Postgame: PC Hangs On to Beat Northeastern

Posted: December 2, 2009 in Postgame
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Providence led most of the game with a comfortable double digit lead, until the last three minutes when the Northeastern University Huskies cut the lead down to as much as two.  Missed free throws and a few costly turnovers left the game in the balance in the final minute until Greedy Peterson connected on a short jumper on an inbounds alley-oop from Sharaud Curry with one second left on the shot clock to put the Friars up for good.  The Friars avenged last years loss by walking out of Matthew’s Arena with a 76-72 win.  PC had five players score in double digits but were led by Sharaud Curry’s game high 19 and Greedy Peterson’s 18 points and 9 rebounds.  The Huskies were led by an 18 point performance from senior guard Matt Janning.  With the win Providence improves to 5-2 and Northeastern falls to 2-3.

Whoa that was way too close.  We were sitting watching the game, liking the way things were going hoping PC might  build on their lead a little in the second half, but with three minutes left to go in the game it was like the engines lost power and the plane started losing altitude way too quickly.  As a result we blacked out and have no idea what happened in those last three minutes… if only.  We saw a 13 point lead vanish as the Huskies pulled within two and as usual PC unable to make clutch free throws.  Finally with that risky semi-alley-oop inbounds-play Greedy was able to connect and the game was won, but it definitely gave us a scare.  But a win is a win and the Friars needed this game so we will take it no matter how ugly it was.

We will get the negatives out of the way first.  Obviously the last three minutes was the most disappointing.  Once again PC coughed the ball up in the closing minutes to make things close.  The offense stalled and so did Marshon.  We know they were running down the clock, but they finally made their move to the basket it was basically a one-on-one move with no passing that usually resulted in a missed basket.  We have to do better than that.  B-Mac once again was less than stellar.  He had a very clutch rebound down the stretch but he missed a critical free throw.  Marshon had a quiet game and we needed a little more production from him.  This from Marshon’s facebook:

“Played bad and we still pulled it out….that’s a good W”

Now to the positives, because if you did blackout for those last three minutes there were a lot of them.  First, it looks like Sharaud’s offense is back and securely intact.  He had some big threes and hit some other important baskets.  He got off to a slow start this season but it looks like he is back on.  Second was another really good game by Greedy.  18 points and 9 boards is good stuff.  His shooting percentage was very high as well.  When he is in the game the Friars do better, he gives them second chances on offense, and has been doing well defensively.  If he could only get his foul shot down he’d be in great shape.  That said… thanks for the game Greedy… we needed it.  Our last major highlight was the solid play of Vincent Council once again.  Coming off of the bench he had 11 points and 5 assists.  He did have 3 turnovers, one of them in those terrible last three minutes, but we have to remember that he is still just a freshman.  But man can he play.  He is going to be important as the season goes on.

So the Friars played 37 minutes of good basketball and luckily it was enough to pull out the win over Northeastern.  That won’t be the case in the future so lets hope PC starts to learn how to close out games.  That said this was another close game, but it gave good experience for this young team.  Besides it being their first road win, it was good for them to be on the winning side of a close game for a lot of reasons.  URI is up this weekend and a close road win will help in building confidence heading into the Rumble in Rhody.  Speaking of which, after the game we left on COX and saw a little bit of a show that followed the Rams last year.  We watched a little because it was an inside look at the game from last year.  What a great win that was.  It was nice to watch.  Anyway, back to Northeastern.  It was good to get the win and start to make up for last years loss.  Now on to URI!

PC Player of the Game: Greedy Peterson.  He did miss the front end of a critical one-and-one, but he also made the clutch shot on the inbounds play to put the game just out of reach for the Huskies.  Greedy had a solid game with 18 points and 9 boards and gave the Friars a much needed boost.

Links:

Friars.com

Men’s Basketball Earns A 76-72 Win At Northeastern

ProJo.com

College Basketball: PC 76, Northeastern 72

Friarblog.com

Meltdown Averted, Friars beat Northeastern 76-72

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