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So…Bryce Cotton hit a game winner 3 point heave with 2.2 seconds left on the clock. This picture sums it up.

Credit to Twitter user @Bradling1215 for the pic! Give him a follow too!

Seriously, Bryce Cotton was a superstar. He hit the shot that got the Friars a second road win this season. Mind you, this was no easy feat – this same Villanova team took the loss to the Friars the first time around and used it to beat Louisville and Syracuse in the Pavilion. So this win was kind of a big deal.

How’d it happen? Let’s talk about it after the jump!

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Friartown News and Notes 11.20.12

dave@friarblog —  November 20th, 2012 9:30 PM —  Comments

All the notable news, links, pictures, and video in and around Friartown and college basketball all in one digestible, tasty place

picture Vincent Council Instagram

I don’t have a hamstring injury, but can I get this treatment? Looks rather comfy.


notes The early signing period is coming to a close tomorrow, so Brandon Austin wasted no time making it official by signing his National Letter of Intent. Do these kids still really fax in their letters? They must have to go find a Kinko’s or something, because who has a fax machine?

quote_1 “Brandon Austin is a tremendous athlete and we are excited that he is going to be a Friar. He has been part of winning programs and knows what it takes to have success. Those qualities are important to us as we build Providence College basketball. He will be a key part of our success.” – Ed Cooley

youtube YouTube: Providence College Men’s Basketball Participates in The Program

Wonder why the Friars have been so tough and resilient this year?

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Improving PC’s Underrated Offense

Brendon Desrochers —  November 5th, 2012 1:13 PM —  Comments

Where’s the consistency fellas!?
(photo by Kevin Reilly)

As noted in my preview by-the-numbers on, last season’s offense was better than average in the Big East, but it was also highly inconsistent, scoring at least 1.09 points per possession in seven conference games but less than 0.85 in six, including the Big East Tournament debacle vs. Seton Hall. The previous year’s team only went under 0.85 twice and over 1.09 three times.

The offense’s effectiveness was tied directly to its ability to make shots, and so Cooley often went with small lineups to get the best shooters on the floor, which included Bryce Cotton as a small 2 and LaDontae Henton as a small 4. This created more room for Vincent Council to penetrate and score or dish and for Gerald Coleman to get inside the defense. When either of those two shooters was off the floor, Providence was playing a non-scorer (Ron Giplaye or Brice Kofane) or a lane-clogger (Bilal Dixon) as well as Kadeem Batts, who had a very poor offensive season (more on that later). The big lineup might have been marginally better defensively, but it also compressed the offense and made it harder for Council to get his teammates good looks. Cooley sacrificed the defense in favor of the small lineup because his offense was simply not functional without all four of the key guys on the floor together.

The 2012-13 squad figures to have a lot of the same problems as last year’s team — lack of length, lack of depth, but maybe not quite the shortage of shooters. When looking at this squad’s offense, I want to focus briefly on the seven-man rotation that Providence figures to have for the first handful of games and then focus more extensively on the nine-man rotation we’re hoping it has for conference play.

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Friartown News and Notes 10.17.12

dave@friarblog —  October 17th, 2012 9:32 PM —  Comments

All the notable news, links, pictures, and video in and around Friartown and college basketball all in one digestible, tasty place

picture PCAthletics Tweet

The guys Looking sharp representing PC at BIG EAST Media Day today.


notes Like Coach Cooley, I was a little shocked at the Friars being picked to finish last in the coaches’ poll. However, the team has done nothing over the past several years to prove otherwise. The front court has a lot of questions, and we don’t know how Kris Dunn is going to bounce back from his injury. I think the Friars will definitely finish better than 15th, but there a few unknowns that must be overcome in order to do so.

notes I attended PC’s New York Sports Night last night at PJ Clarke’s on the Hudson and it was a fantastic time. I met Cooley and Henton, and got to talk to a lot of great Friar fans. I’ll have more about the night tomorrow.

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leeLeading up until the season, Friarblog is counting down and profiling the Friar players who will be seeing the court this season.

#9. Lee Goldsbrough

Forward Lee Goldsbrough enters his junior season with not a lot of expectations, but someone who can potentially play an important role off the bench early on in the season and going forward.

Resources: Profile,

Follow: @GeordieFriar

Stud stats: In back to back wins against Florida A&M and Southern, Goldsbrough played over 20 minutes a game and was active on the glass pulling down 6 rebounds in each contest. In the Florida A&M game he even added 2 assists, a steal, and a block.

Dud stats: Goldsbrough played a total of 50 minutes in conference play last season. Vincent Council blew through that in 3 halves! 19 of those 50 minutes came during one of the South Florida games.

