Month: February 2013

Friars bounce back with 76-72 win at Rutgers

From here on out, every game for the Friars (15-12, 7-8) is the biggest game of the season. So it’s no surprise that last night’s game at Rutgers (13-13, 4-11) was a huge game for the Friars, particularly because of the demoralizing loss at Syracuse the game before. After trailing 33-23 in the first half, PC rattled off a 19-0 run to end the half, taking a 42-33 lead into halftime. Bryce “ice” Cotton led the way with a game-high 22 points for the Friars. LaDontae Henton recorded PC’s lone double-double with 18 points and 10 boards. Kadeem Batts also chipped in with 14 points, while Vincent Council added 12 points and six assists. Dane Miller led the way for the Scarlet Knights, netting 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting. The Friars remaining schedule includes: vs. St. John’s (3/2), vs. Seton Hall (3/5), and at Connecticut (3/9). All three games are winnable games for the Friars, especially the two home games. The Friars will look to keep up their solid play for these final games, with the hopes of making some noise in the Big East tournament.

one-sided first half leads Syracuse past Friars

The PC Friars (14-12, 6-8) fell to #8 Syracuse (22-4, 10-3) by a score of 84-59 last night at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. In arguably the most important game of the season, the Friars came out and laid an egg in the first half, getting outscored 43-16. James Southerland provided a huge spark off the bench for the Orange, scoring 20 points on 7-for-8 shooting. C.J Fair (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Michael Carter-Williams (15 points, 12 assists) were huge contributors offensively as well, with each compiling double-doubles. A bright spot for the Friars was Vincent Council passing Sherman Douglas’ Big East assist record of 426 in the first half. Council finished with a team-high 15 points and seven assists. LaDontae Henton also chipped in with 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for PC’s lone double-double. Other Friars in double-figures were Kadeem Batts (13 points) and Bryce Cotton (10 points). In addition to being outmatched defensively, the Friars struggled to get a balanced scoring attack, with the rest of the ¬†Friars lineup only adding a combined six points. The Friars will now look to bounce back on Saturday night, when they travel to Piscataway, New Jersey to take on Rutgers at 9pm on ESPNU. This is an extremely winnable game for the Friars and they’ll need a good effort to heal their wounds from last night’s lopsided loss.¬†

Friars travel to Syracuse in search of fifth straight Big East win

PC (14-11, 6-7) will travel to #8 Syracuse (21-4, 9-3) tomorrow night to take on Jim Boeheim’s first place Orange, in search of their fifth straight Big East win. The Friars have been led by Kadeem Batts over their four-game win streak, who has played like a man amongst boys. Bryce Cotton, who continues to lead the Big East in scoring, has also played a crucial role chipping in on the offensive end, along with Vincent Council, who captured the PC all-time assist record last game and could very well pass the Big East assist mark at Syracuse tomorrow night, as he only needs three. Syracuse is led by Michael Carter-Williams (12.6 ppg, 8.0 apg), Brandon Triche (14.9 ppg, 3.7 apg), and C.J. Fair (14.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg). Syracuse is undefeated at home this season, with a 15-0 record. However, PC may be the hottest team in the conference right now, with maybe the exception of Georgetown, and if any team has a legitimate chance to give the Orange their first home loss, it could very well be the Friars.