For such an unappetizing piece of Brown Bear meat to go in between those two pieces of Rival bread, the Friars sure made it tasty. Making sure not to bask too long in the glorious victory against URI this past weekend while also not looking ahead to the important Boston College road game on Wednesday, the Providence Friars (9-1) surged past Brown 91-64. Marshon Brooks (career high 33 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals) and Vincent Council (19 points, career high 16 assists) picked up right where they left off on Saturday with two amazing performances.
Things didn’t start so smooth, with Brown leading early by as much as 8 by shooting the ball well from behind the arc. However, Brooks and Council proved to be the best players on the court, and Brown had no answer defensively. The win moves the team to 9-1, their best start since I was rocking old school Transformers in 2nd grade, and Homer Simpson was rocking his infamous Haig in ’88 t-shirt. While the start might not seem as impressive due to the schedule, you have to be impressed with the team’s effort so far this season, and also start to wonder what else the team is capable of given how phenomenal Marshon and VC have been playing.
Hit up the recap after the jump
LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT ‘THE FOUR FACTORS’
- It’s odd to see a pretty close eFG% for both teams, considering the game was such a blowout. Brown actually shot really well in the first half (67% eFG%), hitting 6-13 from three point land. PC shot worse in that half, but benefited by getting more opportunities from offensive rebounding. The second half was a complete turnaround, as the Friars were deadly from three (6-13) and shot 64% eFG%. We know what Marshon and VC did to contribute to great shooting, but how about big man Kadeem The Dream Batts? The redshirt freshman hit both of his treys on the way to a great 83.3% eFG%. On the other hand, the Brown Bears’ shots stopped falling from everywhere in the last 20 minutes, and Providence didn’t let them get many 2nd chances.
- The Friars grabbed half of their own misses or more for the 2nd time this season (Northeastern). Even though most of the damage was done in the first as PC got 12 of their 20 missed shots back, both halves produced 8 second chance points each. Seven Friars had at least one offensive rebound, led as usual by Bilal Dixon with 5. Only Dartmouth rebounded worse on the offensive glass against the Friars. Brown’s 23.5% offensive rebounding percentage only led to 6 second chance points. To be fair, Keno unleashed RAY HALL in the last 6 minutes and he grabbed 4 defensive rebounds.
- The first half of the game was sloppy on both ends, as 23 of the game’s 32 total turnovers were made. Despite 10 first half miscues, the Friars were able to get below a 20% turnover percentage for the 5th time in 6 games (they were 22.7% against Northeastern). Marshon Brooks had no turnovers for the first time all season, a feat he accomplished 8 times last season.
OTHER STAT NOTES
* 1st Half: 105.8
* 2nd Half: 143.1
* 1st Half: 94.6
*2nd Half: 82.7
- The Friars were only more efficient in their win against Central Connecticut State. Helping that number immensely was Vincent Council and his ridiculous 234.7 offensive rating. Marshon Brooks was also incredibly efficient with his 22.5% possession percentage putting up a 162 rating.
- This was the 6th time this season PC held their opponent lower than a 90 efficiency rating, already matching last season’s defensively challenge squad.
Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.
Marshon Brooks – No assists Marshon? WTF DUDE? Ok, so 33 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, and ZERO turnovers make up for that. You are forgiven! This was the fourth game he’s had over 25 points.
Vincent Council – He out-assisted the entire Brown team by 3.
Garrett Leffelman – 14 first half points kept the Bears in the game for the first 20 minutes.
Ray Hall – 5 rebounds in 6 minutes. FREE RAY HALL.
Bilal Dixon – Just missing getting a double-double by a point. He was really the 3rd wheel in the whole Council-to-Brooks couple.
Sean McGonagill – Mainly because of that name. Also because he had 2nd most points for Brown with 12, but also had 5 turnovers.
Josh Biber – Just for having that name.
BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!
AROUND THE INTERWEBS
Sophomore guard Vincent Council tied a school record with 16 assists to propel the Providence College men’s basketball team (9-1) to a 91-64 victory over Brown Monday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.Council’s (Brooklyn, N.Y.) game-high 16 helpers tied the PC school record set by Vin Ernst (Feb. 9, 1963). He also became the first Friar to record 15-or-more assists since Jim Larranaga dished out 15 on (Dec. 8, 1969).
Projo.com: Friars sprint away from Bears, 91-64
“I wasn’t sure how we would respond coming off the big victory over Rhode Island with such a young team but I felt there wasn’t any reason we wouldn’t have the same intensity that we’ve had all year,” said Davis. “We learned something. We learned how to come off a big victory and keep your momentum going.”
“I can guarantee that he didn’t know he was closing in on a record. He’s one of those guys truly most concerned about us winning games. He’s a winner, and when he just wants to run the show it makes him so valuable [to] a coach,” Davis said.
The Sun Chronicle: Council assists in PC victory
“It was just the flow of the game and my teammates hitting good shots,” said Council of the Friars running the open floor, scoring 29 fastbreak points, scoring 48 points in the paint. “In the first half (PC was trailing 31-23 after Brown ran off 15 straight points) we came out kind of flat. In the first five minutes (of the second half) we wanted to jump on them and get a big lead.”
GoLocalProv: Friars Improve to (9-1) With 91-64 Win Over Brown
In the world of sports there’s something known as a “trap” game. It’s a game that falls directly between two “big” games on a team’s schedule. Last night, the PC Friars played one of those games and, for a half, it looked like they might fall victim to the trap. However, in the end, the Friars prevailed beating the Brown Bears 91-64.
ESPN (AP): Providence 91, Brown 64
Vincent Council scored 19 points and tied the Providence single-game assist record with 16 in a 91-64 win over Brown on Monday night.Marshon Brooks scored a career-high 33, for his fourth straight game with at least 20 points, for the Friars (9-1).
TWEET OF THE GAME
THOUGHTS ELSEWHERE AROUND TWITTER
@MattOliveira21 Council and Brooks killed tonight. Brown isn’t very good to say the least. #pcbb
@malcalorie #pcbb is basically making my senior year epic. Go friars!
@TTAPCBBall Bring us the Superfrauds! Conte Forum is OUR HOUSE. #BeatBC
@PhilRealMcCoy You know your team isn’t going to win when you have a player named josh bieber and he looks like he should surfing #pcbb # brownbasketball
@VegasTony23 Up 5 at half. U had to expect some letdown. Council is clearly the best player on the floor. Crowd is gonna filter out early though. #pcbb