Why the Friars won: Providence put the disaster from Saturday behind them, and played with great intensity on both ends of the court. Both teams did not shoot particularly well (especially UConn in the last 5 minutes), but Providence really dominated on the glass with 24 offensive rebounds (Greedy had 6, Dixon had 5), leading to 21 second chance points. Down the stretch the Friars played smart in not rushing things, and Sharaud Curry was able to close the game out with perfect foul shooting.
Turning Point: With 9 minutes left in the game, UCONN fought back from an early 2nd half deficit. They took a sudden 3 point lead on a Robinson jumper and seemed to have all the momentum. Keno called a timeout and the Friars really re-grouped. Bilal Dixon got a hoop on a feed from VC, Stanley Robinson missed a three, and then Council got an easy putback after Greedy got blocked. The Friars regained the lead, and didn’t look back.
Player of the Game: Vincent Council – Yeah Greedy Peterson had the sexy double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds, but I think VC was the key down the stretch when the Friars pulled away. He continually beat his man to the hoop and was able to make sweet sweet passes to the big men. Council ended up with 8 assists on the night.
Goat of the Game: Jerome Dyson – Shot 3-14 from the field and scored only 12 points. Also had 5 of the 19 Huskies turnovers.
Enjoy the win Friartown! We needed this!