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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.


Opponent: Yale University Bulldogs / Est. 1701 / New Haven, CT / Enrollment: 12,500 / Ivy League

All-time Series: Friars-8, Bulldogs-7

Location: The Dunkin’ Donuts Center (Providence, RI)

Date: Monday December, 21

Time: 7:00pm

Coverage: WEEI 103.7 FM Providence

Preview: The Friars will return from Finals to take on the Yale University Bulldogs (4-6) in their final OOC game of the season.  The Bulldogs, predicted to finish sixth in some polls, are currentlyfifth in the Ivy League.  Yale is led by returning senior guard, Alex Zampier.  Zampier is averaging 18.3 points.  He is supported by fowards Jordan Gibons and Michael Sands who are both averaging double digit scoring figures.  Providence leads Yale in almost every statistic except for Free Throw Percentage and Steals per Game.

PFB Perspective: First, we need to apologize for our recent abcence.  With it being finals week and traveling home it was hard to get up post.  There were some good things that happened last week so we will try to catch ourselves up during this week.

Finally another game.  Sitting on that terrible Iona loss was difficult all week, so it will be good to get back out there and hopefully get a win.  The team has had a week to rest up and prepare, but have also been preoccupied with finals and haven’t been able to practice fully as a team as much because of the finals.  Therefore we aren’t sure what to expect, but than again the case was probably the same for Yale so maybe it will have no effect.  Hopefully we put the Iona game behind us and close out the OOC portion of the schedule on a high note.

This game is the same as all games.  We need a consistant effort for 40 minutes from everybody on the team.  The bulldogs aren’t the greatest rebounders so PC who is one of the best rebounding teams in the country should dominate on the boards.  We would like to see PC come out and penetrate.  Yale doesn’t have great size (they do have one player at 6’11”) so it shouldn’t be too had for a player like Marshon to drive and take it to the rack, and for Greedy to clean up around the rim.  And if they can’t take it to the rim pass it out for the open three.

On paper PC is better than Yale in almost everyway, but after losing to Yale no game should be taken lightly.  We all know that we are going to take some lumps when the BIG EAST schedule starts so hopefully we can get a win tonight and wrap up the OOC with an 8-4 record (the same record we reached last year).  We won’t be able to see the game as we are back home, but we will be following it closely and will look to put up the postgame tonight or tomorrow morning.


Men’s Basketball Game Notes vs. Yale

Davis hopes Friars have learned their lesson in Iona loss

Capsule Preview: Yale vs. PC


What To / Where To: Game #12 Yale

Trip to Providence Follows Finals Break

Providence College went down to The University of Alabama last night in overtime, 84 – 75.  After a strong first half the Friars shot just under 35% in the second half while Alabama was shooting over 50%.  Evenwith the shooting percentage drop-off the Friars still looked like they were more than capable of winning the game, until in the last minute they gave it up with costly turnovers.  A one point game quickly turned to a 9 point win for the Crimson Tide.  Greedy Peterson led the Friars with 27 points and 14 rebounds.  Marshon Brooks, coming back from an ankle injury suffered last week, put in 22 points.  The Crimson Tide were led by Mikhail Torrance who finished with 26 points.  With the win Alabama moves to 2-1 and the loss puts the Friars at 3-1; joining USF as the only other BIG EAST team with a loss.

Sorry for the late recap, but we needed some time to recover from that loss.  There is always something more difficult about the first loss, and we aren’t sure why that is.  Its not like we planned to go undefeated or even close to it, but that first loss just never sits well.  At least it wasn’t a home game to Northeastern or anything…  Anyway besides the pain of the first loss of the season, this loss was especially hard to take.  It was a winnable game for PC.  They had the ball with the lead and let it just slip away.  It was a new team doing the things that Friars fans have been accustomed to seeing.  Staying positive we would say that there are so many newcomers that hopefully it was just more of a function of their first road game.  What is frustrating is that this was a game of opportunity.  A chance for a young team to get a win over a recognizable (major conference school) but very beatable team on the road.  There was a lot of confidence that could be built from this game and it could have been a win.

