Postgame: PC over Vermont

Posted: November 25, 2009 in Postgame
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Providence downed Vermont 106 to 64 last night at The Dunkin’ Donuts Center.  The Friars had runs of 20-4 and 18-4 in the first 20 minutes giving them a 30 point edge heading into the half, never allowing Vermont to get into the game.  The Friars were once again led by Marshon Brooks who put in 24 points and had 5 steals.  Greedy Peterson also had another big game with 20 points and 5 boards in only 16 minutes of action.  PC also got help from strong performances from James Still and Duke Mondy, and Kyle Wright showed his offensive prowess netting 13 points which included a trio of threes.  For Vermont, senior standout Marqus Blakely scored 24 points and brought down 10 rebounds, but was given no help from the rest of the Catamounts.  Blakely actually led Vermont in all major categories including steals, assists, and blocks.  With the loss Vermont falls to 2-2 as they will go on to play the Drexel Dragons.  The Friars improve to 4-1 as they prepare to host Boston College this Saturday.

Following a difficult loss at Alabama we weren’t sure what to expect as the Friars took on a solid, and very confident, Vermont team, but we liked what we wound up seeing… a lot.  Despite Thanksgiving break there was a solid crowd of just under 7,000.  Marshon and Greedy both had great games again, but this game there was great contribution by the rest of the squad as well.  Duke Mondy, Sharaud Curry, Kyle Wright, and Brian McKenzie all had solid offensive performances.  Kyle hit three threes and seemed to settle in offensively for the first time this season.  Hopefully he keeps it up.  Also, he out some good work in on the boards… a good sign off the bench.

 It looks like Sharaud didn’t start.  Not sure why, but he was coming off a bad game and he needed a better performance against Vermont.  It wasn’t his greatest game but it was an improvement from last game.  he had 9 points, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 2 turnovers.  We’d say a solid performance.  In future games we will need some more offensive production but for tonight this was good.

The only dark spot on an otherwise great game was that the Friars got off to a sluggish start.  Against Vermont that can work, but we need to come out with intensity from the opening tip.  That said, they recovered nicely from a sluggish first few minutes and really got things going. 

What we really loved wasn’t the 106 points but the defense the Friars played.  Last year there was a lot of criticism that carried over into this year, but so far this team has been able to improve their defense.  Last night PC forced over 20 turnovers and had an outstanding 19 steals.  That is great stuff. 

So it was a good win coming off a bad loss for PC.  Vermont was a solid team, but this was on our homecourt and was a game that had to be won.  On Saturday Boston College comes to The Dunk, which is a big oppurtunity for PC.  Hopefully they rest up over these next few days and come out strong on Saturday.

Links:

ProJo

PC 106, Vermont 64: Friars take care of business

Friarblog

Friars Stuff Their Faces a Full of Points Two Days Early [Game Recaps]

PC Athletics

Men’s Basketball Uses Hot Shooting to Bury Vermont 106-64

Vermont Athletics

Providence Downs Vermont in Men’s Hoops

AP Game Summary [ESPN.com]

Providence 106, Vermont 64

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