After a less than spectacular first half, Providence was able to improve to 11-6, and 3-2 in the conference with a win over the DePaul University Blue Demons. The loss marked 23 straight regular season BIG EAST losses for the Blue Demons and the first loss for interim coach Tracey Webster. Providence was led in scoring by Marshon Brooks. Brooks, coming off of an ankle tweak last game, came off of the bench but netted 17 points. Greedy Peterson also played well with another double double performance. Bilal Dixon and Sharaud Curry also scored in double digits in the winning effort. DePaul was without big man Mac Koshwal, who is out again with a foot injury. Without Koswhal DePaul looked to Will Walker, but the senior guard had a quiet night with only seven points. The only player to break double digits for the Blue Demons was Mike Stovall who had 30 points. With the loss DePaul falls to 7-9 and remains winless in four BIG EAST games. They will next travel to St. John’s to take on the Red Storm. The Friars will stay on the road to take on Marquette, Sunday at 4:00.
The first half of this game was tough to watch. The team didn’t look sharp and nobody was really playing inspired basketball. Luckily, however, we were playing DePaul. DePaul was beating us, but if they had any offense going for them last night they could have been beating up on us. We were able to stay close, really through no effort of our own, and were able to get the win. Marshon, played very well with seven rebounds and 17 assists. He also had a nasty steal/behind the back pass to open up a transition play. His ankle didn’t seem to bother him and he played like we need him to.
Greedy once again had a double double. He had a good game statistically, but he had some problems. Shot selection was an issue, and maybe it is just because we have come to expect a lot from him lately, but he didn’t seem to perform up to hos ability. Sharaud played well again, but VC looked like the better point guard last night. Some of his passes are just great. We were happy with the most part with Bilal. His numbers were the solid numbers we need from him. B-Mac…. not good. He scored the first point for the Friars and than that was it. He didn’t really grab any rebounds or anything. He just picked up a bunch of fouls… which was probably for the best because it put him on the bench. We have no problem with him starting or playing, but on the nights like last night, where he is clearly not helping, Coach Keno needs to sit him down. Duke Mondy and Kyle Wright have shown to be better shooters and can be more productive.
Also we won the rebounding battle which was good. We were lucky that Koshwal was out, and we didn’t out rebound them by enough in our opinion, but it was good enough for the win, and as always we will take wins however we get them this year in this league. Next up is Marquette who is much much better than there 1-3 record would lead you to believe. They have had some tough games, but have had a long break to prepare for Providence and they are always difficult to beat at home.