The Providence Friars went to 8-1 after beating URI 87-74, and looked damned impressive in doing so. Marshon Brooks and Vincent Council continue to put up great numbers as leaders of the team. After a schedule full of cupcake wins, it was great to see the team have their best performance of the year against their toughest opponent so far. Helping out the situation was a great fan turnout (on both sides). The confidence is growing, leaders are emerging, and the Friars just may be better than most people expected.
(Photo courtesy of ADonahue7 on Twitter)
Let’s get to the recap after the jump!
LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’
- Aside from falling just short of the 50% in eFG% against Northeastern, the Friars have been able to hit that mark or better in the their last four games. The thing to get more excited about is that they put up similar numbers across both halves. PC actually shot better in the 1st for once (55% eFG%), but stayed consistent with a solid 48% eFG% in the 2nd.
- Providence did all their offensive rebounding in the first half, getting 10 of their 12 total. Only three Friars grabbed at least one off the glass (Bilal Dixon led the team with 5, while Brooks and Batts both had 2), and the team got 10 2nd chance points. The Rams had more opportunities to get their own misses, which is why they were able to grab 11 in the 2nd half for 14 second chance points. Delroy James tied for the game high with 5, and Will Martell had 4.
- The Friars got to the line at a crazy rate, taking 6 more attempts in the 2nd half than the Rams did all game. In fact, Marshon Brooks had as many attempts as the entire team (and even made three more). The line was a huge part of the Friars scoring in the 2nd half, consisting of 18 of the 44 total points. PC didn’t get many points off turnovers or 2nd chance points in the 2nd frame, but they didn’t need to getting to the line so much.
- Turnovers were more prevalent in the first half for both teams, but overall the Friars and Rams did a good job of protecting the ball with turnover percentages under 20%.
OTHER STAT NOTES
* 1st Half: 120.4
* 2nd Half: 114.4
Rhode Island: 100
* 1st Half: 107.2
* 2nd Half: 89.1
- I think you have to go back to the Prairie View A&M game to find where the Friars were actually better or comparable in offensive efficiency in the first half of a game.
- Marshon Brook and Vincent Council used up a majority of the Friars’ possessions (35 total), but they were incredibly efficient at doing so. Brooks had a 116 offensive rating, and Council was at 212.
- Providence came close to limiting the opponent to under 1 point per possession (which they’ve done 5 times already this season), as URI hit the mark exactly. However, it was great to see PC’s defense excell again the 2nd half, keeping the Rams under a 90 efficiency rating.
Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.
Marshon Brooks – Joined the 1,000 point club, and just keeps putting up numbers on the defensive end.
Vincent Council – The addition of his great three-point shooting has elevated his game even more. Think he has a triple-double in his future?
Gerad Coleman – Just keeps getting more efficient the field. Gotta work on that foul shot though.
Bilal Dixon – Didn’t need much from him on offense when he he’s grabbing 12 boards and getting 6 blocks
Delroy James – Carried the team (someone might wanna check if he has any back problems today), but foul trouble in the first and poor shooting in the 2nd kept him from carrying the team even more.
Nikola Malesevic – Could have used a better game from behind the arc (1-4), but still ended up with 10 points.
Akeem Richmond – His shooting day summarized the lack of help the Rams gave Delroy James – 2-8 overall, and 1-6 from downtown.
BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!
AROUND THE INTERWEBS
The Providence College men’s basketball team improved its record to 8-1 on the season, scoring an 87-74 victory over intrastate rival Rhode Island on Saturday afternoon, December 4, at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Rams fall to 5-3 on the season.Senior guard Marshon Brooks (Stone Mountain, Ga.) led the Friars in scoring for the sixth time in nine games, finishing with 26 points. The senior also made history at 15:36 of the first half when he hit a layup to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career at Providence. Brooks is the 43rd player in Providence College history to reach the 1,000 point mark.
Go Rhody: Rhody Falls at Providence, 87-74
The Rams were out rebounded 42-37 and struggled from the field where they connected on just 38.9 percent from the field. URI did receive a strong contribution from its bench as it outscored PC 25-13.
