Postgame: Providence 94, Rutgers 81

Posted: January 10, 2010 in Postgame
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Providence got the win last night against the visiting Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.  The Friars came out very strong in the first half building a 55-38 lead.  The first half was dominated by Greedy Peterson who put up 24 of his 29 points.  The 29 nine was a career high for Greedy.  He also pulled down a whopping 20 rebounds.  But Greedy was not the only Friar who had a good night.  Sharaud Curry added 21 points, while Brian McKenzie and Marshon Brooks also scored in double digits.  In the second half Rutgers was able to cut into the Providence lead, but the Friars seemed to always have an answer when they needed it.  For Rutgers, All-American Mike Rosario was held scoreless through most of the game and only finished with a single basket.  Rutgers was led by 26 points from Dane Miller who came off of the bench.  Jon Mitchell and Hamady Ndiaye had strong performances as well.  With the loss Rutgers loses their fourth straight and falls to 9-6 overall and 0-3 in conference play.  Things don’t get much easier for them as they next play host to Syracuse.  With the win Providence improves to 10-6 overall and 2-2 in the BIG EAST.  Their next game will be at DePaul this Thursday.

Hello Greedy Peterson!  After two poor performance and rumors of line-up changes, Greedy had a career night.  29 points and 20 rebounds.  And if Greedy could make his free throws it would be a lot more.  But, after a performance like that we will try not to take that away from him.  11-18 from the floor and 3-6 from three is just a great night for him.  Hopefully he can keep some semblance of this up in the coming games.  Oh, and that near dunk Greedy had in the second half pass from Sharaud Curry on the break… was crazy.  Yes, he was fouled and missed the dunk, but it was an in-face-reminder of what a freakazoid of an athlete he is.

The other name swirling about in the line-up changes was B-Mac.  He got the start and he did his best to justify it.  We are never expecting big things from B-Mac but performances like last night are good.  11 points and 6 rebounds are the numbers we need from him.  We weren’t a fan of all the shots he took but it was clearly an improvement from last game.  B-Mac has had other solid performances like this throughout the season, but has been unable to put together a string of good performances.  One good night doesn’t change that much, he will need to show some consistency in his play and in his numbers in the coming games.

Now for the rest of the positives.  Marshon had another solid game.  He had put together a bad run there, but came in with a second consecutive strong performance.  Hopefully he is starting to see his place on this team.  It is not completely up to him to score.  He passed better and had more effective takes to the basket.  We also liked his work on the boards, especially the offensive boards.  Sharaud has seemingly hit his stride.  The OCC was questionable at best for him, but since the BIG EAST has rolled around Sharaud looks like he has picked up where he left off last year.  Also, once again, VC came ready to play.  There is just not enough you can say about him considering he is a freshman.  We guess the best thing to say is that he dosn’t look like a freshman.  9 points and 6 assists is good stuff.  Some of his passes are just crazy too.  He makes these unbelievable passes look so easy.  Sometimes people have trouble finishing them though.  Maybe they are just surprised to see the ball in their hands, but VC can play… no surprise there.

Last night wasn’t Bilal’s greatest night.  We need more from him, especially on the boards.  He had to go up against 7-footer Hamady Ndiaye which maybe explains some of his woes.  That and the fact that Greedy stole just about every rebound there was to have.  Also, besides VC, there wasn’t that much production from the bench.  We will need more from them in the future.  The last glaring negative was the free throw shooting.  Had it not been for Sharaud, nobody on the team shot better than 50% from the charity stripe.  That has to get better, becuase if it keeps up it will be the reason we lose a game at some point this season.

Overall though it was a good game.  The team didn’t play with the intensity we probably all would have liked over the entire 40 minutes, but they played with enough to win, which last night was good enough.  Considering the league we are in we will take it, but we know that if we want to knock off any of the top teams this season nothing less than an all-out 40 minutes performance will do.  It is something we have still yet to see.  That said last night was good.  Although Providence let it get a little close on occasion, they showed enough poise to stay in control and answer back when they needed to.  They fouled a lot and their defense was not spectacular, but they held Mike Rosario to just two points, and got balanced offensive production from their first six players.  We won the rebounding battle and our assist stats looked better.  DePaul is next, and that is a winnable road game for us.  There are a few days off, to rest up and prepare.  DePaul is without a BIG EAST win and will be looking to defend their home court.  They also haven’t one a BIG EAST game in over 20 games (we are not including their BE postseason win over Cincy last year), so we need to try very hard not to be the team that ends their streak.

PFB Player of the Game: Greedy Peterson– No surprise with this one.  29 points and 20 rebounds is usually good for this sort of thing.  We really wish he hit just one more free throw and got to 30 though.  But hey, great game from Greedy.

Links:

Friars.com

Men’s Basketball Downs Rutgers, 94-81

ProJo.com

McKenzie, Peterson get Friars back to winning ways

Friarblog

Greedy’s Dominant 1st Half Leads Friars to Victory Over Rutgers [Game Recaps]

The State of Friars Basketball

Peterson’s Career Game Propels the Friars Over Rutgers

ScarletKnights.com

Career Nights from Miller and Mitchell Not Enough as RU Falls at Providence

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