Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Defeats Rutgers, 78-67
Five Friars scored in double-digits in the victory. Junior Bilal Dixon (Jersey City, N.J.) registered his first double-double of the season and led the team in scoring with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while classmate Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) posted his seventh double-double this season with 11 points and 14 assists. Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) scored 17 points, freshman LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) added 15 points and nine rebounds, and sophomore Gerard Coleman contributed 15 points.
Providence has had five players in double figures three times this season, including today’s Rutgers win.
ScarletKnights.com: Rally Falls Short as Rutgers Basketball Drops 78-67 Decision at Providence
MIKE RICE QUOTES
Opening statement: “Our lack of poise and mental toughness on the offensive end allowed a lot of their transition baskets. I credit them. I credit Vincent Council with a double-double in the first half. It’s the immature decisions of this team that keeps getting in our own way. We’ll have to remedy that situation tomorrow and Friday.”
GoLocalProv: Friars bounce back, take out Rutgers 78-67
Rutgers has one of the youngest teams in the country, but the Scarlet Knights are talented enough to have beaten two Top-10 ranked teams so far this season, and to have held Pittsburgh to 39 points – for an entire game. The same Pitt team that torched the Friars for 86 points a week ago. Soon enough, this may not be the Rutgers of recent years.
Woonsocket Call: Friars take care of Rutgers; Cooley lands big man Johnson
Despite playing two very uneven halves Wednesday night, Providence was able to secure a rare Big East triumph at the expense of Rutgers, 78-67. The win snaps a four-game losing streak for the Friars, who placed five players in double figures led by strong performances from Bilal Dixon (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Vincent Council (11 points, 14 assists).
“I thought today was our day,” said a clearly-relieved Ed Cooley, his Friars now 2-8 in the league and 13-10 overall.
Sun Chronicle: PC puts it all together, tops Rutgers
The Friars shot 52 percent from the floor and while they grabbed just nine offensive rebounds, with Council having his sixth double-digit assist game of the season, the Friars had 20 assists on their 26 field goals.
Asbury Park Press: Rutgers comes up short vs. Providence
“It’s kind of hard when a coach puts so much effort as he does and we don’t put out wins,” said sophomore wing Mike Poole, who finished with 13 points. “We beat good teams and lose to teams we should beat. It’s hard for him. We have to get better.”
New Jersey Hoops Haven: Providence 78, Rutgers 67: “We’re not there yet”
The game plan was to grind it out and make Providence’s starters work on defense. Great idea. The Friars have no bench—three guys logged 40 minutes tonight. But instead Rutgers played right into their hands by going street ball, chuck-and-duck, shake-and-bake on offense. Like Mike Rice said afterward, very immature.
Vincent Council (11 points, 14 assists) played at a different speed than everyone else. He looked like Chris Paul in the first half. Rutgers defended him well in the second half, pinning him into half-court sets and hedging a big at him, but the damage was already done.
Friar Basketball: First Half Defensive Stand the Difference Against Knights
Key to PC’s interior attack was a 6-7 shooting night from the emerging Dixon and the continued improvement of freshman LaDontae Henton (15 points, 9 rebounds, 5-7 shooting). For as well as Henton has played for Providence this season, he subtly struggled at times finishing in traffic, but during a 33 point outburst versus South Florida and on a number of occasions on Wednesday, Henton squeezed shots up and around larger defenders in the paint, spinning shots home at difficult angels.
In the postgame radio interview, Mike Rice said the team, again, didn’t listen. Rice wanted them to grind the game out and wear the Providence Friars down running them through screen after screen for 25-30 seconds. Hopefully, that would lead to some easy baskets and some back breakers. Instead, in the first half, Rutgers took quick shot after quick shot and turned the ball over 8 times. Then they decided not to get back on defense. Providence got a ton of run outs and opened up a double digit lead.
Daily Targum: Knights drop game against league’s worst
Providence rode high-percentage shooting to the victory, making 52 percent from the field for its second conference win. It doubled the Knights in assists with 20, taking advantage of fast-break opportunities against the Rutgers press.
While the Knights own four wins against competitive Big East teams, they also claim three losses to teams with little pedigree in the conference.