Archives For December 2011

LaDontae Henton picked up some more BIG EAST honors with his 2nd straight Rookie of the Week award.

BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Honors – Dec. 12

Henton wins BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors for the second straight week after averaging 17.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in a 3-0 week.  In a 64-57 win over Boston College, Henton had a career-high 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds.  For the season, the native of Lansing, Mich., is averaging 13.7 points and a team-high 8.5 rebounds.

Ed Cooley is “Bout It Bout It”

dave@friarblog —  December 11th, 2011 9:15 PM —  Comments

At halftime of the Providence / South Carolina game earlier this month, Adrian Branch of ESPNU had an interesting way of describing Ed Cooley.

“When you have the respect from the street to the elite, you’re doing something right. He’s what they say, is ‘Bout it Bout it”.

Apparently I’m not too well versed in “they” these days, because I had honestly no idea what the guy was talking about. From some Google searching and people talking “bout it” on Twitter, it seems to be some Master P song.

Cause I’m bout it, I mean I’m rowdy
I hang with these killas that everyone talk about
we doin’ this, we doin’ that (we doin’ what)
we in the studio rippin’ up dope tracks
Cause we real, you betta guard your grill
Cause if we bout it, bout it
if you ain’t bout it, bout it you might get killed

Um, OK?

Anyways, here is the video which I finally got around to uploading.

Here is some Master P for your listening and viewing pleasure.

Friars Links 12.11.11

dave@friarblog —  December 11th, 2011 8:41 PM —  Comments

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.

BryantBulldogs.com: 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

Hey, check out the @TheWarriorFriar cameo!

So Bryce Cotton was in there with Ed, which was fitting because he was the only one who apparently showed up in the first half today. I love Cotton trying not laugh as Coach Cooley said he would kiss everyone on the lips if they told him PC would be 9-2. “Not a long one though”.

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The Battle for Rhode Island supremacy continues for the Providence Friars. The question is, will Bryant prove to be a tougher challenge than URI in a couple of weeks? Like the Rams, the Bryant Bulldogs are 1-8 and have trouble preventing opponents from scoring. With a blowout victory over Brown already in the books, PC is looking to continue their home out of conference win streak while taking care of business in the Rhody series.

WHAT TO: KNOW

Game Time: 12:00PM EST

Opponent: Bryant University (1-8)

Location: The Dunk

Spread: NA

ESPN Accuscore: Providence 78.3, Bryant 53.5 (PC wins 96% of the time in 10,000 simulations)
CBSSports Daily Picks: Providence 80, Bryant 60
Four Factors

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Friars Links 12.9.11

dave@friarblog —  December 9th, 2011 7:41 PM —  Comments

GoLocalProv: Friars Hold Off the Eagles

I still couldn’t pick any of their players out of a lineup with a gun to my head.

BC may have one of the youngest teams in all of Division I this season, featuring a roster with nine freshmen (and 11 newcomers overall) that could relegate them to the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference. However, with a similar defensive effort that they mustered against the Friars, they also may surprise a team or two along the way.

Friar Basketball: Cooley Earns Win 100 Against BC

I still can’t bring myself to refer to him as MarShon.

With Kofane providing the spark, Council controlling the offense (17 points, 8 assists) and Henton bringing them home, the Friars have played their way through the graduation of MarShon Brooks, the ineligibility of Kiwi Gardner, and the suspension of Kaddem Batts to start 8-2 and give Cooley his 100th career victory.

Boston Globe: Providence is latest to beat BC basketball

If you don’t want to focus on the end results of games, that’s cool, I guess.

The Eagles stayed close in the second half, but could not match the Friars’ shot-making down the stretch.

“I think we keep getting better every day, but overall we’ve just got to make more of the little plays to win the game,’’ said Anderson, who scored 16 points. “Coach has been building confidence in his freshmen every day, so we’re confident going into every game.

“We’re not focusing on the end results of the games, we’re just focusing on getting better in every single game, and if we keep getting better we know the wins are eventually going to come.’’

The Sun Chronicle: Youngsters power Friars past BC

Like I said last night after the game, I tried to send Brice Kofane a tweet, but he blocked it.

In truth, Henton and Kofane secured the win. Henton hit a pair of free throws to create a 51-48 lead after BC had a chance to knot the score on a three-point play, but failed. Kofane rejected his fifth Eagle shot and Coleman scored on a thunderous jam at the other end. Then Kofane defensive rebound on the very next BC possession resulted in a three-point field goal by Council.

“I just try to help the team,” said Kofane, who played 14 of his 19 minutes during the second half. “Blocking a shot,when I help on defense like that we have a chance to get going on offense.”

ESPN: Conference Power Rankings: Big East December, 9, 2011

Wow, Villanova, what are you doing down there below us? Sucks, don’t it?

10. Providence: No one will confuse the Friars’ 7-2 record for a sign of a Top 25 team in the making — this team has feasted on winnable games early. But there’s no point in knocking that approach either. Ed Cooley is trying to change the culture at PC and in order to do that, he’s first got to change the confidence. Reality will come in the form of Georgetown and Syracuse in back-to-back games to end 2011 and start 2012.

