Friars Links 12.11.11

dave@friarblog —  December 11th, 2011 8:41 PM —  Comments
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GoLocalProv: Bulldogs’ bark almost bites PC

I wasn’t prepared to spend the next 10 off days weeping gently.

An upset in the making? It certainly could have been.

From this point, however, it appeared that PC’s superior conditioning and defensive pressure began to wear the Bulldogs down, as Cotton finally received offensive help from Henton, Vincent Council and Gerard Coleman. Most of the damage came from the free throw line, as PC connected on 14 consecutive free throws as a team in the second half…and they slowly pulled away. With the near perfect day from the line, the defense finally turned up the tempo on the Bryant offense, limiting touches to super soph Alex Francis (17 points, 13 rebounds), and rushed shots from Dobbs, Maynard and Ben Altit. Bulldogs keep Friars on rope

Two years ago, the Bryant men’s basketball team trailed from start to finish in the season opener at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.  But on Saturday afternoon, the Bulldogs not only showed how far they have come in such a short time, but gave the host Friars more than they could handle before falling, 72-61, in the final minutes.

Alex Francis (Harlem, N.Y.) paced the Bulldogs with 17 points and 12 rebounds, his third double-double of the year and the 11th of his career for the sophomore forward.  SophomoreDan Calandrillo (Leonardo, N.J.) chipped in with a career-high 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor as Bryant finished the game shooting 41 percent from the field.

Friar Basketball: Live from Wolfeboro, NH: 2011 Brewster Invitational Final

Great writeup from a stacked tournament that included some Friar targets such as JaKarr Sampson.

Sampson was once again solid, finishing with 18 points. His jump shot is flat, but he made big free throws, connected on a few baseline jumpers, and finished with his typical loud dunks. Where Sampson has the most potential, however, may be as a lockdown defender. He’s got great length and athletic ability, and his wiry frame doesn’t do his strength justice. Sampson isn’t afraid to be physical, and in an era in which SportsCenter glamorizes who gets dunked on versus who makes plays to win, his challenging Noel on that dunk was a sign of his competitiveness. Would be a perfect fit with the fast-paced Friar guards.

Woonsocket call: Bryant gives PC a scare

PC also gives blogger a scare, who last checked the score 5 minutes into the 2nd half and saw they were down by 8.

Cotton tallied a career-best 34 points, the most scored by a single Friar player this season. The guard, who always has the green light from Cooley to fire away, had 20 of PC’s 29 points at halftime and continued to shoulder the scoring burden well into the second half. Freshman LaDontae Henton notched the second double-double of his young career, popping for 13 points and 12 rebounds.
“Bryce became Superman for a minute,” noted Cooley. “We run a lot of different things to get him looks all over the floor. Today was one of those days he could have had 50. He just didn’t take enough shots.”

Providence Journal: Rude awakening awaits 9-2 Friars

Not sure if this is anything we don’t know already.

If there was a poll ranking the worst 9-2 — or better — teams in the country, the Friars would have to be in the top five.
Eight of their nine wins have come against teams whose RPI is 225 or higher, and four of those wins have come against teams ranked among the lowest in the country — Brown (322), Fairleigh Dickinson (324), Bryant (334) and Florida A&M (next-to-last at 343.)

NY Daily News: Nets’ Morrow honored by Howard’s praise

First time Marshon has been asked to play D!

Rookie MarShon Brooks continues to impress with his offensive skill level. Johnson referred to him a “the young kid who is very creative with the ball, can score, can play above the rim, really can get out and run.”
But Johnson is first and foremost a lover of all things defensive.
“We’re asking him to get more involved defensively, get some more steals, take more chances – be a rookie,” Johnson said emphatically. “He’s more of a rookie on offense, and too much of a veteran on defense.”

YouTube: Ryan Gomes and Randy Foye are Ready to Get Back to Work

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