Postgame: Providence 70, Louisville 92

Posted: January 7, 2010 in Postgame
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After allowing Louisville to to jump out to a 14-0 lead Providence fought back and went into the half with a 42-37 lead.  The second half; however, was a completely different story.  Coach Rick Pitino made the halftime adjustments necessary to outscore Providence 45-21 in the second twenty minutes.  The Cardinals‘ run was led by the play of senior Edgar Sosa.  Sosa went 5-10 from behind the arch and finished with a game high 26 points.  Senior Jerry Smith and sophomore Samardo Samauls also offered offensive support.  Smithfield, Rhode Island native, Mike Marra scored 11 points coming off of the bench going 3-5 from three.  The Friars were led by Marshon Brooks who netted 21 points, but got only three points from Greedy Peterson.  The Friars were 43 to 19 allowing 23 second chance points.  With the win the Cardinals improve to 11-4, 2-0 and will next take on St. John’s.  With the loss Providence falls to 9-6, 1-2 and will next host Rutgers on Saturday.

After getting blitzed by the Louisville pressure in the first few possessions we thought that we might be in for a long night.  But it looked like, besides B-Mac, the guards were able to handle the pressure and the game started settle into the fast paced high tempo that Keno likes to play.  And it was working.  Coming back from 14 down to really take control of the game in the first half was impressive.  Shots were falling, the ball was being protected and Marshon Brooks was showing signs of life.  As the first half closed though there was the thought that things might take a turn for the worse.

With seconds left, the defensive breakdown that allowed Louisville to get a three point play and cut the lead to five going into the locker room was a sign of things to come.  During the intermission Rick Pitino must have made the right adjustments, because the second half wasn’t even a game.  He took of the press which slowed the pace and forced Providence to play in the half court, which is apparently something they do not do very well.  He changes his halfcourt defensive look and the shots and the ball movement stopped for the Friars.  Where in the first half that rare extra pass was being made the second hald was much more one on one style play.  There was also that questionable shot clock no call, by none other than PC’s favorite official Tim Higgins, that started the Friar downfall.

Despite Pitino’s adjustments, and Tim Higgins the stat that really jumps out is the rebounding margin.  Louisville destroyed Providence on the boards.  43 to 19 is crazy.  Greedy was the high rebounder with only five,  Bilal only had four.  When you get out-rebounded that badly and give up 23 second chance points you are asking to lose the game.  Those kind of numbers are unacceptable.  When you are getting out-rebounded that badly you need to make a change.  Give Russ a chance.  He is a physical player and maybe he could have gotten in there and grabbed some boards, or at least keep some of the Louisville bigs off of the boards.

The game was tough to watch in the second half, but it didn’t seem as frustrating as some of the other loses.  Maybe that is because, if only for a little while, there were signs that things were working for the Friars.  Marshon came back to life and VC looked good again.  But the rebounding is hard to get over, and what happened to Greedy.  He played 29 minutes and only had three points.  He didn’t have a great game at St. John’s but this game was troubling.  Hopefully he can get back on track against Rutgers.  Also, Johnnie Lacy has been getting minutes, but still isn’t putting up many assists or any points.

All in all a tough game, but it is over and we have an important stretch coming up with a game against Rutgers and at DePaul.  We aren’t going to be a force in the BIG EAST this year, but it is important that we don’t fall behind the Rutgers and DePauls of the league.

Also the Friars broke out there gray alternates.  Any thoughts?

PFB Player of the Game: Marshon Brooks- Marshon got his scoring game going again with 21 points.  He also had 4 rebounds.  A few more assists would have been good but 2 steals, 3-4 from three and 8-11 overall was good to see.  His shot selection was better and his percentage showed it.  Hopefully he builds off of this offensive performance.

Links:

Friars.com

Men’s Basketball Upended By Louisville, 92-70

ProJo.com

Friars come undone, tumble to Louisville, 92-70

Friarblog

OK, So That 2nd Half Sucked

State of Friars Basketball

Friars Flop After Missed Call, Cardinals Win in Rout

UofLSports.com

Louisville Pulls Away From Providence, 90-72

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Comments
  1. David says:

    No comment on the game.

    But I didn’t mind the grays. I prefer the home whites, but nothing wrong with mixing things up with an alternate. It obviously didn’t help them play any better though.

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