The Providence Friars defeated Northeastern 77-72 to improve to 7-1 this season.
WHY PROVIDENCE WON: After a really slow start, the Friars had another great 2nd half on both ends of the court. This can’t be just a coincidence now, right? Even though the Huskies hung around until the very end, Providence got stops when they needed to, was very selective and effective from behind the arc in key situations, and hit their foul shots down the stretch. Throw in a dominant performance on the offensive glass (the Friars rebounded 21 of their 34 misses!) and PC is your winner.
TURNING POINT: Marshon Brooks (27 points, 8 rebounds) and Vincent Council (15 points, 8 boards, 6 assists) had numerous key baskets to help gain and stretch the lead back in the 2nd half, but the biggest was Brooks’ deep three with just over a minute left in the game. Northeastern would simply not go away, and was only down 4 before Marshon’s backbreaker trey. I was just listening on the radio, but it seemed like one of those “NOOOOOOO” “YESSSSS” kinda deals.
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PLAYER OF THE GAME: So many to choose from tonight. While Vincent Council had lots of big hoops during the run that gave the Friars the lead, and Marshon Brooks had another dominant scoring 2nd half with 18 points to ice the game, both players had 5 turnovers. That leaves Bilal Dixon, who had a monster of a game with 14 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Welcome back to the team big guy! You’ve been missed.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Everyone on Northeastern except Chaisson Allen and Joel Smith. Those two combined to shoot 14-27 (and 5-12 from downtown), but the rest of the team couldn’t provide much more production by shooting just 15-38 (39%).