Providence (8-4) came from behind to defeat the Yale University Bulldogs (4-7) last night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Coming off of Finals Break the Friars came out slow and allowed Yale to add up 11 at one point, and took 30 minutes to finally get their game going with 31-13 run in the last fourth of the game. The Bulldogs were led by the play of senior guard Alex Zampier who netted 25 points. The Friars were led by yet another double double performance of 25 points and 13 rebounds from Greedy Peterson. This makes it seven on the season and three in a row for the sophomore forward. Vincent Council also had a strong performance in the win for the Friars who end their OOC schedule with a win. Next the Friars will have a nine day layoff before they travel to South Bend to begin their BIG EAST schedule against Luke Harangody and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Not a great game, but a win is a win. We weren’t quite sure how the team would respond to the Iona loss and the Finals break, and for a while it didn’t look like their response was going to be good enough. This is the first game that we weren’t able to either see or listen to on the radio, so all we had was CBS Gamecast.
In our pregame we made the mistake of saying that PC should be able to control the boards and dominate in the paint. Whether that should have happened or not, it was clearly not the case. The rebounding was pretty even, but Yale actually won in both offensive rebounds and total rebounds. Not good. We will put part of that on Bilal’s return to his fouling habits. With the BIG EAST starting his foul troubles have to end. We are short on size and him spending most of his time on the bench is bad news for us. Obviously Greedy is a rebound machine, but he needs another body down there to help out.
Although it seemed for a while like this would be another Iona game, in that PC would just not be able to fully close the gap, with about 10 minutes to go the defense finally showed some life and that led to some offense. It wasn’t a pretty win, but it was a win. We were able to finish with the same 8-4 record as we did last year. Will the BIG EAST go as well for us as it did last year? Probably not, but hopefully we can have an exciting BIG EAST schedule. Win or lose we are just happy it is finally here.
PFB Player of the Game: Vincent Council- This was difficult because we weren’t able to see the game. We wanted to give it to Greedy who had another great game, his double doubles have almost become expected and sometimes it seems like he is the only player ready to play from the opening tip to the closing buzzer. However, this game we will give it to VC, who by all accounts had a great game. Sometimes it is hard to remember that he is only a freshman. But he had great numbers and was essential to PC pulling this one out. And apparently he had a pretty sick dunk. Thank goodness for VC.
The State of Friars Basketball