Instant Reaction: Providence Defeats Boston College 64-57

dave@friarblog —  December 8th, 2011 9:42 PM —  Comments
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It wasn’t the prettiest game on offense from both teams, but the Providence Friars got it done versus a very young and inexperienced Boston College team by a score of 64-57 to move to 8-2 on the season. The Eagles were able to set the slow tempo and keep the Friars in check in the half court, but they couldn’t keep “Buckets” from scoring buckets late in the game.

photo by @ChrisOnDemand56

Why the Friars won: Although PC struggled from the field at times and turned the ball over a lot in the first half, they were able to answer every time Boston College threatened. On a night where Vincent Council couldn’t find a rhythm on offense (although he did end up with 17 points), LaDontae Henton set his career high in points for the 5th straight game, scoring 21 points after games of 16,17,18, and 19 points. He is not afraid to take a big shot late in the game, and also has been incredibly efficient. I can’t help but think of what it was like watching Ryan Gomes play as a freshman. It’s a lot to live up to I know, but man is Henton a player.

Why Boston College lost: BC should have just taken all three pointers, because then Brice Kofane wouldn’t have been able to block any of their shots. The big man did a lot of damage without even scoring a point, blocking 7 shots and pulling down 5 rebounds. Kofane’d!

Why Boston College Hung Around: The Eagles were able to play some good defense on the Friars, not allowing them to run the fast break (PC had just 4 fast break points in 2nd half). They hit some timely threes and a lot of foul shots, and simply would just not go away. After getting out rebounded on the offensive glass 9-2 in the first half, BC bounced back with a 7-5 edge in the 2nd.

Turning point:  With three minutes to go and the Friars up by 3, Gerard Coleman made a nice jumper from the baseline as the shot clock was winding down. LaDontae Henton would hit another basket on the next trip down the court, and the Friars had a 7 point lead with 2 minutes to go.

Fun Stat I: BC made just two 2-point shots in the first half, but only ended up trailing by 4 thanks to some threes and going 10-12 from the line.

Fun Stat II: Bilal Dixon, 10 rebounds. Nice to see double-digit rebound Bilal for the first time this season. Please stay awhile.

Fun Stat III: The Three C’s and H played all but 4 minutes of the game, with Henton and Coleman each getting a precious 2 minutes rest. Council and Coleman are probably all “You WIMPS!”

Tweet of the Game:

Kofane is playing like Shawn Kemp in NBA Jam out there. Except he hasn’t scored 70 points.
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