This story from Friarbasketball.com’s Craig Belhumeur should be printed in the next edition of the Cowl, plastered up on the walls of the Slavin Center, in McPhail’s and all over campus. The excuses have been many for why the students haven’t been showing up for the last few years but everyone always said that at the end of the day, winning will cure all and the kids will show up. Well…
Nice piece by Sean Brennan from BigEast.com with an interview with PC’s Bryce Cotton. This one question basically sums up Cotton’s lack of national attention –
BIGEAST.com: Because Providence has struggled up until last season, and because there are three new basketball audiences in the conference this season with Creighton, Xavier and Butler, might there be a lot of people outside New England that may not know who Bruce Cotton is?
- Watch the Xavier game in it’s entirety compliments of FriarTV:
- Watch highlights of the Xavier game compliments of Fox Sports:
- Post-game Press Conference – Ed Cooley
- Post-game Press Conference – Chris Mack
- Kevin McNamara – Friars thriving in new Big East
- Friarbasketball.com – Kevin Farrahar – Since Nova, Friars Dominating at the Arc
- SI.com – Chris Johnson – Four Point Play: Creighton’s Magical Offense, Bryce Cotton’s incredible play
- #pcbb – Xavier Game Recap
- Jon Rothstein – Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; Cooley Rallies Friars & More
- Syracuse.com – Patrick Stevens – Bracketology
After PC’s comeback win last night at a sold out Schneider Arena, the Friars will look to sweep the weekend series which has now shifted to Tsongas Center at UML.
As I discussed in the keys to the game, Desrosiers would have to come up big today to help Batts out inside and CD really did make his presence known with 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. I believe he was a big key in keeping Semaj Christon out of the lane for much of the day. The other big game today was from LaDontae Henton who finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds despite fouling out with a few minutes left in the game. Bryce Cotton was Bryce Cotton scoring 25 points and dishing 7 assists. I agree with Coach Cooley – “if you tell me a guy in the last month that has played better than him (Cotton) in the country, in the country, I want to know who that is.” I also thought Fortune had some key buckets throughout the game including the 3 and 1 he hit and the slick footwork and adept left handed baby hook to score in the lane. These last 5 games have been nothing short of fun. Some have been more fun during the game (Georgetown and Creighton) than others (SJU, Butler, Xavier) but the results have been fantastic. Now the real tests will come as PC heads out onto the road in 4 of their next 5 contests. The Friars will travel to Milwaukee to take on Marquette on Thursday and then head to Chicago to take on DePaul next Saturday.
Links to Other Recaps
- John Rooke – Friars blow by Xavier, 81-72
- Friarbasketball.com – Friars win their 5th straight
- Kevin McNamara – PC stays on a roll, beats Xavier 82-71 for 5th in a row
- Friars.com – Recap and Boxscore
- Banner on the Parkway – Xavier v. Providence: Boxscore Breakdown
- Sporting News – Cotton, Henton lift Providence over Xavier 81-72
- Cincinatti.com – Xavier defense falters in 81-72 Providence loss
PC has yet to officially offer Tarin Smith but he is one of the best available point guards left in the class of 2014 and comes out of a legendary program, St. Anthony of Jersey City. I’ve been vocal about PC locking this kid down considering the extreme lack of depth at the PG position for next year.
Despite not shooting very well in the first half PC managed to take a 35-31 lead into the break. Ladontae Henton had a huge day finishing with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Carson Desrosiers played really well down low including 5 blocks. And of course Bryce Cotton was Bryce Cotton with 25 points and 7 assists.
Final Score: PC 81 Xavier 72