Postgame: Providence Mangages Win Over St. John’s

Posted: January 5, 2010 in Postgame
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Providence (9-5, 1-1) went on the road and beat The University of St. John’s Red Storm (10-4, 0-2) last night at Carnesseca Arena.  The Friars, got off to a very slow start, but were able to hand around with the Red Storm.  A season high 26 points from Sharaud Curry kept the Friars within striking distance until the rest of the team got going.  Greedy Peterson who got off to a very slow start ended strong with 14 points and some important rebounds.  The story of the game; however, was turnovers.  The Red Storm had 23 turnovers, 16 as a result from Providence steals, which led to 21 Friar points.  The Johnnies were led by junior Justin Brownlee who scored 14 points.  D.J. Kennedy also was a major contributor with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists.  With the loss St. John’s falls to 0-2 in conference play and will next play at Louisville.  With the win the Friars improve to 1-1 and will also face Louisville in their next contest, at the Dunk on January 6.

PFB Perspective: Sorry for not posting this yesterday, we were without out computer.  We were able to make it out to the game, and were lucky enough to see a Providence win.  The game was pretty sloppy for both team but, especially this season, we will take wins however we can get them.

Sharaud Curry kept his hot end to the Notre Dame game going in Queens as he was he consistently scored throughout the game.  He put up 26 points along with 5 assists to keep the Friars in the game, especially in the first half.  Greedy got off to a slow start this game with a couple missed shots and missed rebounds, so he found himself shuttling between the bench and the court in the first half; however, he was able to get it together and finish strongly.  He wound up with 14 points and 5 rebounds.  Far below his season averages, but they game at the end of the game when they were needed to pull away from St. John’s.  B-Mac also did well in front of his hometown crowd.  He netted 12 points going 3-4 from behind the arch.  He grabbed 5 rebounds and had no turnovers.  We have come not to expect too much from B-Mac, but if we can get performances like these from him than that can only help us.  Good game from him.  VC looked to be back on track, getting six assists and narrowly missing a seventh on a crazy break away pass to Greedy that he was unable to finish.  Johnnie got 8 minutes and was energetic on the court, but with no assists and no points was not very productive offensively.

Marshon continues to be a mystery.  He finished with ten points, five rebounds, and four steals, but was not playing his best.  He is still having some trouble with his shot.  Part of the problem was his layups.  He missed at least three layups, one on a fast break that must have slipped from his hand or something, and at least two driving through the lane that hit off the iron.  He needs to be a better finsiher when he takes it inside.  On a positive not his defense was clearly there.  Five rebounds and 4 steals are really good numbers from him.  Marshon just seemed to be quiet all night.  He did have a big three point play toward the end, but never really got himself going.  The numbers look solid, but we need more points and a better percentage from Marshon if we want to steal a few more wins this season.

Like we said though, a win is a win, and especially when that win comes on the road we will gladly take it.  Yes St. John’s was without there point guard, and yes they played uncharacteristically sloppily when considering there previous games this season, but the Friars were able to take advantage of it.  Also, despite getting down early in the road the Friars showed toughness coming back and toughness closing out the game, something that was missing earlier this season.  This is a sign, if only a small one, that we were looking for this season.  There is a lot of improvement to come for this new team, but its nice to see a small bit of progress.  Next up is Louisville, who is coming off of a tiring game against Kentucky.  More on that to follow.

PFB Player of the Game: Sharaud Curry- This was an easy one.  Sharaud came ready to play.  He looked like the senior leader he was.  He distributed the ball, but also put the ball through the hoop.  This was the Sharaud we remember.  More of this from Sharaud can only be a good thing for the Friars.

Links:

Friars.com

Men’s Basketball Wins At St. John’s, 74-59, To Record First BIG EAST  Victory

ProJo.com

PC knocks off St. John’s, 74-59

Friarblog

Friars Steal Their Way to Road Victory Over St. John’s [Game Recaps]

The State of Friars Basketball

Friars Overcome Poor Shooting to Beat Red Storm

ESPN.com

AP Write-Up and Stats (Watch out they spell Friars… Fryars)

RedStormSports.com

Red Storm Stopped in Queens By Providence, 74-59

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