posted on: Thursday January 28, 2010
Chris Torello ’11 /Sports Staff
The Friars began their Big East odyssey by travelling to South Bend, Ind. and were handed a loss by the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame that was all too similar to their loss at the Dunk last February. The Friars played no perimeter defense and allowed the Irish to shoot 50 percent from behind the arc as they nailed 11 three-point shots during the game. The only good thing that can be said is that the Friars won’t play Notre Dame again this season. Next up was St. John’s on the road. The Friars and Red Storm battled for the lead as the second half progressed, but it would be Sharaud Curry’s 26 points and a 24-5 run over the final 7:53 of the game that gave Providence an impressive 74-59 victory. With the split of their first two conference games, the Friars had done what most had expected, which was to be 1-1 heading into a Jan. 6 conference home-opener against Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals. What was not expected was a halftime lead over the former PC coach after Providence began the game in a 14-0 hole. Though the first half fight was admirable, the Friars just couldn’t maintain their shooting touch and watched Louisville run away with the game, 92-70. The Friars welcomed Rutgers University and put on a show as they lit up the score board and won 94-81. In the game, Jamine Peterson ’12 became only the sixth player in Big East history to record at least 20 points and 20 rebounds, as he scored a career high 29 points and raked in 20 rebounds.