Another thing that didn’t sit well was the game Sharaud Curry played.  If PC is going to win these game they need a more balanced attack.  More balanced in that Marshon and Greedy cannot be the only ones putting up points in large numbers.  There has to be a third major contributer and that is Sharaud.  Now listen, we love Sharaud, and the fact is that he just had an off game, it really isn’t anything to worry about, but the only problem is that given the state of the team this year we cannot afford for Sharaud to have an off game.  We are confident that Sharaud will be back to his normal self when PC takes on Vermont.

On a positive note it looked as though Greedy got rid of his point-blank shooting woes.  He had a monster game, really keeping the Friars in it, and was once again an absolute monster on the boards.  We think, and we are not being to adventurous to say, that Greey could really average a double double this season.  Another bright spot was that Marshon looked healthy, which was essential to PC success.  He seemed to think his ankle was alright and his points total suggested the same thing.  He did have the costly turnover at the end, but it is good to see that he has nicely stepped up into a leadership role on this team and has taken full responsibility:

“I was too loosey-goosey with the basketball.  I was playing around with my defender too much, and I could have gone right by him. I had seven turnovers. That’s my fault.”


Friars Meltdown in Final Minute

AP Write-Up

Men’s Basketbell Defeated at Alabama, 84-75

PC’s Brooks Was Solid, But Turnovers Costly

Pugnacious Pachyderms Prevail over Providence

Opponent: The University of Alabama Crimson Tide / Est: 1832 / Tuscaloosa, AL / Enrollment: 27,000 / SEC (Western)

Location: Coleman Coliseum (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Date: Friday, November 20

Time: 8:00 pm

Preview: The Friars (3-0) will head down south to Tuscaloosa, Alabama for an out of conference match-up with The University of Alabama Crimson Tide (1-1) on Friday.  This will be the first road trip for the young team, which should play a big role in the game.  Alabama is coming off of a win over Jackson State, but lost their first game of the season to Cornell… at home.  Alabama is a young team and is picked to finish fourth in the SEC West.  They are led by sophomore forward JaMychal Green.  He was a double digit scorer as a freshman and is and is strong on the boards.  Alabama also has a talented freshman in Tony Mitchell.  He is a slashing wing who can finish above the rim and make plays on both ends of the floor.  Besides that the Crimson Tide are an unknown.  New coach, Anthony Grant looks to stabilize his young team and transition them out of the troubles they had last year.

Lowdown: Historically PC has had its troubles when it comes to road games.  The new bunch, although, mostly freshman, need to shake this and a win in Tuscaloosa would be a great start.  Following their loss to Cornell only a crowd of about 2,000 (in the 15,000 seat Coleman Coliseum) showed up for their Jackson State game.  Granted this was a weeknight and a weak out of conference game, but with a football game early Saturday, we wouldn’t be surprised if the turnout wasn’t great again, which of course would help the Friars.

Alabama looks like they have some players.  Green looks solid, and Tony Mitchell had a coming out party against Jackson State.  But they don’t look like anything that PC can’t handle.  The bigs need to play well, especially Bilal on Green.  Bilal needs to shutdown Green on the boards and stay out of foul trouble.  He fouled out early against Mercer and there was a noticeable difference in the post presence.  The other key factor for the Friars is the play of Marshon.  Kevin McNamara blogged today that Marshon is day to day.  We saw him today walking around, and he looked alright, but clearly there is a big difference between walking and playing basketball.  We saw what happened in the Mercer game after he hurt his ankle so for the sake of our offense we pray that he’ll be on the floor in game condition Friday night when the ball tips.

At home we would take the Friars without question, but this is a long way to go for a team that hasn’t had a road game yet, so we think it will be a fight… But a fight that PC can win.  If we have a healthy Marshon and an inspired Sharaud, avoid the mistakes made during the Mercer game, and make free throws this could be a big road win.  Although Alabama is not a powerhouse basketball team it is a recognizable name, and wins over recognizable teams on the road can go a long way in building the confidence of a very young team.

Coverage: Radio– WEEI 103.7 FM Providence

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BamaHoops: An Alabama Basketball Blog

Up next, the Friars from Providence will come to Tuscaloosa Friday night for a 7 pm tip. They are undefeated and come from arguably the nation’s best conference in the Big East. We have a history with Providence, as they eliminated one of Wimp Sanderson’s better teams in the Sweet 16. Billy Donovan played on that team, against Mark Gottfried. This is a winnable game for us, as Mercer played them within 2, but it will not be a cake walk. There is no reason why we shouldn’t have a big crowd Friday night. The football team has an early game on Saturday, so go ahead and get to Tuscaloosa the night before and support our young basketball team!

