The Providence Friars went to 10-2 on the season with an 82-70 win against Alabama at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Saturday afternoon.
WHY PROVIDENCE WON: Despite a 40-40 halftime score, the Friars defense was pretty porous. Alabama constantly beat them down the court in transition, and it seemed that most of their points came off dunks or alley-oops. In the 2nd half, it was also a back and forth game until about 6 minutes left. As we have seen from opponents many times late in games, Alabama seemed to wear down. While PC’s defense definitely played better overall in the 2nd half, Alabama also started to settle for lower percentage shots and it caught up with them. The Tide also had no answer for covering Marshon Brooks, who scored 14 points over the last 10 minutes of the game.
TURNING POINT: With 6:30 left in the game, Alabama’s Tony Mitchell hit a three pointer to cut the Friars lead to three. Marshon Brooks hit a nice three ball of his own moments later, and then grabbed two consecutive defensive rebounds on the other end of the court. Providence would not look back after that, as Alabama went cold from the field and the Friars continued to run and attack the rim.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: No doubt, this was Marshon Brooks’ game. The senior tied his career high with 33 points, and did it from all spots on the court. He continually found ways to draw contact and make tough shots, and ended up taking and making more foul shots than the entire Crimson Tide team. Brooks has now scored 25 or more points in the last 6 games.
PLAY OF THE GAME: This one will not show up in the stats since Marshon Brooks blew the first shot, but Vincent Council had an amazing drive and dish to the hoop late in the 2nd half. He made a sweet “DRIBBLE DRIVE” (as Doris Burke would say) by putting the ball around his back and went up and around another defender to dish off cleanly to Marshon. However, Marshon missed the bunnie, but Dixon got the rebound and the putback (after he missed himself).
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