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The Providence Friars hit the road for the second consecutive game, and the result was much like the first. Though Boston College is not nearly in the same stratosphere as the No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats, the same problems presented themselves for the Friars, as they had a poor shooting night from all areas of the floor. Though they had a spirited run at the end of the game, the Friars fell to the Eagles by the score of 69-60. The win for Boston College puts them over the .500 hump at 4-3, and moves the Friars to 6-2 on the season.
PC couldn't keep the duo of Aaron Brown and Olivier Hanlan in check on Friday night. The two combined to score 40 points in Chestnut Hill, with the latter in Hanlan amassing 24 of his own. Hanlan, a native of Quebec, shot 8-for-12 from the field and was a terror for the Friars just about everywhere as he grabbed seven rebounds as well. Brown, a Hackensack, New Jersey native shot 7-for-12 on his own and grabbed seven rebounds too. This went a long way, as BC edged out PC 38-27 in the rebounding department.
3 things we learned
1. Providence must do better on the road. It's not an easy task to ever go into Rupp Arena. That much is certain. But given that a large quantity of Providence fans made the trip to Chestnut Hill, it's disconcerting to see that the Friars did so poorly from a shooting standpoint. After shooting 28.2 percent against the stingy Kentucky defense, the Friars followed that up with a 39.3 percent outing against a defense that's ranked 110th in the country in Adjusted Defensive Efficiency and 133rd in Effective FG% Allowed. They simply have to start getting it going away from the Dunkin Donuts Center because the road tests will only get more difficult.
2. The Friars could not capitalize off their opponent's turnovers. Boston College lost in the turnover battle 14-10, but given the deficit that Providence faced in this game, you wouldn't be able to tell that. BC played a pretty messy game all things considered, but the Friars simply didn't make them pay for it as much as they could have. That's going to have to be a point of emphasis going forward. PC is within the Top 100 in Turnover% from the defensive standpoint, so they can certainly force turnovers with the best of them. Cashing in however was an entirely different story tonight.
3. Providence may live and die by LaDontae Henton's performances this year. For the second straight game, LaDontae Henton was held to under 10 points, as he was only able to score nine against the rival Eagles. This was after a dud against juggernaut Kentucky, where he only amounted three in 34 minutes. The Friars got hearty contributions from Carson Desrosiers and Kris Dunn, who nabbed 15 and 24 points respectively. But Henton's lack of scoring production seems to be plaguing this team quite a bit. Everyone knows he's their best player, and it appears that when he's shut down, this team might be in a muck.