The Friars got their third win in as many days as they took down the Mercer University Bears 79-77, in what was essentiallyMercer-University-Logothe Championship game of the World Vision Invitational.  The Friars had leads over 17 points in both the first and second halves, but only managed to scrape by with a two point win over a resilient Mercer team.

The Friars were led by Marshon Brooks who had a monster first half, scoring 22, but had to fight through the second half with and ankle injury and only put up four points.  Greedy Peterson ripped down 22 rebounds which is the most in a single game for a Friar since 2000 but went only 5 for 20 missing a number of shots from point-blank range.  This, and Bilal Dixon picking up his 5th foul with lots of time on the clock left the door open for Mercer.  A 6 minute PC scoring drought brought Mercer within points of the Friars, and down the stretch, uncharacteristically, Sharaud and Marshon both missed key free throws that could have put the game away.  Marshon had this to say:

“I missed three. I buckled them.  We can’t have our leaders do that. Put me in that position again. I won’t miss.”

In the end though a Mercer turnover sealed the deal for the Friars and they were able to escape the weekend with a 3-0 start to the season.  After the game Marshon Brooks, Greedy Peterson, and Sharaud Curry were named to the All-Tournament Team, and Marshon was named the Tournament MVP.

imagesFirst:  We would like to apologize for the late recap of this game and the failure to but up a Bucknell Recap.  It was a busy weekend, and with no spacing between the games it was difficult.  Now to the Mercer game.

Yikes.  As we sat listening to the radio watching the updates on ESPN Gamecast we started to get that feeling that is all too familiar to Friar fans.  The feeling that a game that was in the bag was slipping away.  The feeling that a new batch of Friars were going to have the same problems closing out teams that the last batch did.  Luckily they pulled it out.  Thankfully.

The first half was great.  The scoring was not really distributed greatly with Marshon dominating the box score, but hey, whenever Marshon is feeling like putting up the points he did in the first half yesterday afternoon, we have no problem with that.  But the problem was that when Marshon went down nobody really picked up the slack.  Sharaud did a good job trying to make up for the scoring but we really needed one of the big guys to contribute in a bigger way.  We are trying not to be too concerned about Greedy’s 5-20 shooting performance, or his missed dunks, and focus on his incredible 22 rebounds, but that percentage was hard to overlook, especially when so many of his misses game from within five feet of the basket.  The last thing that didn’t sit well was the free throw misses at the end of the game.  Marshon was hurt but still you’d think he’d knock a couple of those down, and Sharaud who is usually lights out misfired from the stripe as well.  Hopefully that was more of a function of the three games in three days, and not anything we should be worried about.  I mean everybody misses free throws, just it was unfortunate timing, especially from the leaders of the team.  On a very positive note, PC only had three turnovers!

So what it comes down to is that we won the game.  We were supposed to start out 3-0 and we are.  It was a tough game, but Mercer is a good team, and the Friars had some obstacles to overcome… but they did which is a good sign.  Now the schedule gets a more difficult and this young Friars team will take its first road trip… down to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama.  The team (and Marshon’s ankle) has the week to rest and will hopefully come out recharged and start off 4-0.  But for now enjoy the 3-0 start and the promising play of a lot of newcomers.


For a more detailed recap and some great stats, nobody does it better than Friarblog… so check out the recap

Providence took down the Stonehill College Skyhawks this past Saturday at the Dunk 91-55.  The Friars were led in scoring, once againstonehill, by Marshon Brooks, who looked confident and in control out on the court; however the real story of the night was Greedy Peterson.  After redshirting all of last season, and being held out of scrimmages and exhibitions up until this point, this was the first chance to see Greedy in a long time.  He certainly did not disappoint.  Greedy finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds (six offensive), four blocked shots, and two steals… a double double in his first game in over a year.  But these points didn’t just come on put-backs and high flying dunks as Friar fans might assume when recalling Greedy Peterson’s play; Greedy knocked down two three pointers, and was more active in the dribble-drive.  Greedy told Paul Kenyon of the ProJo this:

“I’m feeling real comfortable now.  I’m not getting away from the basket, but I want to have an inside-outside game.”

Greedy; however, is still the jumping jack he always was and was able to elevates and connect on several dunks.

