The third leg of the GUANTLET proved similar to the first few — the Friars played pretty well in the first half, but struggled offensively only to fade late in the second. Thankfully for some lucky fans, they did not have to witness the momentum changing Georgetown 14-1 run, or the inability to score late, thanks to the fan with the sign below.
Despite only being down as little as three in the final several minutes, Providence could not execute offensively, and continually let the Hoyas score on easy inside baskets. The Hoyas were clearly the bigger and better team, and the Friars obviously still have some work to do in being able to execute in games down the stretch. The losing obviously sucks, but hopefully the team can look at how they were able to compete with these very good teams for 20 minutes, and start getting closer to 40 minutes of good basketball.
Read the rest of the recap after the jump!
LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’
- The Friars’ 40.2% eFG% was their third worst of the season, behind St. John’s on the road (38.6%, in a game they surprisingly won, well, because it was against St. John’s) and the Iona debacle at home (34.6%). Since hitting 13 threes against Cincinnati on the road, the Friars have gone 6-21, 6-22, and 7-27 from behind the arc. Well, at least they are consistent, eh?
- Providence was able to dominate on the offensive glass, leading to a 20-8 advantage in second chance points. If they were able to actually shoot in the game, that number could have been crazy high. Bilal Dixon had a career 16 total rebounds, getting half of them offensively. Greedy Peterson chipped in with usual 5 ORB, and Brian McKenzie and Russ Permenter (who???) also got 2. Chris Wright led the Hoyas with 2, and five others chipped in with 1 offensive board.
- Turnovers were relatively even (leading to a slight Hoya edge in points off turnovers, 13-9), but a few Friar mistakes stood out in my mind as momentum changers. With PC building a 4 point lead late in the first half, Marshon Brooks turned it over two times in a row. The Hoyas were only able to get a bucket as a result, but Providence really had a chance to head into the locker room with a nice lead. During Georgetown’s 14-1 in the second half, Vincent Council dribbled the ball off of his foot (or maybe it was his defender) — Chris Wright got the steal and the nice bucket, who sank his foul shot for the three point play after Duke Mondy fouled him (but not hard enough!). 49-48 Hoyas, and they didn’t look back.
- The last two games PC had a terrible time of getting to the line. Even though they did a pretty good job against G’Town, maybe all that time off from the charity stripe left them rusty. Peterson and Council combined to go 7-15. Marshon Brooks got the line the most after Greedy, and at least went a perfect 8-8.
OTHER STAT NOTES
The game was slightly faster in the 2nd half, with about 34 possessions.
* 1st Half: 104.0
* 2nd Half: 98.5
* 1st Half: 97.7
* 2nd Half: 127.8
Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.
Greg Monroe – What are you still doing playing in college? Go to the NBA. Become an All-Star. Make millions! It’ll be great, I swear.
Chris Wright – Great defense, great offense
Bilal Dixon – Getting better and better each time out. Wish everyone else could play as hard as him. Maybe he can hold a camp this summer!
Julian Vaughn – Aaaaaaaaaand there is your random player with a career high in points for the night.
Jamine Peterson – Yeah the points were nice, but imagine if he could shoot foul shots?? Oh, the places we’d go. I have him at two because I couldn’t decide if banking in a three would be a +1 or -1. Still undecided.
Vincent Council – At least if he truly was sick ,we’d have a reason for his poor game. Or we can just chalk it up to freshman things. That’s how I was able to sleep last night
Marshon Brooks – Paul Pierce is a douchebag. There, I said it again.
BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!
AROUND THE INTERWEBS
Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Defeated By No. 7/8 Georgetown
The Providence College men’s basketball team (12-12, 4-8 BIG EAST) fell to No. 7/8 Georgetown (18-5, 8-4 BIG EAST) by a score of 79-70 on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. After the Friars led by as many as seven (47-40) in the second half, the Hoyas used a 14-1 run over a span of 5:18 to pull away from PC and claim the victory.
Junior guard Chris Wright (Bowie, Md./St. John’s College HS) scored 21 points and sophomore center Greg Monroe (New Orleans, La./Helen Cox) added 12 points, a career-high 12 assists and seven rebounds as the No. 7-ranked Georgetown men’s basketball team used a key second half run to pull away from Providence for a 79-70 win at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Such a chance was at hand Tuesday in a nationally televised contest at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The youthful Friars led by two points at the half and by seven with 15 minutes left, but the Hoyas responded with a game-changing 14-1 run and dashed PC’s upset hopes with a 79-70 victory.
Sun Chronicle: No. 7 Hoyas brush off pesky PC
Truth be told, the Hoyas (18-5, 8-4) outscored PC (12-12, 4-8) 14-1 over a five-minute stretch, erasing that seven-point deficit (47-40) and never allowing the Friars a comfort zone on offense. The Friars shot just 4-for-14 from the floor over the first 10 minutes of the second half, shot just 31 percent during the second half (10-for-32) and missed a dozen free throws.
Hoya junior guard Chris Wright scored 21 points, junior forward Julian Vaughn scored a career-high 19 points, junior guard Austin Freeman added 17 and 6-foot-11 sophomore center Greg Monroe had 12 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds.
WBRU News: PC falls to 7th-ranked Georgetown, 79-70
PC was the more physical team all night. The Friars crashed the boards hard, especially on the offensive end, and won the rebounding battle 42-31. But the Hoyas’ superb ball movement and shooting prowess ultimately overwhelmed the home team, sending the Friars to their fourth consecutive loss.
Keno on his team playing with heart:
Projo.com: Friars Journal: Brooks not himself on court
Brooks bounced back after a sub-par effort in a loss to Marquette with 18 points in PC’s 79-70 loss to Georgetown on Tuesday night. Even so, Brooks clearly is not comfortable on the court right now. He’s not catching the ball in scoring position often enough and frequently holds the ball and disrupts the flow of the offense.
FriarBasketball: Shooters Wanted, Pillar 2 Emerging
In fear of beating a dead horse, Providence simply has to bring in better shooters if they expect to win playing Keno Davis’ style. The lack of interior depth is an obvious issue, the defensive woes are apparent, but the under the radar issue on this roster is the lack of pure shooters.
Casual Hoya: Georgetown Slides Past Providence, 79-70
When you say double-double and big man, how many times do you think of points and assists? Greg Monroe willed the Hoyas past the scrappy Providence Friars tonight, with 12 points and 12 assists. It was a big sigh of relief for the Hoya Faithful, as Georgetown finally beat a team they were supposed to beat.
Hoya Prospectus: Recap: Georgetown 79, Providence 70
Having said that, this was actually the best defensive performance for the Hoyas since the start of conference play. Why? They forced the Friars into a ton of missed shots – missed jump shots actually. Provy was 7/27 [26%] on 3FG, but also made only 1/13 2-pt jump shots. That’s a combined 8/40 [20%] on all jumpers, and they took a lot of them. Jump shots made up 40/61 [66%] of their total shot attempts from the field.
Hoya Hoops: Providence Recap
In the game following Georgetown’s impressive thrashing of Duke, the Hoyas suffered a disappointing loss at the hands of a lesser Big East opponent. Georgetown made sure there was no such letdown after the win over Villanova. The Hoyas overcame a mid-game slump and a eight-point second half deficit to defeat Providence 79-70, improving to 8-4 in Big East play.
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