Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Falls To Georgetown, 63-53
The Providence College men’s basketball team (13-15, 2-12 BIG EAST) the Georgetown Hoyas (20-5, 10-4 BIG EAST) by the score of 63-53 on Saturday, February 18 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The game marks the second time the two teams have met this season. On January 29, the Friars fell to the Hoyas, 49-40, in Washington, D.C.
The Hoyas held their biggest lead at 57-42 on two free throws by Jabril Trawick with 2:56 to play. Then the Friars chipped away, closing the margin to 58-50 on a 3-pointer by LaDontae Henton with 1:27 to go. But a dunk by Henry Sims and a free throw by Markel Starks built the lead back up to 61-50 with 47 seconds left.
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Although the Friars trimmed their deficit to 58-50 on a three-pointer by Council with 1:27 left to play, the Hoyas did not flinch. Sims, in fact, answered with a backboard-rattling dunk that put an exclamation point on the win.
“In conference play, particularly on the road, you’re not going run away from teams,” Thompson said. “It doesn’t mean we’re not going to try. But this group isn’t frustrated when it doesn’t happen because we’ve accepted the mind-set of, ‘Hey, every night is going to be a grind.’ ”
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Providence made just 4-of-28 shots from the field in the first 20 minutes and wound up shooting below 26 percent in the loss. Teams are shooting 38.8 percent from the field against the Hoyas this season and 28 percent from beyond the arc.
This was supposed to be a rebuilding year in the eyes of many. Instead, Georgetown sits just a game out of second place in the Big East.
GoLocalProv: Hoyas’ on the defensive, stifle Friars 63-53
Without Coleman in the offensive lineup, the Friars struggled to get into a transition offense and create easy scoring opportunities. Or any scoring opportunities, for that matter.
The Hoyas’ stifling defense managed to extend outward on PC’s shooters (Bryce Cotton, LaDontae Henton) and never allowed any level of comfort. At one point in the first half, the Friars missed an astounding 20 shots in a row from the floor.
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“That’s best defensive team I’ve seen in a long time,” Cooley said. “Everyone talks about Syracuse’s length. We’ve played both teams twice and Georgetown is as long and as physical as any team.”
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“Every mistake we made, they countered,” added Cooley, the Friars suffering their seventh Big East loss by a margin of 10 points or less. The Friars scored just 25 first half points on Wednesday against Cincinnati (shooting 37 percent) and just 21 first half points last Saturday against South Florida (shooting 26 percent).
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Not coincidentally, PC’s offense has stagnated as Bryce Cotton has struggled from the field. After his explosion at Villanova, Cotton has shot 5-34 over his last three games. The sophomore has been terrific for a majority of this season, as Ed Cooley has said on more than one occasion that he believes Cotton is the most improved player in the country, but he’s struggled to find open looks of late.
There isn’t a ton to take away from this game other than a good team not letting down against a lesser opponent. Say what you will about the turnovers, shooting droughts, and free throw trouble, it has been a pleasure to watch this team have no letdown. In the last few years, we have seen losses to inferior opponents just because Georgetown wasn’t particularly excited about playing defense. Not this year though. The Hoyas go nine deep, and that means that any defensive lapses or mental errors earns one a seat on the bench with someone eager to get minutes.
Hoya Prospectus: Recap: Georgetown 63, Providence 53
Efficiency: Georgetown 0.984, Providence 0.828
eFG%: Georgetown 0.533, Providence 0.296
Substitutions: Georgetown 23, Providence 30
2-pt Shot Selection:
Dunks: Georgetown 3-3, Providence 2-2
Layups/Tips: Georgetown 9-16, Providence 6-16
Jumpers: Georgetown 2-12, Providence 2-15
Fast break pts (% FG pts): Georgetown 4 (8.2), Providence 8 (25.0)
Pts (eff.) after steal: Georgetown 3 (150.0), Providence 5 (71.4)
Seconds per poss: Georgetown 17.8, Providence 19.5
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The Providence men wouldn’t go down as easily, though. Despite a horrendous shooting performance, the hosts hung with the highly favored Hoyas throughout the game, even narrowing the lead to four at one point. For its part, Georgetown allowed the underdogs to hang around by turning the ball over 12 times in the uncharacteristically fast-paced game.