The Providence Friars defeated Wyoming 84-77 in Cancun on Wednesday night to bring their record to 5-1 on the young season.
“We are a work in progress, but we are getting better. We are an average team right now.” – Keno Davis on the post game show.
WHY PROVIDENCE WON: The Friars bounced back from their poor shooting performance after a no show in the previous game against La Salle. I was watching the CBS GameTracker in the first half, and I honestly thought it was broken. The Friars didn’t take many threes in the opening half, but they were hitting them at a high percentage. Duke Mondy, widely criticized for his poor performance yesterday, ended up 4-6 from behind the arc. The team finished a great 8-20 (40%) from three point land, and shot 47% overall from the field.
TURNING POINT: With about 11 minutes to go in the game and the Friars clinging to a 54-50 lead, Bryce Cotton, Vincent Council, and Marshon Brooks all hit three pointers in three straight strips down the court. Wyoming would bounce back and threaten a few times down the streatch, but they could never get closer than 6 after Providence (well, Vincent Council) hit a majority of their freebies to maintain a nice lead.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Vincent Council. After the poor performance at the line from the team yesterday, can you think of anything better than a guy going 16-16 from the line (2nd best performance in 84 years of PC basketball according to John Rooke) ? On top of that , Council scored a career high 29 points.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Wyoming shot 55% from the field, but no thanks to Afam Muojeke, who went 1-6 from the field, including 1-5 from downtown.