For the first time all season, the Friars(8-3) will have a full bench (minus Ledo) when they make the short trip to Brown University tonight to take on the Bears(3-6). Providence is expected to get Vincent Council back for tonight’s game. It couldn’t have come at a better time,coming off of a horrific loss at Boston College. Bryce Cotton continues to lead the Friars, depositing 33 against the Eagles last week. The Bears should pose no threat to the Friars, who are bigger and more athletic than Brown. Brown is led by Sean McGonagill, who is averaging a team high 38.6 minutes and 15.4 points per game. The Friars should have no problem putting up a double-digit victory tonight. Go Friars!
In arguably the worst loss under Ed Cooley, the Friars (8-3) fell to the BC Eagles (6-5) 71-68. In a game that PC should have taken easily, only Bryce Cotton showed up, scoring 33 of PC’s 68 points. After tying the Eagles 36-36 in the first half, I thought PC would bury BC in the second half, but I was wrong. PC let BC hang around long enough to lose it in the end. Kadeem Batts fouled out with around five minutes left, allowing Ryan Anderson (24 points) to be the difference down the stretch. PC will now face in-state foe Brown University on Friday at 7pm.
The PC Friars (8-2) will travel to Boston College (5-5) tomorrow in a non-conference contest. With the additions of Kris Dunn and Sidiki Johnson, who were key contributors in PC’s win against Colgate on Tuesday night, the Friars have taken on a new identity. Bryce Cotton (20.8) is still the Big East scoring leader and LaDontae Henton and Kadeem Batts have been consistent producers in the Friars lineup. Boston College has struggled so far this season, but they have three scorers averaging in double figures, led by Ryan Anderson (15.2). If the Friars play to their potential, they should have no problem handling BC. Go Friars.
Freshman Kris Dunn didn’t disappoint in his much anticipated debut, compiling seven points and 13 assists, en route to a 79-45 Friar (8-2) victory over Colgate. With his 13 assists, Dunn tied a PC school record for assists by a Freshman. The Big East scoring leader,Bryce Cotton (20.8), led the Friars with a game-high 21 points. Freshman Josh Fortune was efficient from the field, scoring 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting. In his debut, sophomore Sidiki Johnson was also solid, pulling down eight rebounds and blocking three shots. LaDontae Henton posted another double-double, scoring 14 points and collecting 10 boards. With the win, the Friars sent a message to the rest of the Big East that they’re not to be messed with. The Friars will head to Boston College Saturday to take on the Eagles in another non-conference contest.
It’s finally here. The night that PC fans have been waiting for all season. The PC Friars will welcome the debut of New London, Connecticut native Kris Dunn tonight. Dunn will be sure to takeover a good part of the ball handling duties with Vincent Council still sidelined with a hamstring injury. Arizona transfer Sidiki Johnson will also make his debut, adding size for the Friars alongside Kadeem Batts down low. Be sure to follow @pcbballblog on Twitter during the game for updates. Go Friars!
Check out PC commit Brandon Austin in his preparation for his senior season at Imhotep Charter High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (video via Jaime Boyer on Youtube)
The Providence Friars (7-2) will host the Colgate Raiders (3-7) at the Dunkin Donuts Center at 7pm Tuesday night. The Friars have been led by Bryce Cotton, Kadeem Batts, and LaDontae Henton who are all in the top ten in the Big East in scoring. The Friars will welcome the debuts of freshman Kris Dunn and Arizona transfer Sidiki Johnson Tuesday night. The Raiders have lost four straight games and have already dropped games to Big East foes Syracuse and Marquette. Colgate has two scorers averaging double-digit points per game: Murphy Burnatowski (16.2), and Pat Moore (13.7).