The Friars next game, and season opener, will come against Bryant University at the Dunkin’ Donuts center in the World Vision Invitational on November 13.

imagesSorry for the delay in the Postgame.  Once again this is only a D-2 team in an exhibition game; however, this is what we needed to see.  Marshon once again looked really good offensively and PC was able to make 12 threes as opposed to 6 last game in a comparable number of attempts.  As we said in the recap though the story is clearly Greedy Peterson’s big game.  We had been really anxious to see him play.  We have heard that he was dominating in practice and had really improved in his redshirt season…  He did not disappoint.  He was a beast out there.  Inside and out, on both sides of the ball he played a great game, especially since it has been over a year since he last played.  What we really liked to see was Greedy connecting from three.  He is an undersized big man so the ability to spread the floor and create mismatches with bigger slower forwards will be necessary for him to have success.  All those extra hours we have seen him put in just shooting three pointers in the Peterson Recreation Center has clearly paid off.

Greedy has emerged as a new player, and he did great against Stonehill, but we are anxious to see how it translates to D-1 teams when the3393978season really starts up.

Besides Greedy, the Friars cleaned up what they needed to from last game and played good ball.  Most importantly the shooting percentage was good, which is always a good sign when you have a guard heavy, three happy team.  Besides that PC took better care of the ball and looked more like a unit that last game.  Also, they only gave up 55 points which means that there was some effort on defense (There have been a lot of other BIG EAST teams that have failed to limit their D-2 opponents scoring.  All good signs, which is good coming in the week where we lost a potential recruit.  They are making progress quickly, which is good because the season is upon us.  Hopefully they continue to improve to ready themselves for the hard Out of Conference games and the BIG EAST.

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Fox 12 Providence: Video Highlights

Gary Parrish of CBS Sports put out his Big East Preview Today.  In it he ranks each team and gives a little blurb aboutcbs_sports_logo them.  His predictions are pretty much in line with most everybody else’s, except he has UConn at #2 and West Virginia at #3.  Parrish put Providence at #14 saying this:

14. Providence

Keno Davis is similar to Williams at Marquette in that his first year was better than anticipated, but his second year could be rough. Five players who averaged at least eight points per game are gone, among them Weyinmi Efejuku (15.7 ppg). It should clear the way for Sharaud Curry to increase his scoring load significantly, and Marshon Brooks (33 points in the Friars’ first exhibition) could have a breakout season. But it’s still difficult to envision Providence competing in the top half of this league. Too much was lost at the same time.

imagesWe really like Parrish as a writer and must say that his assessment is fair, and on target.  it would be hard for anybody to pick Providence finishing anywhere under 12 given what they lost and all the inexperienced new faces coming in.  This doesn’t mean that Providence can really surprise some people this season though, because as underdogs we really could.

The bright spot in his predictions was that he choose Marshon Brooks to be the Breakthrough Player of the year.  Hopefully he is right on this one, because for PC to finish better than 14th, we are going to need Marshon to be a leader and a consistent scorer this year.

Providence_College_2PC took down the Merrimack College Warriors yesterday afternoon 97 to 74 in the first game held at Alumni Hall in over 30 years.  Providence got off to a slow start andwarrior-new the tight officiating didn’t help (Merrimack shot 27 free throws in the first half).  The first half moved slowly and PC jump shots were far and few between.  In the second half PC began to put some distance between themselves at Merrimack.  The Friars were led by Marshon Brooks’ game high 33 points.  Bilal Dixon and Sharuad Curry added 16 and 15 respectively.  Dixon also had 15 rebounds.  Alumni Hall provided an exciting atmosphere for an exhibition game although throughout the game the heat in the building was an issue.  Marshon Brooks had this to say:

“I loved it but it was hot.  It was very, very hot. I cramped up at the end.  This is fine but just once.  We need the Dunk back.”

Brooks will get his wish when PC takes on Stonehill on November 7 at the Dunk. A few other notes:  Greedy Peterson did no play in Saturday’s exhibition due to a sore thigh.  He has, however, been practicing regularly.  Also the Friars broke out their new Nike Jerseys for the season.

imagesPC beat up on a very good D-2 team, which was to be expected, even with all the new faces on the court.  We thought the goals going into this game should have been lock down defense, good jump shooting, and an absence of sloppy play.  The defense was there (granted there were a ton of fouls, but some of those were questionable), but so was the sloppy play, and the shooting wasn’t.  There were a few too many missed lay-ups and put backs.  Also, at times, people were careless with the ball.  But, this was the first time these guys are playing with each other, and for many their first collegiate competition so there is no reason to be too hard on anyone.  What was not as ok was the 6 for 26 from behind the arc.  That is a stat that is going to have to change if PC wants to be competitive.

