I had a great weekend up at Providence, and was able to visit the Dunkin’ Donuts Center for the first time since it was renovated. Checking into the hotel, I noticed a big RU bus, and some of the Rutgers players at the lobby. I saw Mike Rosario and whispered ominously into his ear “You are going to shoot 1-11 tonight” and walked away. OK, that didn’t happen, but I did see Rutgers head coach Fred Hill come out of the elevator and chatted with him for a few minutes. I forgot that he knew my uncle, so he was happy to talk to us. Real nice guy. Right before he left, I said “Don’t pay any attention to Greedy Peterson. He’s banged up and not playing well. Don’t guard him all. It’s safe I swear!”. OK, well that didn’t happen either (the Greedy part, I did talk with Freddy). I probably didn’t need to psyche out any of them, as the Friars just completely outworked and outplayed the Scarlet Knights in the first half. Even though Providence let up a little in the 2nd and Rutgers kinda fought back, it was never really close. If I wasn’t so sound asleep thanks to one too many fine beers from downtown Providence, I probably would have had trouble sleeping due to the weeping and groaning coming from the floor above where the players stayed.
I also want to point out that since I started this site last year, the Providence Friars are 4-0 in games that I have attended. OK, so the opponents have only been Rutgers, Seton Hall, and DePaul, but I still like to take credit for the wins.
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- It’s amazing the shooting ended up being so close after the Friars just blew Rutgers out in the 1st half. It seemed like RU just kept launching threes off the rim left and right. I guess it helped that Dane Miller was 10 of 16.
- The Friars once again had a great night taking care of the ball, and won the points off turnovers battle 23-9. This was the 4th game that PC coughed it up less than 10 times. Given their style of play and youth, it is really surprising the team continues to put up excellent turnover percentage numbers. Definitely their biggest strength this year, and good to see after last year’s problems (see McDermott, Geoff).
- Although Greedy Peterson made all the headlines with his dominant 20 rebound performance, Dane Miller had the game high with 6 offensive rebounds (but strangely only 1 defensive board). It appears that Keno’s motivation worked not only on Greedy (5 ORB), but also on Marshon Brooks and Brian McKenzie (4 offensive each).
- Providence had not really done a good job at getting to the line this season, but put up their 3rd best free throw rate of the year. Once they got there? Um, that’s another story. Sharaud Curry was the only Friar to have success at the line, as PC went a dreadful 13-27 (48.1%) from the line.
OTHER STAT NOTES
Let’s judge some performances by dishing out some pasta (from 1-4, 4 being awesome). My homage to the Star-Ledger.
Jamine Peterson – 13th player to ever get 20/20 in BIG EAST play. Most damage done in the first half, as he was drilling threes and making numerous highlight dunks.
Dane Miller – Impressive performance from the Freshman. 5 turnovers though
Vincent Council – Seeing him make no-look passes in person was truly amazing. I’ve been super impressed watching him all season, but he just looks that much better in person.
Sharaud Curry – Can he lead some free throw drills in practice? He’s the only one who can shoot them apparently
Mike Rosario – Rutgers leading scorer was shut down for the 3rd time against Providence. For some reason, they have this guy figured out.
BOX SCORES FOR THE STATS NERDS!
AROUND THE INTERWEBS
Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Downs Rutgers, 94-81
The Providence College men’s basketball team (10-6, 2-2 BIG EAST) defeated Rutgers University (9-6, 0-3 BIG EAST) by a score of 94-81 Saturday, Jan. 9 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Sophomore forward Jamine Peterson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had an incredible effort for PC, leading the team with 29 points and 20 rebounds. It marked the 32nd time in school history that a player has posted at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game and Peterson becomes only the sixth player in Friar history to accomplish the feat. The last time a Friar hit the mark was November 11, 2006 when Herbert Hill recorded 20 points and 20 rebounds against George Washington. It also marks only the 13th time in BIG EAST history that a player has eclipsed the mark.
ScarletKnights.com: Career Nights from Miller and Mitchell Not Enough as RU Falls at Providence
Freshman wing Dane Miller (Henrietta, N.Y.) scored 26 points and redshirt junior forward Jonathan Mitchell (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) added 18 points to both post career-high scoring totals, but it was not enough as Rutgers (9-6, 0-3) fell to Providence (10-6, 2-2) by a 94-81 score Saturday evening at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Miller shot 10-of-16, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc, and grabbed seven rebounds, while Mitchell also had seven boards, to spark the Scarlet Knights.
Projo.com: McKenzie, Peterson get Friars back to winning ways
“There was a little whisper going on throughout practice,” said McKenzie, “and that definitely was a motivator. He didn’t really come out and say it. He would just hint towards it, but that little murmur motivated everybody.”
