Big East Game #2- St. John’s 67 Providence 65

With Matt’s computer down, I am stepping in for him on posts he’d usually he make.  He will be back on Tuesday.

The Friars fell to the Red Storm last night 67-65 in Providence.  The Friars were down by as much as 10 in the second half and came back to tie the game with less than 2 minutes left. But a wide open Paris Horne buried a three in the corner to put the Red Storm ahead for good with less than 35 seconds left on the clock.  On the Friars ensuing possession, Marshon Brooks was called for an offensive foul when he drove to the rack.

Providence couldn’t stop Dwight Hardy (21 points) or the Red Storm in general as they shot over 50% from the field.  Providence did force 16 turnovers, led by 4 steals from Vincent Council.

The Friars were atrocious from behind the arc shooting 6-21 (28%).  Most of those threes were forced as they went deep into the shot clock on several possessions and were forced to hoist a three to negate a shot clock violation.  My biggest gripe with the offense last night was the lack of movement.  I can’t stand watching 5 guys stand still and pass the ball along the perimeter hoping something opens up.  It just defies logic.  The Friars are at their best when Vincent Council and Marshon Brooks are driving to the paint and kicking to open jump shooters or guys down on the block.

Marshon was solid with 20 points going 8-14 from the field, 4 rebounds, and 3 blocks.  He has really impressed me this season with his leadership qualities and his talent on the floor.  He has really improved from just a season ago.  I would think an NBA team would give him a look in the second round of the draft.

I whole heartedly disagree with Matt’s notion that the Friars are deep this year.  The bench chipped in 12 points last night ( 9 from Duke Mondy).  They shot 4-16 (25%( from the field and turned the ball over 4 times.  The Friars go six deep (Brooks, Council, Gerard Coleman, Bilal Dixon, Kadeem Batts, and Mondy). After that, there hasn’t been much production from the bench players.  In order for the Friars to be competitive in Big East play, there needs to be some form of production from the bench.  Or else the starters are in for a long, tiring season.

NEXT UP: #6 PITTSBURGH AT THE DUNK

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2 Responses

  1. I feel like Keno needs to give the bench more action. They’re only 6 deep because he doesn’t give anyone else play time. He should have taken advantage of the lack of competitive teams they played during the pre-conference season to meld the team together a bit more. I feel like if they depend on Marshon to carry the team for the rest of the season, no one else is going to learn. I was disappointed that Marshon didn’t give Mondy a chance to tie up the game towards the end last night. It seems like the guards have tunnel vision to me.

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