Enough with the negatives though.  There were a lot of bright spots.  The play of Vince Council was great.  He looks like he will be a serious contributor this year.  His speed, ball-handling, and court vision were all clearly visible in Saturday’s exhibition.  What we thought was the best part of his game was his defense.  It seemed like he was able to get his hands on loose balls and in the passing lanes, and get behind defenders and just take the ball from them.  Bilal Dixon was another bright spot.  He seems to be the new Jon Kale, with his enthusiasm and toughness down low.  The brightest spot was Marshon Brooks.  His 33 points were impressive, but his confidence and control on the court was really good to see… PC will need more of it as the season goes on.

Alright this post is already a little too long, but there was one other serious positive: PC switched up there uniforms.  First they got rid of those terrible button ups from last season, and they also switched over to the Nike jerseys that a lot of other teams are wearing (UNC, Syracuse, Texas).  They look clean and sharp.  They have player names on the back and a swooshing design on the pants.  Our only complaint is that there is no Friar logo anywhere we saw on the pant.  We will try to get pictures of them up as soon as possible.

Last, we wish Merrimack the best of luck this season as they compete for the NE-10 title, and a post-season run.

The annual Mal Brown Scrimmage took place yesterday at Alumni Hall.  The Black Team beat the Silver Team 43 to 32.  For the Black Team Marshon Brooks led in scoring with 18 points.  He was3753554

joined on the team by Brian McKenzie, Bilal Dixon, Vincent Council, Johhnie Lacy, and Kadeem Batts.  The Silver Team was led by freshman Duke Mondy with 11 points.  Russ Permenter, Kyle Wright, James Still, and Luke Burchett, and the walk-ons made up the rest of the Silver Team.  This year the game was shortened to only one 20 minute half.  Neither Greedy Peterson or Sharaud Curry played in the scrimmage due to minor injuries.  They both practiced on Friday but were held out as a precautionary measure.  Keno Davis coached the Black Team and Rodell

imagesWe had been waiting quite some time to see all the newcomers out on the court, but went to the scrimmage unsure of what we’d see.  Now before we say anything we understand that it is only one week into practice, and that it is practically a whole new team out there.  The scrimmage was less than impressive.  Marshon Brooks played very well, which of course is a great sign because we will need him to be a major contributer this year, but after Marshon the performances were lackluster.  It just seemed as though nobody could find any sort of consistent shot, which for a team that relies on threes isn’t a great sign.  Also it was really weird not seeing the usual crew suit up.  No Weyinmi, or Geoff, or Jon Kale… it was weird.

Out of all the newcomers, the two that we thought were most impressive were Vincent Council and Duke Mondy.  Duke led the Silver Team in scoring and really controlled the team.  His outside shot looked good and he looked confident.  Vincent Council, PC’s highest ranked recruit this year, also looked good.  He was as advertised.  A more than capable guard with exceptional speed, quickness, and ball handling skills.  He needs to work on his scoring game, but his defense was the best on the floor.  He had a number of steals, that were just pain taking the ball from his man.  For a team that lacked defense last year, he will be a nice addition.  Kyle Wright also looked good out on the floor and so did James Still, although he needs to add on to his frame before he can be a contributor to the team down low.

So this years Mal Brown Scrimmage was very interesting, but left a lot of room for improvement.  But, two probable starters in Greedy Peterson and Sharaud Curry did not play, so maybe with them in the lineup things might have looked different (especially sense, word is that Greedy has been great in practice).  Either way the facts are this: this is a brand new team leaving a lot of unknowns.  There is going to have to be an adjustment period, we can only hope that it isn’t too long.  the early part of the schedule should be good warm-ups for the team, but looking around at the logos of the other Big East teams in Alumni Hall, it was clear that we have work to do before we can think about playing the likes of UConn, Syracuse, West Virginia, etc.  But this is a new start for the Friars, and hopefully it is the start of good times.  There is a lot of talent on this team.