“They’re quick. They’re a lot quicker than I anticipated,” Baron said after watching PC run over and around his club Saturday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. “They played well.”
Council stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, four 3-pointers, 10 assists and 7 rebounds in 37 busy minutes.
“I see him play every day, so I know he’s a star. I saw him all summer, and he keeps improving,” Brooks said. “He feels he can get around anybody, and that’s what he was doing tonight. I guard him in practice. It’s tough. It’s tough to keep him out of the paint.”
Projo.com: Friars Journal: Brooks gives PC a complete effort in victory
While many fans and the media tried to boil this year’s game down to Brooks vs. James, that showdown never really developed. James jumped into instant foul trouble guarding Brooks and still put up 14 points in 12 first-half minutes. Brooks took his turn guarding James but shared those duties with Duke Mondy and Kadeem Batts, among others in what turned into an 87-74 Providence victory.
For Saturday was the biggest win of Davis’ young PC career, even bigger than when his Friars beat Pitt two seasons ago when the Panthers came in here ranked number one in the country.
The Sun Chronicle: PC takes care of in-state rivals
“I was really pumped, we needed this win,” said Council of the Friars’ best win of the season, over a good opponent. “We came out of the game, trying to be aggressive. This is big for our confidence.”
The Woonsocket Call: Young Friars torch Rams, 87-74
PC delivered the type of performance that had URI coach Jim Baron convinced that the Friars might be better than what many people thought coming into the season. Led by speedy point guard Vincent Council, the Friars toyed with the Rams’ pressure defense to the point that Baron had no choice but to stop pressing fullcourt in the second half.
Friar Basketball: Friars Enjoy Break Out vs Rams; Improve to 8-1
Vincent Council just might be the next great Providence College Friar.
Like Ryan Gomes before him, Council showed flashes of brilliance during a “wow, this kid was under-rated coming out of high school” freshman year and looks like he’s following that up with a Gomes-like sophomore season in which Providence fans begin realizing they have one of the nation’s best kept secrets.
ESPN (AP): Providence 87, Rhode Island 74
Providence had four scorers with at least 12 points and shot 48 percent from the field to Rhode Island’s 39 percent. An alley-oop from Council to Coleman with 36 seconds remaining got the crowd on its feet and earned Council, a sophomore, his second career double-double.
TWEET OF THE GAME
Lots of great fan tweets for the day, but I thought it was great to see this one from Raphielle Johnson (who watches more college basketball than anyone)
THOUGHTS ELSEWHERE AROUND TWITTER
@rjfriedman Way to go Friars! 8-1 and a nice win against URI! #pcbb
@MRyter24 Big win for the Friars! haven’t seen the Dunk like that since 2003! #pcbb #volvos60
@kerri2685 I bleed black and white. #pcbb
@raphiellej Good win for #pcbb 87-74. 8 straight for the home team in the series between the Friars and #URI .
@PhillyFriar Big win for Friars today against URI at a rocking Dunkin Donuts Center. Easily the most complete game they’ve played all year.
@PCDen Big win tonight for the Friars against an always tough URI team. On to Brown, BC, and Bama next week!
@brian_hodge Delroy James looks like a pro. Good size, skills. No help tho. PC has more weapons. #friars
@SteveHartnett92 Impressive performance by Providence in the 13 point win over URI. Friartown takes care of biz – 8-1!
@CWHager Love beating URI almost as much as watching Sox beat the Yankees! #gofriars #beatURI
@JMulley No “D” = #Friars win! Eat it #URI! #pcbb
@ZachD4576 Glad the Friars beat those URI Rams!
@midgetheshort And the Friars win in front of a full crowd at the Dunk! Yeah baby!!
@MattOliveira21 Kadeem Batts screams potential, he’s made some big time moves/plays. He could be a matchup nightmare in the future. #pcbb
@BigRud Good game URI but them Friars came to play baby…
@TTAPCBBall Also, way to show up, Rhody Nation. Here’s a tip. Next time, use markers for your posters so people can read them at more than 1 foot away.