After spending all yesterday stuffing my face the Crier finally gets to reflect on what was a thrilling ending to the Providence victory over Belmont on Wednesday evening. I listened to the majority of the first half on the radio and from the sound of it the game was a brick shooting contest that lacked any sort of flow. The Friars ended the half leading 28-25 and it gave way to a shootout in the second frame. The Friars man-to-man defense was really poor and I think it was because PC was so cognizant of Belmont’s 3pt ability that we overcommitted on defense causing breakdowns. I thought the key moment in the game occurred when Ed Cooley called a timeout with 5 minutes left and PC trailing 53-51 with the ball. At the time the Crier tweeted the following;
After the timeout the Friars actually turned it over and immediately fouled but sure enough on their first defensive possession after the timeout PC switched to a 2-3 zone and it worked. I know what you guys are thinking the Crier is a genius, almost Belichickian of him to snipe the Friars going to a zone out of a TO but I cant take all the praise. The man-to-man was so poor the second half that Cooley really didn’t have a choice. Then the game all came down to Belmont with the ball and the game tied at 63 with shot clock turned off. Belmont ran some great action having Dylan Windler coming off an off-ball screen from Egekeze (Crier yelled for a moving screen) and catching an alley-oop lob from Austin Luke. The one problem was they left too much time on the clock setting up Kyron Cartwright for one last chance….
The shot is unbelievable, it happened not even 48 hours ago and I may have watched it over a hundred times. Shout out to John Rooke and Jim Hassett, who had a fantastic call of the play on WEEI. Shout out to the Belmont Bruins who probably deserve an Oscar for their performance in the role of devastated team. Shout out to Titanic Hoops for putting out their epic rendition of the play. I literally get goosebumps and feel like Leo watching the play from bow of the ship when I watch it. And finally the man who deserves all the credit Kyron Cartwright again delivers in the clutch for the Friars. Thank you Kyron for saving my Thanksgiving!