Projo Hoops Blog: Greedy’s Big Night
Peterson totaled 29 points and 20 rebounds in PC’s 94-81 win over Rutgers Saturday night. You could make a case that it was the greatest individual performance ever by a Friar against a Big East opponent. Sound like a stretch? Not really.
Sun Chronicle: Friars Rebound
“Everything came to me, I was more patient instead of rushing things,” said Peterson, the 6-foot-6 Brooklyn, N.Y. resident, who was scolded and reminded by PC coach Keno Davis of his responsibilities after a stink-a-roo, three-point in 29-minute effort against Louisville four days ago.
Go Friars Blog: Friars Roll; Greedy’s For Real
It was only the 32nd time in school history that a player has posted at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game. Peterson becomes only the sixth player in Friar history to accomplish the feat. It also marks only the 13th time in BIG EAST history that a player has eclipsed the mark.
Friar Basketball: 29, 20, and 5 (great recruits)
As for the game itself, the story was Greedy Peterson. Is there such a thing as a good missed dunk? When Greedy missed a one hander late in the 2nd half (he was fouled) it sent the crowd buzzing because he took off from Smithfield, but it was perhaps even more significant as it symbolized a rousing 29 point, 20 rebound effort in which he continually attacked the rim for the first time in a while.
Truth About PC Basketball: Rutgers Postgame
All of that said, there is certainly still work to be done. The Friars just seemed unable to deliver a knockout punch in the second half, allowing the Scarlet Knights to hang around for too long. Against a better team, that might have been a bigger problem.
State of Friars Basketball: Peterson’s Career Game Propels the Friars Over Rutgers
Well, this game certainly had its moments. The Friars of the first half seemed a lot like the team that fans would like to see every night. They moved the ball well, and all of our important players were hitting shots.
It seems like Keno Davis’ rumors of a lineup shakeup really scared the players. Both Peterson and Brian McKenzie, both rumored to be moving potentially to the bench, had big games. McKenzie had 11 points on 3-6 shooting, although he did not provide much offense in the second half.
PFB: Postgame: Providence 94, Rutgers 81
Overall though it was a good game. The team didn’t play with the intensity we probably all would have liked over the entire 40 minutes, but they played with enough to win, which last night was good enough. Considering the league we are in we will take it, but we know that if we want to knock off any of the top teams this season nothing less than an all-out 40 minutes performance will do. It is something we have still yet to see
Star Ledger: Providence steamrolls Rutgers, 94-81, to continue rough weekend for program
Tough night? No, last night’s 94-81 loss to the Friars was a painful exercise of what happens to sluggish teams in the Big East. It was the bitter punctuation to a weekend to forget for the Scarlet Knights. Barely 24 hours before they tipped off, Rutgers endured the news that one of the building blocks for their future — sophomore center Greg Echenique — was transferring.
Star Ledger: Ugly first half against Providence could be a sign of things to come for Rutgers
Really? Fifty-five points in the first half against Providence?
You better believe it and it was every bit as ugly as it looked on TV or sounded on radio. That was as bad of a first half — or any half — as I’ve seen Rutgers play.
Daily Targum: Providence piles on misery for Knights, more Echenique fallout
The day after news broke that sophomore forward Gregory Echenique would tranfer, the Rutgers men’s basketball team suffered another disheartening defeat.
Providence forward Jamine Peterson scored 29 points and grabbed 20 rebounds as the Friars handed the Scarlet Knights a 94-81 loss Saturday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. It was the Knights’ third straight defeat to open conference play and fourth in a row.
Boring-ass AP Writeup: Peterson has 29 points, 20 rebounds as Providence rolls over Rutgers 94-81
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squinn02 @vc_32 just gets people the ball in the right spots #friars
SteveHartnett92 RU kidding me??? Greedy Peterson with 29 points and 20 rebounds in a Big East win? Best part was that it all came within the team concept.
raphiellej That should do it. #Friars win 94-81. Good sign for #Rutgers: the play of Dane Miller. Very good night for that freshman. #rubb
phriarphreak greedy with a 20-20 day. wade phillips tells @jhpenfield to suck it
JMulley Rutgers mens basketball team is really bad! #Fail #Friars
MCMSwets Great win tonight for the Friars to get back to 2-2 in the league. 94-81 over Rutgers.
chris_tredeau greedy gettin greedy on the boards pullin down 20. go friars
BrendanPrunty Who teaches Providence FT shooting? Seton Hall? 91-81 PC with 41.9 left. #rubb
rjsuperfly66 Friars looking real solid right now in all aspects of the game