Postgame: PC takes care of Bryant

Posted: November 14, 2009 in Postgame
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The 2009-2010 season opened up for the Friars last night with a 96 to 53 blowout win over the Bryant University Bulldogs.  The gamebryantbulldog was decided about midway through the first half when the Friars had already doubled the Bulldogs’ score.  PC out-shot Bryant and out-rebounded then 52 to 29.  Greedy Peterson led the way for the Friars with 18 points and three blocks, while Bilal Dixon also had a great performance with 16 points and 11 blocks.  The rest of the team also came to play with everybody putting up points.

More impressive than the Friars offense was their defense.  PC’s uptempo pace led to 21 turnovers from the Bulldogs, which led to 30 PC points.  Keno Davis had this to say to the ProJo:

“I’m really pleased with our team’s intensity coming out to start the game and pretty much throughout the game.  It was really by far another level what we brought right from the tip in the halfcourt defense.”

Sharaud Curry told the ProJo this:

“Defensively we looked good.  This was a good step but it’s still the first game. We have to do it over a long period of time before we can say that we’re a better defensive team. This was a great step towards that but we have to keep doing it the whole season.”

imagesA couple things, all good…  First we were happy to see the intensity the Friars came out with from the opening tip.  It was an intensity that was not seen in the early season last year.  We think that there are a lot of new guys on the team just itching to finally play, and it showed it a great way last night.  The team looked fresh, athletics, and spirited.  Hopefully this keeps up.

Second was the play of Greedy Peterson.  Once again Greedy had a really good game.  It was easy to forget in his year off how much raw talent he had.  It seems as though his redshirt year really benefited him as he has refined his skills and become a real threat on this team.  In addition it is good to see what Bilal Dixon can do out on the floor.  So far he is looking very good, which is a good sign for the team given the concerns about the frontcourt.

Third was the night Brain McKenzie had.  Brian has seemed to be getting lost in the shuffle.  He had an down season last year and is being pushed by the freshmen and transfers this year.  But like Sharaud, Brian is a veteran on this team that lacks experience and it was good to see him produce while he is out there, because as a veteran we will really need him on the floor at times this year.  His 3 threes and 11 points were a good sign.

Last was the Friar defense.  For a team that is expected to let up high scoring totals and is coming off of a less than admirable defensive showing last year it was great to see PC keep Bryant low.  Also PC was able to grab a bunch of turnovers, and just played with at a different level defensively than they did last year.  A more athletic team and a new concentration on defense have looked to help the Friars defense for now.  Lets hope it continues through the weekend.

ProJo: PC Friars Open with a 96-53 Blowout of Bryant

Friarblog: Friars Bulldoze Bulldogs 96-53 in Season Opener

Friars.com: Men’s Basketball Season Opens with 96-53 Win Over Bryant in World Vision Invitational

BryantBulldogs.com: Bryant Struggles Against Providence College, Falls, 96-53, in 2009-10 Season Opener

ESPN.com: PC vs. Bryant Recap

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