoring record in leading the University of South Florida men’s basketball team to a 109-105 overtime victory over Providence Saturday night.
In one of the greatest giveaways in PC’s long hoop history, the Friars let South Florida come from behind in the final seconds of regulation and then lost a 109-105 overtime thriller in front of 9,184 frustrated fans.
Bleacher Report: Providence Friars Shocked After Stunning Loss to South Florida
Homecoming weekend at Providence College and the first weekend back for the students from winter break, filled the Dunkin Donuts Center with anxious and excited fans who were ready to show their support for a Friars squad, 11-7 (3-4) as they entered the heart of their Big East Schedule.
The Sun Chronicle: Friar defense lit up
Until the Providence College Friars learn how to spell ‘defense’ there are going to be more games like there was Saturday night at The Dunk – a 109-105 overtime loss to South Florida, a team which had won just two of its previous 35 Big East road games.
Projo Hoops Blog: Audio: Keno says Friars aren’t good enough, hints at changes to come
Projo Hoops Blog: How about the coaching, Keno?
At no point did Davis include himself in the reasons the Friars suffered an embarrassing loss at home to one of the weaker teams in the conference.
Perhaps, if PC had a more talented coach, they wouldn’t have blown what should have been an insurmountable lead.
Friar Basketball: Wait Until Next Year (or the year after)
This site has targeted the year after next as Providence’s most realistic NCAA tournament bid. Sure, there is a chance that both Gerard Coleman and Joe Young can both defend and give you 10-15 points on a nightly basis and one of the Still/Kadeem Batts/Ron Giplaye trio will be able to spell Dixon effectively, but that is asking a lot out of kids who have never played at the Big East level.
Tampa Bay Online: Bulls pull off miracle rally for win over Providence
Jones finished with a career-high 46 points by making 15 of 23 field goals and 14 of 18 free throws. He fell two points shy of the Big East single-game scoring record, set by Providence’s Eric Murdock in 1991 against Pittsburgh. Jones also tied his career best with 10 rebounds and added eight assists. In the past six games, Jones is averaging 28.5 points.
Granted, the Bulls still are only 3-35 all time in Big East road games since joining the conference four years ago. But they’ll be hard-pressed to come up with a more memorable win.
USF Sports Bulletin: Was Friars’ OT loss to USF ‘unacceptable’?
Providence coach Keno Davis, doing a Q&A with ScoutFriars.com last summer, had this random jab at the Bulls, which we posted here on the blog back in June:
“If you take a game off vs. Rutgers, or vs. South Florida or vs. DePaul, those are the losses that are unacceptable,” he said. “If you play really hard, and you happen to drop one at Seton Hall, you can live with it. If you play hard and you just get beat you can live with it.”
Boring-ass AP Writeup: South Florida Defeats Providence 109-105 in OT
Dominique Jones scored a career-high 46 points, the second-most by a Big East player in a regular-season game, and South Florida mounted a furious comeback in the final minutes of regulation to take a 109-105 victory over Providence on Saturday night.
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OTHER TWITTER REACTIONS
PCDen No words. Simply no words at all for that horrible travesty of a game tonight.
LilCease I can’t believe the #friars gave that game away…I’m still out here n providence yall..I’m hungry.where can me and sis eat at out here?
gregjbutler On to the next one : UConn Wednesday
PSUBecket Can’t tell if I should be upset I missed the #friars game. Seemed exciting, but it shouldn’t have been. Lets hope we steal one from UConn.
neilfrancisco What the hell #friars
TTAPCBBall I’d write a blog now, but I think I need to step back for a minute and contain my rage. Also I’m drunk. So there’s that.
JADuffy @friarblog, the only stat: 12-3 run by SFU w/ 1:36 to go. Great offense. No defense/lock down intensity. But still huge future. Crazy?
JMulley @friarblog What the heck is going on with this team? #Friars # fail.
kdk711 @friarblog just terrible. Bmac should never touch the court. Irresponsible turnover. Later 23
Friartown Absolute heartbreaker.