Friars Run Over Northeastern

31-0 over ten minutes… That was the kind of dominating run that hasn't been seen by any Providence College basketball team in many years, no matter the opponent. Providence used that incredible run to put away a talented Northeastern team 92-70 and improve to 4-4 on the season.

Despite getting caught out of defensive position far too much against Jose Juan Barea and the Northeastern Huskies for most of the first half, a switch by Tim Welsh from man to man defense to zone worked wonders in the last 3 minutes of the first half as the Friars began a big run that nearly erased what was an 11 point Northeastern lead which had been largely built on the play making of Barea and good 3pt. shooting by the Huskies.

The Friars came out strong in the second half and continued their run, holding Northeastern scoreless for the first 7 minutes of the second half while scoring at will with a fast breaking transition game. The Friar numbers in the second half demonstrated excellent play on both ends of the floor as Providence scored 56 points, committed only 2 turnovers, and out rebounded the Huskies 51-37 for the game.

An overall team effort was highlighted by the play making of Sharaud Curry (8pts. 7asts.), the explosive scoring and solid rebounding of Randall Hanke (34pts. 12rbs.), Donnie McGrath's shooting (16pts. 1000 in his career), and Geoff McDermott's tough defense and outstanding effort on the back boards. (10pts. 16rbs.)

Are the young Friars discovering a formula for success this season? There is still a lot of room for improvement and the Friars will now need to build on and sustain what they accomplished against Northeastern, especially when it comes to defense and rebounding. Tuesday night's impressive victory over Northeastern shows some evidence that they are at least beginning to play on both ends of the court.

Quotes form Tim Welsh's Press Conference

"…Northeastern stunned us with their quickness early on. Northeastern spreads the floor too well with Barea back there making things happen for us to play man against them. He is a great guard. I challenged our guys at halftime to step it up because I thought we were playing back on our heels on defense. I told them that this is our home court and we need to be the aggressors and go at them."

"…I thought the team executed the zone well in the second half and I thought the run was about great defense, team rebounding, controlling their guards, and running on them… I think we can become a good zone team with our length on the roster."

"…I've told Randall Hanke that he needs to do more than perform on the offensive end. Randall has shown an uncanny ability to put the ball in the basket but he's got to defend and grab at least seven or eight rebounds a game for us this year. I was very pleased with the way he responded in that regard tonight."

"…We must have gone over Northeastern's lob plays on video and in practice at least ten times this week but we obviously had to go over it again at halftime. They got it because the lob wasn't an issue in the second half."

"…the first game after exams is always tough because your practices are hit or miss with the exam schedules. I had a sleepless night before this game because I thought we had a horrible practice yesterday and Northeastern is a good team. The players have a lot on their plate this time of year so you're going to get those bad practice days, but I thought they put forth a good effort tonight."

"…It's all about gaining experience for this team right now. Playing numbers 4 and 5 in the country showed us we can play with anybody when we execute well. I feel there is no question that those tough games helped us here tonight."

"…This was no mop up game the team just played. A lot of other teams are playing mop up games this time of year. This was not one of them. I gave our guys credit in the locker room because it came against a good team. That's what made this very special."

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