The Friars lost a tough one on Wednesday night in their first road test of the season. After falling behind early thanks to BC’s hot outside shooting, Providence trailed by double digits for most of the 2nd half. Around the 7 minute mark, the pace picked up and PC clawed back – Marshon Brooks hit a few threes, the team rebounded well, and the Eagles were forced into some mistakes. BC was able to get some clutch plays by Reggie Jackson to hold onto their lead, but they left the door ever so slightly open when Joe Tripani missed a foul shot with 1 second left leaving Boston College up 2. A miracle win was just inches away as Vincent Council’s half court desperation shot hit the backboard and the front of the rim. So unbelievably close to a great 10-1 start.
I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND IS THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO . . ..
Ok, now that I have my Steve Johnson Twitter rant out of me, I will say that it is encouraging that the young team fought back on the road and gave themselves a chance to win. Marshon continued to step up in key situations, the press was effective at times, and the rebounding was great. Now let’s work on those half court offensive sets against the zone and continue to shore up that transition defense! Baby steps.
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The Providence College Friars were defeated by Boston College, 88-86, on Wednesday, December 8 at Chestnut Hill, Mass. For the Friars it was their first road game of the season.
The Providence College point guard simply put his body into high gear, raced towards midcourt at Conte Forum and let fly a prayer. His 50-foot heave nearly went down. The shot pounded off the backboard a bit too hard, caught a lot of rim and then spun away at the buzzer, giving Boston College a hard-earned 88-86 win over the Friars.
“Our inexperienced really showed. It’s showed the while year but we’ve been able to find ways to win,” he said. “Coming on the road for the first time, we saw some things that surprised us. But we learned from one half to the second, and I like our chances to become a good team, because on a night where the other team shoots 52 percent against you and 50 percent from three, and some guys have some off games, and yet it’s a one-basket game at the end.”
GoLocalProv: Friars Fall Short at Boston College 88-86
The Providence Friars had their first real road test of the season Wednesday night. And while PC did not ace the test, they didn’t fail it either. The Friars rally fell short in the end as they lost at Boston College 88-86.
BC, which never trailed and was tied just once early in the game, held a 42-31 halftime lead. The Eagles saw a 15-point second half lead whittled to two with 90 seconds to play and again in the final minute.
Boston Herald: Eagles escape Friars
“I’m just past halfcourt at the other 3(-point) line watching and I’m like, ‘Oh, gosh. He got it off. There’s no way,’ ” Jackson said. “Then I turned my head, ‘Oh, my goodness, it looks like it’s going to go in.’ Fortunately it was going too fast and it hit the backboard and just rattled out.”
Boston.com: Lucky bounce for Eagles
“They got down by 15, it’s almost like that team is more dangerous, because they play with such reckless abandon,’’ said BC coach Steve Donahue. “It’s amazing how much confidence they play with. Then they start getting it going.
The Sun Chronicle: Friars’ rally fizzles
Not defending the three-point shot, nor shooting it very well either, the Providence College basketball Friars nearly erased a 15-point deficit – missing by the margin of a Vincent Council three-point shot from half court off the backboard and rim at the buzzer.
The Truth About PC Basketball: Friars Comeback Falls Literally Inches Short
Coming out of his hand, it didn’t look like it had a chance at all, which may have been a function of the shoddy BC camera work (seriously, AWFUL job by the cameraman as well as the BC radio commentators dubbed over the feed). When it reached the basket, though, it connected with the center of the backboard, hit the INSIDE of the rim, and popped out after a very long split second of hanging on the rim. Literally, a one inch difference in the trajectory of the ball, and the Friars would be walking away with win #10, a spot in SportsCenter’s top 10, and a whole lot of national publicity for the best kept secret in the Big East, VC.
The good news is that the Providence College Basketball Team is off to their best start since the 1988-89 season. But the bad news is they lost a nailbiter to rival Boston College last night.