Twitter: @Nets_PR

Marshon Brooks has signed with the Nets!

Nets have signed rookies MarShon Brooks (Providence) and Jordan Williams (Maryland).
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YouTube: Every Day is Gameday

Providence College Fall 2011 DOM Competition – This video was created by a student team in support of a course requirement in an undergraduate marketing class. Well done!

Following the Monday Night Football game earlier this week on SportsCenter, Chris Berman (a Brown alumn) did the Providence/Brown highlights set to the MNF music. Hilarity ensues.

“They snuck Marvin Barnes & Ernie Digregorio into the game, I know they did”.

C’MON BROWN!

H/T @ADonahue007

Ed Cooley sat with Brice Kofane and LaDontae Henton at the post game press conference after the Providence Friars defeated Boston College 64-57.

Ed Cooley Press Conference After Boston College Victory by Friarblog

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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Q & A with BC Interruption

dave@friarblog —  December 8th, 2011 1:14 PM —  Comments

In lieu of tonight’s game against Boston College,  I exchanged some questions with the Boston College Blog “BC Interruption“. For my answers to his questions, head on over here.

Friarblog: First of all, what the heck happened against UMass?

BC Interruption: BC jumped out to a nice 16-8 lead at the beginning of the game, but as the game wore on, the Eagles were simply outmatched by the Minutemen. Not five minutes into the game, UMass effectively shut down the BC offense. Credit to Derek Kellogg and the UMass coaching staff. UMass employed a full-court press and pressured the Eagles for most of the game, forcing an amazing 23 turnovers.

Later on, you could tell BC simply got frustrated. This is an extremely, extremely young team, and after getting a bit frustrated, the Eagles allowed UMass to score at will in the second half. Chaz Williams had his way with the BC defense, netting 16 points and 5 assists. UMass got plenty of open looks in the second half as they wore BC down.

Friarblog: Boston College is obviously a young team in rebuilding mode. Did you see enough good things last season with new coach Steve Donahue that you’re not in complete panic mode over the poor start?

BC Interruption: Two things. First I don’t know if any of the good things achieved last season under Donahue apply this season. Last year’s 1 seed in the NIT and 20+ wins was achieved with Skinner’s team, not Donahue’s. This year we lost seven seniors (including Reggie Jackson to the NBA) and most of our offensive production with it. This season, Donahue is literally starting from scratch.

Which leads me to two, we’re not in complete panic mode yet over the poor start. Eagles fans are going to have to be patient with this team. Progress can’t be measured in wins and losses. Rather it’s going to have to be measured in terms of improvement throughout the year, particularly on defense and in playing a complete 40 minute game (which the Eagles have yet to do this season).

Friarblog: I know we talked about this when the Friars were making this coaching change, but let’s get into it a little more. Why did Boston College pass on Ed Cooley after Skinner was canned, and what were your thoughts with the decision?

BC Interruption: I think the decision ultimately came down to wanting to make a clean break from the Al Skinner era. Personally, I thought that Skinner deserved one more year (last year) before getting canned, but I guess you can only trade on a 2001 Big East Tournament title for so long.

With due respect to Donahue, I may have leaned towards wanting to see Cooley become the next head coach, but I understand the thought process. Donahue was a more proven, more accomplished head coach at the time, and if you couldn’t tell, former Ivy League coaches seem to be all the rage these days.

Donahue now has a clean slate in which to work, and it will be interesting to see what he does with this team over the next few years. If he was able to bring in the right players, things should start to pay off in 2-3 years when all these freshmen are upperclassmen. Only time will tell.

Friarblog: The Friars are excelling this season when getting out in the open court, allowing Vincent Council, Gerard Coleman, and Bryce Cotton to do their thing. How will BC matchup against PC’s quick guards?

BC Interruption: Not well? Gabe Moton will probably be assigned to guard Vincent Council, but this is simply a bad matchup for BC.

Friarblog:  I must say, looking at the roster I don’t recognize any players (Thank God that Trapani guy is gone, I feel like he always killed us). Who should the Friars be looking out for?

BC Interruption: Junior Matt Humphrey, a transfer from Oregon, can be effective if he does a better job of distributing the ball and not forcing shots. Also keep an eye on freshmen Ryan Anderson and Patrick Heckmann. Heckmann may be the most complete player on the team. He seems to be the one guy on the team not afraid to make a play. It’s still pretty early but I would argue Heckmann will wind up being BC’s leading scorer and leader when it’s all said and done this season.

Friarblog: If Boston College is going to beat the Friars, they must ___

BC Interruption: Play a 40 minute game. BC hasn’t put together a solid 40 minutes all season. Donahue was quoted as saying that the Eagles played a good 33 minute game against Penn State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Eagles are slowing getting to the point where they can put together a full game, but I’m not sure BC is there yet.

Friarblog:  Score Predictions?

BC Interruption: Pain. PC poses a bunch of matchup issues for the Eagles and I don’t like the fact that the game is at the Dunk. I think BC sticks with the Friars for a half before the PC offense wears them down early in the second half. Providence 75, Boston College 58.