The Providence Friars moved to 4-0 with a hard earned victory against the Southern Jaguars by a score of 59-53. Yeah, remember when I said this game was going to be a cupcake? Well, there will be no more of talk like that, as this team can’t afford to take anyone for granted. Except maybe Boston College. They can’t beat anyone.
PC students left campus today for the holidays, and apparently they took the Friars shooting skills with them. The team shot a woeful 26.5% from the floor, but shockingly only took 4 3-pointers! So there’s that. Despite the shooting problems, Providence held on and head into the Holidays and toTexas for the remaining games of the South Padre Invitational as an undefeated team.
Why the Friars Won: As bad as the Friars were shooting, Southern had their own problems turning the ball over, missing long range shots, fouling the crap out of the Friars (PC took FORTY SEVEN foul shots), and generally not rebounding. Gerard Coleman had a great overall game with his first career double-double (20 points, 11 rebounds), and really took over towards the end of the game with big buckets while continuing to get to the line.
Play of the Game: Goldy gets it again! When everyone was throwing bricks all over the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Lee Goldsbrough took matters into his own hands and drove the line for a nice layup in the 2nd half. Yep, it was that kind of game where a layup by a white dude was the play of the game.
Fun Stat: In another close game, The Providence Free Throws Attempts lost a close one to the Providence Field Goal Attempts 49 to 47.
Fun Stat II: The Friars had only 4 3-point attempts. After a quick scan over at StatSheet.com, the Friars least amount of threes taken in a game during the Keno Davis era was I think 11.
Bryce Comes Crashing Down: After a great first three games, Bryce Cotton threw up a stinker with a 1-9 shooting performance. The opposing coach either devised his whole defensive scheme to stop Cotton, or the BIG EAST Honor Roll award got to his head. I’ll just chalk it up to a bad shooting night.
Cooley Quotable: “Six assists is a telling story,” Cooley said. “Three blind mice could have six assists in 40 minutes. Today we were horrible.” – Yeah but when you can’t even hit open layups, assists will be hard to come by.
Visitors: Highly touted recruits Nerlens Noel and Goodluck Okonoboh were in attendance with the signed Friars Ricardo Ledo and Kris Dunn, who were all seated behind the Friars bench. Noel was probably all “Wait, I thought this team needed me for DEFENSE?!”