Friars Beat New Hampshire 67-52

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Why the Friars Won: The team overall was a little flat coming out of the 10 game break, but Vincent Council was flying all throughout the game. The General started to take matters into his own hands and scored 8 of his 17 points quickly in a row after UNH took a lead early on in the 2nd half. The Friars were then patient on offense, passing the ball well leading to numerous points in in the paint. Man, was it good to see Kadeem Batts (9 points, 6 rebounds) back down low for more offensive options.

Why the Wildcats Lost: UNH only made 18 total field goals, and didn’t help themselves at the line going 9-20 (and a disastrous 6-15, 40% in the 2nd half). Over the last 15:34 of the game, New Hampshire only managed to score 18 points (6 of them coming in garbage time).

Turning Point: Patrick Konan hit a three to give UNH a 34-32 with 15:34 remaining. After that, it was all VC in a blur to put the Friars back on top for good.

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34-34 Layup by PC’s COUNCIL, Vincent

34-35 Free Throw GOOD by PC’s COUNCIL, Vincent

34-36 Free Throw GOOD by PC’s COUNCIL, Vincent

34-38 Fastbreak Layup by PC’s COUNCIL, Vincent

35-38 Free Throw GOOD by UNH’s MYRICK, Ferg

34-40 Fastbreak Layup by PC’s COUNCIL, Vincent

Play of the Game: Brice Kofane had another monster block off the backboard early in the first half, but Vincent Council delivered a great no look pass on fast break to set up an easy layup by Gerard Coleman that set the tone for the rest of the game.

The Big 4 Minutes Watch: 14 total minutes of rest! That has to be a recent high. Only 34 minutes LaDontae? Are you coming down with the flu or something?

Council doesn't even need a ball to score 17 points (photo Friars.com)

PASTA

Let’s award some bowls of pasta based on tonight performances.

Vincent Council – John Rooke said it was like he was on roller skates. Let’s hope it still feels that way after 5 games in the BIG EAST playing 39.5 minutes per game. Those no-look passes were gorgeous though. Gorgeous!

Briard Kofoleman – If only we could combine Gerard Coleman and Brice Kofane into one super player. Kofane was his usual self with 3 blocks and 9 rebounds, while Coleman rocked on offense (and hit a three!).

LaDontae Henton – Was anyone expecting Henton to win BIG EAST Rookie of the Week again even though the Friars didn’t play a game? Hey, he’s back!

Patrick Konan – I chuckled every time he took a shot. “Conan for three!” I just pictured a tall goofy red head chucking up shots and awkwardly celebrating after hitting them.

Alvin Abrue – This was supposed to be UNH’s go to guy on offense.

Bilal Dixon – Now that Batts is back, I just don’t know what to make of this. When you barely get off the bench and play just a little more than the walk-ons, it’s hard to imagine what kind of effort he gives in practice.

Chandler Rhoads – Didn’t hit a field goal (0-6), but hey at least he went 4-8 from the line?

FOUR FACTORS

#PCBB Tweet of the Game

My man Ted Bancroft is the human victory cigar for PC, once he gets in the game, you know it’s over. #pcbb#unh
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LINKS

StatSheet.com: Boxscore

Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Defeats New Hampshire, 67-52

With the victory, the Friars improved to 6-0 against New England opponents this season and extended their nonconference home winning streak to 19 games. The last time Providence lost a nonconference game at home was Dec. 21, 2009. PC also improved to 14-1 all-time against UNH, with the only Friars loss coming in 1930.

Friar Basketball: Business About to Pick up in Providence

For all of the positive to come out of the early portion of the schedule, namely the structure instilled by Cooley and the often impressive offensive showing by the backcourt, this was a poor rebounding team throughout the first month and a half of the season and one that lacked a big man capable of catching and scoring in traffic.

While Batts is not a great rebounder, he’s a big, athletic body who will give Providence more of a chance on the glass against Big East foes. Offensively, he allows Cooley to field either a team of five scorers (Council-Cotton-Coleman-Henton-Batts) or the capability to go bigger than they had to this point of the season.

ESPN: Game Recap

“He had a cape on, became Superman,” said Providence coach Ed Cooley. “He’s playing at a really high level.”

Council finished with 17 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds, but he said the eight he scored in a row were the most important.

“I had to take over as a leader,” Council said. “My teammates saw that we had to pick up the tempo.”

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