In Keno Davis’ first season two years ago, the Friars opened up the year with a tough home game against a scrappy Northeastern team. With a new coach and system, the experienced team struggled and lost a game that would haunt them come March. Last night, the young Friars opened up their season at the DUNK against one of the worst Division I teams in the nation. Brilliant scheduling this go around. The result was a complete blowout win that gave all the new players a chance to show what they can offer, and hopefully a confidence boost for the first week of games. Even though the Dartmouth offense was horrible, it was good to see Keno’s team come out with energy on defense (they played man-to-man most of the night). And, I know it’s way too early to tell, but Vincent Council and Gerard Coleman are going to be great together. Friars announcer John Rooke said it best himself during the broadcast after Coleman fed Council for a layup on a fast break – “It’s going to be fun watching those guys the next four years”.
Feels good to win a game again doesn’t it?
Oh and speaking of cupcakes, I was at Stop and Shop this morning and noticed that Hostess Cupcakes were on sale 10 for $10. Am I only the only one who prefers the weird Orange flavored kind to the regular chocolate? Sure, they may not be made of materials found on this earth, but I am drown to the orange and creme flavor. Anyhoo…
LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’
- Last season, the Friars held their opponent under an 80 offensive rating three times – St. John’s (?!), Vermont, and Bryant. Even Bryant was able to manage a 71.6 rating. Dartmouth’s was 67.5. Providence had a very good 113 offensive rating, a number they topped 12 times last year (6 in the BIG EAST, 6 out of conference).
- If there was thing to not be happy with concerning the Friars play, it was definitely taking care of the ball – PC turned it a little more than 1/4 of their possessions. Even with the starters playing the bulk of the time in the first half, PC coughed it up 9 times. Fortunately for the Friars, Dartmouth couldn’t piss in the ocean and could only convert 20 total turnovers into 16 points. Six Providence players had at least 2 turnovers, but Marshon Brooks led the team with 4.
- Providence did a great job at limiting Dartmouth’s second chance points. The Big Green produced a ton of misses, and the Friars were able to rebound % of them, leading to only 6 2nd chance points for Dartmouth. Bilal Dixon grabbed 10 defensive rebounds (11 overall) to lead all players. On the offensive glass, only Marshon Brooks and freshman Lee Goldsbrough had more than one offensive board (two each). Dartmouth forward Clive Weeden led the game with 5 offensive rebounds, but they couldn’t capitalize on most of the second efforts.
- Dartmouth, you got beat pretty much in every statistical category, except free throw rate! Good job getting to the line I guess?
OTHER STAT NOTES
* 1st Half: 124
* 2nd Half: 105
* 1st Half: 56.7
* 2nd Half: 79.5
- 14 Friars saw the court on Saturday, and 11 made it to the scoring column. Six of those 11 had their first points as a Friar
- Walk-ons played a 13 total minutes, but did Xavier Davis, Chris Carter, and Mike Murray did not register any points.
- For all the talk about concerns over shooting, the Friars sure did well from behind the arc. Vincent Council was 2-3, and six other players hit one apiece.
Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.
Vincent Council – Controlled the pace of the game from the start. Was the high scorer, even though he only played 75% of the game. After a badly missed forced three towards the end of the half, Council made up for it by nailing a buzzer beater right before the half.
Gerard Coleman – Right from the get go, Gerard made his presence felt. He scored 7 quick points as the Friars raced out to a 13-3 lead that they would never look back on. Coleman also gets props for backing up Bryce Cotton when he took exception to a foul on his fellow freshman. He got into some words with a random Dartmouth guy according to the radio broadcast. Love it.
Bryce Cotton – A dunk, a jumper, a three pointer, some steals. Really impressive debut. If not for Gerard Coleman, would have been one of the best scoring debuts for a Friar.
Bilal Dixon – Didn’t need him much offensively, but was a beast on the boards
Marshon Brooks – Despite getting 3 assists (woh!), Brooks pulled an 0fer in the first half. A scoring spurt of 7 points in 10 seconds (a four point play plus another quick 3 point play) gave him a respectable 13 for the 2nd half and game, but something was just off. Keno was not happy after an ill advised three at one point during the game — he called a timeout and pulled him out.
David Rufful – 0-8 from the field, including two misses from behind the arc.
OTHER PLAYER NOTES
The Channel Your Inner Greedy Peterson Award
Thankfully, this has something to do with an on court action. Kadeem Batts hit a surprise three pointer, and it brought back memories of Greedy in the initial stages last year before we knew he could consistently hit them. Goes up for a three – NOOOOOOOOOO – Basket – YEEEESSSS!!!! Batts must have taken copious notes while watching Peterson during his red shirt days last year. Let’s pray it was only on the offensive side.
BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!
AROUND THE INTERWEBS
Projo.com: PC 87, Dartmouth 52: This one was over early
The Friars jumped all over the Big Green from the opening tip and roared to an 87-52 win before 5,203 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The overmatched visitors are picked to finish last in the Ivy League this season and they very much looked the part. They missed 14 of their first 15 shots to fall behind 19-3 and never closed within a dozen points the rest of the way. PC led 46-21 at the half and built leads of as many as 41 points (83-42).
Projo.com: Plenty of playing time for youngsters
Davis said he’s not concerned about his substitution pattern at this early point of the season. Practices continue to be very competitive and he pointed out that Mondy, who’s battled hamstring woes, “is arguably good enough to start,” if he was healthy.
“I wouldn’t read a lot into our rotation right now,” said Davis. “It’s a learning process for me and for them.”
The Friars were led by sophomore Guard Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.), who registered 18 points and five assists. He was followed closely by fellow guard Gerard Coleman (Boston, Mass.), who earned the start in his first career game and recorded 17 points. It marks the highest point total for a freshman starting the season opener in program history at Providence. Sophomore Bilal Dixon (Jersey City, N.J.) led the Friar rebounding effort, pulling down a game-high 11 boards.
DartmouthSports.com: Cold Shooting Plagues Big Green in Season-Opening Loss
While Providence ripped the nets at a 55.9 percent clip (33-of-59), its defense put the clamps down on the Big Green shooters, holding them to just 25.4 percent (16-of-63) overall and 15.0 percent from long range (3-of-20). The Friars also dominated the boards, 52-28, but Dartmouth did force 20 turnovers.
Friar Basketball: Freshmen Poised in Win over Dartmouth
A huge factor in the porous defensive numbers was the transition defense. The long arms of Coleman and the quickness of Cotton will help this team’s pressure defense this season, but perhaps the biggest improvement these two could provide defensively is in their ability, and willingness, to recover.
WBRU News: Coleman shines as Friars win opener 87-52
Coleman, the prized freshman from Boston, Massachusetts, did not disappoint in his first night of regular season action. He shot 7 of 9 from the field, including a three-pointer, and had two assists and two steals as well. He started and played 27 minutes in the game, and Coach Davis was impressed with his progress.
Boring Ass AP Article: Providence 87, Dartmouth 52
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