It’s going to be an up and down season. For the first half against La Salle in Cancun, it couldn’t be more down. All of the offensive problems the Friars have been having this season combined with the awakening zombie of last year’s defense to form a super team of invectiveness. Let’s call it the anti-Voltron. I mean, can that be any more fitting — afterall Voltron was the DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE . And yes, I realize I just incredibly dated myself.
Despite digging themselves in a massive hole in the first half, the Friars found a way to claw back midway in the second by forcing turnovers and taking advantage of La Salle’s strange sudden lack of aggressiveness. However, the evil arm piece of the super team of invectiveness, aka “Terrible Foul Shooting Force”, took over and made sure there would be no comeback.
It was obviously not the greatest showing for the young team’s first road game, but unfortunately there are going to be games like this all season. Let’s hope for a nice bounce back against Wyoming tonight.
Let’s hit up the recap after the jump.
LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’
- Despite scoring at will in the 1st half (via transition buckets, three-pointers, layups, easy putbacks, foul shots, pretty much whatever they wanted agains the Friars defense), La Salle struggled in the 2nd and ended up with their season average in effective field goal percentage. PC had issues all game, but actually had a slightly worse eFG% in the Morgan State and Yale games.
- If you read my game preview, you saw that I mentioned how PC had a good chance to grab lots of offensive rebounds. Well, if you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you already know to do a George Costanza and do the exact opposite of whatever I say. The Friars got absolutely manhandled on both sides of the glass. La Salle grabbed just over half of their own misses (obviously these all occurred in the 2nd half, since the Explorers didn’t miss ANY shots in the first) and generated 26 second chance points. Aaric Murray got 4 offensive boards in 24 minutes of play, Earl Pettis (formely of Rutgers) had 4, and Jerrell Williams chipped in with 3. Providence had a good amount of their own, but only because of the numerous shots flying off the rim. The most impressive number: Ron Giplaye had 4 offensive rebounds in 14 minutes of play.
- The Friars had their best game in taking care of the ball, and their defense even generated their best turnover % (25.3%). Explorer forward Jerrell Williams actually had more turnovers (8) than the whole Friars team (7)! Despite the discrepancy, the Friars only outscored La Salle in points off turnovers by a margin of 16-10.
- So yeah, the Friars had a good free throw rate. At the end of the game, I’m pretty sure La Salle was intentionally fouling since there was a good chance the Friars would only come up with 1 or no points.
OTHER STAT NOTES
La Salle: 112.0
- I didn’t have by half stats so I couldn’t get the possession data, but I’m pretty sure La Salle was was somewhere around 150 oRtg for the first half.
- Duke Mondy (46.8 oRtg) and Gerard Coleman (68.8) played very inefficient games. It was more troubling for Gerard Coleman since he used a season high 27.5% possessions.
- Vincent Council has had an offensive rating about 100 in 4 out of his 5 games.
- Everybody but Jerrell Williams on La Salle had well over a 100 offensive rating (and give players had over 125). His ridiculous 33% possession percentage was due to his insane 8 turnovers.
Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.
Earl Pettis – Mike Rice would probably like to have this guy on Rutgers this year. Unless he never scores more than 8 points in a game this year, which is highly possible.
Aaric Murray – Didn’t even need to play much in the first half, but helped stave off the Friars comeback in the 2nd.
Ron Giplaye - THE GIPPER! Lots of good things happened when he was on the court. 5 rebounds and 4 blocks in about 45 seconds of play.
Devon White – Thanks for making me think of your brother DeSean. He continues to haunt the Friars years after his departure.
Vincent Council – At least someone can drill a three with some consistency.
Gerard Coleman – So yeah its the second time here. Let’s chalk it up to freshman inconsistency. No need to panic folks.
Duke Mondy – If he doesn’t find his long range stroke soon, he may not see 20 minutes a game anymore.
BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!
AROUND THE INTERWEBS
Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Defeated By La Salle, 84-73
The Providence College Friar men’s basketball team was defeated by La Salle University, 84-73, on Tuesday, November 23 in the third round of the Cancun Challenge. The Friars arrived in Cancun having won their first two games of the Challenge at home, defeating Morgan State, 77-55, on November 18 and Prairie View, 78-62, on November 20.
La Salle jumped out to an 18-point halftime lead and played well down the stretch to hold off Providence, 84-73, on Tuesday at the Cancun Challenge. Sophomore Aaric Murray, who scored 14 straight points late in the second half to keep the Friars at bay, led the Explorers with 20 points and 11 rebounds. He was one of five La Salle players in double-figures.
“We kind of figured they would play us some zone,” said Davis, whose team missed a chance to give Providence its first 5-0 start since the 1990-91 season. “We haven’t worked and seen it really in the first four games, and so you credit them, they were well prepared and they were going to force us to take some outside shots. We shot way too many 3s.”
Projo Hoops Blog: Red flags everywhere in PC’s 84-73 loss
PC fell behind at the half by a 44-28 count and despite a better effort in the final 20 minutes (won by PC, 45-40) the Friars could not rally from behind. PC will play Wyoming in the third place game Wednesday.
Philly.com: Murray paces La Salle in upset of Providence
“Any time your team gives a great effort, you have to be happy,” La Salle coach John Giannini said. “Our effort was tremendous. All eight guys who played contributed a great deal. It was a great team win. We keep getting better, and I think we can keep getting better.”
Philly Enquirer: La Salle knocks off Providence in Mexico
La Salle, winner of three straight, will look to capture its first regular-season tournament championship since winning the 2004 Dr Pepper Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn., Wednesday night when it faces No. 11 Missouri at 9:30
Friar Basketball: La Salle Downs Friars 84-73
A loss to a decent A10 team isn’t a huge surprise for a young Friar team, but signs of what plagued this team a year ago (reliant on 3s, giving up big numbers in the paint, shaky transition defense) were red flags.
To their credit, Providence continued to fight defensively and held La Salle to 35% shooting in the second half. Still, the defense broke down on several occasions in the second half leading to a whopping 22 second half free throws for the Explorers, who broke down PC’s defense when they needed to.
Aaric Murray scored 20 points to lead four players in double figures and La Salle defeated Providence 84-73 on Tuesday night.
THOUGHTS ELSEWHERE AROUND TWITTER
@Aslom10 Friars MVP today- Ron Giplaye, Vincent Council. Friars LVP today- Gerard Coleman, Keno Davis, Duke Mondy.
PhillyFriar Sounds like Friars just sh*t the bed against La Salle. How you can let a mid-level A-10 team shoot 69% in a half is beyond me.
@SteveHartnett92 Let’s hopes there was a lot learned today in Cancun because there was definitely some schooling going on…
@TTAPCBBall Missed the second half. Good thing.
@FriarBasketball Here’s hoping Anderson and Crider can shoot. This PC team needs shooters and will struggle until they get some. Lasalle’s D was awful
@PCDen May be a blessing in disguise. Would rather face Wyoming than Missouri’s 40 Minutes of Hell.