Despite two Friars getting double-doubles (Jamine Peterson 28 points, 11 rebounds and Bilal Dixon 13 points, 14 rebounds), the team lost a tough one late to Marquette 82-79 at home.
Why Marquette won: The Friars had control of the game for the first 30 minutes, but Lazar Hayward stepped up, and Marquette used excellent ball movement to create lots of open looks and easy baskets. Providence kept fighting, and even had an amazing run to give them a chance to take the lead in the final minute, and even tie it in the end. With 12 seconds to go and a three point lead, Marquette played excellent defense to force Vincent Council into an off-balanced desperation three to tie as time winded down. Sharaud Curry (who was the only one would could hit a three all night – he was 5-9 and Providence was 6-22 overall) could not get open, and the late comeback fell short.
Turning point: In such a back and forth game with a crazy ending, it’s kind of difficult to define the exact turning point. I felt like there were several, and they mostly involved poor plays by Marshon Brooks. After one of Marquette’s 11 three pointers put the Golden Eagles up by 5 with about 4 minutes to go, the Friars really needed a quality possession to keep the game from slipping away. Brooks got the ball, and drove out of control into traffic for an obvious charge. Things looked over when it 80-73 with only a minute to go, but Providence fought back and scored 6 points in the span of 5 seconds! Vincent Council hit a foul shot but missed the second, and Curry got the rebound in the corner for a sick fall-away three. Council stole the inbounds pass and fed Greedy for an easy layup. After a timeout, Marquette was not able to inbound the ball and got a 5 second call! Providence had the ball down 1, with under a minute to go. Who gets the shot attempt? Marshon Brooks made a nice move to the hoop but was faced with two Golden Eagles defenders as he went up for the tough layup. Blocked shot (by Darius Mo$#F$#@-Johnson Odom of all people), and Marquette gets the ball back. After an ill-advised three by Cubbilan, MU got a huge huge offensive, and Hayward was able to hit 2 foul shots. PC could not get off a good shot off in the final 12 seconds trailing by three, and that’s the ballgame folks.
Player of the Game: Lazar Hayward. This time for once, the Friars were burned by the opposing team’s star player. Hayward scored 20 of his 28 points in the second half, and hit big three after big three. Throw in some clutch free throws down the stretch, and there is your player of the game.
Goat of the Game: Marshon Brooks. Only 4 points, plus 4 turnovers, 0-3 from downtown, and lots of bad plays in important situations.
Projo Hoops Blog: PC loses late to Marquette, 82-79