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PC Gets Beat By Texas A&M

Saturday, March 17, 2018


Ed Cooley

Another year and another disappointment in the NCAA tournament.

The Providence College Friars got beat by the Texas A&M Aggies 73-69 on Friday afternoon in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rodney Bullock led the Friars with 22 points.

Aggies were too big, too tough and too deep.

At the six-minute mark of the second half, the Friars struggled to get good shots off. The Aggies disrupted shots, blocked shots and ran down the court for some easy lay-ups. 

At the 4:12 mark Cooley had to call a timeout ahead of the four-minute TO to stop an Aggie run that pushed the A&M lead to 59-52.

Aggies were on a 9-2 Aggie run.

The Friars were being out-rebounded 20 to 37 at the time of Cooley’s timeout.

The score was tied 50-50 with 8:54 minutes left in the second half on a Cartwright turnaround jumper in the lane — think old school shot.

PC got pounded on the boards, losing that battle 44-26 to the bigger Aggies.

The size difference was just one of the differences:

  • Texas Twang v New England Accent
  • Big 12 against the Small Catholic School Big East
  • Don’t Mess with Texas v Little Rhody

First Half — Missed Opportunities

The game started with Texas A&M turning over the ball — they had 6 turnovers in the first ten minutes and almost all were unforced.  But, at the ten-minute mark of the first half, the Friars only lead by three — a significant missed opportunity.

At the 3:40 mark of the first half, the Friars only lead 24-21.

Aggies Stars

Disappointingly the Friar trailed 28-27 at the half — oh, what could have been.

In the first half, the Friars were one for 9 from three and gave up eight offensive rebounds.

Big Dance Frustration

Cooley has taken to the Friars to five NCAA tournaments, but now has a record of just 1-5.

In 2014, the #11 ranked Friars lost 77-79 to #6 University of North Carolina. In 2015, the #6 ranked Friars were upset by the #11 ranked Dayton Flyers.

Then, in 2016, the Friars beat University of Southern California and then got beat on by #1 ranked UNC 66-85.

And, last year the USC Trojans got revenge on the Friars. Friars lost 71-75.

This year, falling to Texas A&M in the first round.

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