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The Friar Daily 9.10.12

dave@friarblog —  September 10th, 2012 8:45 PM —  Comments

All the notable news, links, pictures, and video in and around Friartown and college basketball all in one digestible, tasty place.

picture @rpwhalen Tweet


notes Lot’s of recruiting action today as the September contact period is kicked off. You can scratch off Brandon Austin off the list, as Adam Zagoria tweeted that he was no longer considering PC. The Providence coaching staff was hard at work all over the country. Kevin McNamara reported that some staff were in Michigan to see 2014 shooting guard E.C. Matthews (ESPN #85, Rivals #92). The Putnam Science Academy (where Dayshon Smith plays) Twitter account also mentioned that someone from Providence was there to see their 4 on 4 scrimmage action. Ed Cooley? He’s in Nashville, Tennessee trying to reel in a highly touted recruit.

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The first semester of games are over, so it’s time to take a look at all the individual performances that lead to the Friars 9-2 out of conference record. Each member of Friarblog reached into their notebooks and compiled grades for the official first semester report cards. No matter what the grades ended up being, at least we now look damn good with the tweed patches on our leather jackets . Or is it the other way around?

Here is a snapshot of the full player report card. Read on below for the full detailed reports from each professor.

- @friarblog @FriarFrenzy @TheWarriorFriar
Vincent Council  A+  A A
Gerard Coleman  A  A-  A-
Bryce Cotton B+  A-  B+
LaDontae Henton A  A A
Bilal Dixon  D  D  D
Ron Giplaye  C-  C C+
Brice Kofane  C+  C+  C
Lee Goldsbrough  C-  D+  B-
Chris Carter A+ A+ -
Kadeem Batts I I I
Kiwi Gardner W/D W/D W/D

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Providence Defeats Florida A&M 87-65

dave@friarblog —  November 19th, 2011 9:20 PM —  Comments

The Providence Friars went to 3-0 on the season after defeating the Florida A&M Rattlers 87-65. Bryce Cotton did his usual Bryce Cotton things, and everyone else chipped in with some scoring and defense. PC led by 20 at the half (after a Bryce Cotton floater in the lane at the buzzer — PC is sure getting good at that) and by as many as 34 late in the 2nd before putting in all the reserves.

Photo by @kdk711

Why the Friars Won: Florida A&M is just not very good, and they continued their poor shooting ways. The Rattlers did surprisingly well on the glass and got themselves more 2nd chance shots than usual, but then they went ahead and missed all of those too. Throw in the fact that they turned the ball over 20 times and had no way to stop Bryce Cotton (but then again WHO CAN?!), and you ultimately get Providence walk-ons getting some time and having a nice little Saturday (Chris Carter hit a three!).

Turning Point: Rarely does the turning point happen in the first few minutes of the game, but the Friars raced out to a quick start and never really looked back. Bryce Cotton was the leading scorer of the game with 26 points, but he also scored the games first 8 points that got PC going. After a bunch of missed long range shots to start off the game, Cotton found his stroke and hit a three and a toe-on-the-line two on consecutive trips.

Play of the Game: I didn’t see most of the 2nd half, but I’m 99% sure nothing in the rest of the game could have topped what Goldy did. After getting a quick outlet pass after a steal, Lee Goldsbrough ran the length of the court (did he travel? probably, but that’s not important) and made a sweet no-look pass to LaDontae Henton for a layup. As he ran back on defense he had a huge smile on his face. I guess he figured since Vincent Council was sitting for foul trouble and probably resting that ankle, someone would need to dish out the pretty passes. Well done Geordie Friar.

Vincent Council’s Status: Council started the game and his ankle appeared fine. He had to sit out quite some time in the first half after getting two quick blocking fouls called on him. In the end he played 31 minutes and came 1 assist away from a double-double.

First of Many: Freshman LaDontae Henton got his 1st double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Buckets. AND BOARDS.

Fun Stat I: When Mark Teal of Florida A&M scored for their 2nd basket of the game, it was the first points that Providence allowed off the bench this year.

Fun Stat II: Bryce Cotton is now shooting 9-15 from downtown on the season. 60%.

Fun Stat III: On top of some great assists, Lee Goldsbrough got in the scoring column for the first time this season with a 2nd half three.


ESPN: Recap (AP)

Bryce Cotton averaged only four points last season, but after a career-high 26-point performance in Providence’s 87-65 victory over Florida A&M, he is now averaging 22 points per game, tied for the highest in the Big East.

“He’s someone who really worked on his game over the summertime,” said Friars coach Ed Cooley, whose team is now 3-0. “I couldn’t be more pleased.” Men’s Basketball Defeats Florida A&M, 87-65

Woonsocket Call: PC blow past Florida A&M