The Providence Friars crushed Morgan State 77-55 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. They are now 3-0 on the young season.
WHY PROVIDENCE WON: D-effing-fense. Once again, the Friars showed energy and toughness on defense. The game was close for the first 3/4 quarters of the game because PC could not score no matter where they shot from – they were awful from downtown (1-16 overall), couldn’t hit early free throws, and just couldn’t buy a bucket. Defense and rebounding kept Providence afloat. Morgan State continually only had one chance to score each time down the floor – and lots of those chances resulted in a Bilal Dixon or Kadeem Batts block (they combined for 7). Once Marshon Brooks got going offensively (he had 16 of his 22 points in the 2nd half), Providence kept their foot on the gas defensively and pulled away. A perfect way to close out the game? Yes, an ALLEY OOP to BRYCE COTTON.
TURNING POINT: With 9:47 left in the game, it was a 42-42 score. Then, as John Rooke put it in the post game show – “Someone flipped on the energy switch”. The team started passing better, everyone started hitting their foul shots, and everything just came together.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Bilal Dixon. Marshon’s 2nd half should not be overlooked for handling all the scoring (and for getting another double-double, and SIX assists!), but Dixon’s game on defense really set the tone for the game for the Friars. Bilal had all of his 5 blocks in the 2nd half alone, and he had his 3rd straight game of double digits rebounds.
GOAT(S) OF THE GAME: Kevin Thompson. Yeah he had another double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. However, the preseason player of the year in the MEAC was held to 6-18 shooting thanks to the defense of Dixon and Batts. Oh yeah and that guy who hit 7-11 threes in Morgan State’s only game this year? 0-5 from downtown for DeWayne Jackson. Oh and he fouled out too.
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