Game Recap: A.J. Reeves Shoots the Friars to an OT Win at Boston College, 100-95

Providence Friars (7-2) 100

Boston College Eagles (6-2) 95 OT

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Freshman A.J. Reeves returned to his familiar stomping grounds of Massachusetts and put on a show in front of a large contingent of family and friends…and some NBA Scouts, including Danny Ainge as well.  Reeves shot the Friars to a come from behind win against Boston College, hitting a monster 3-point shot to send the game into overtime at the end of regulation.

The scouts may have come with the intention of checking out BC’s Ky Bowman and PC’s Alpha Diallo, but I bet they left talking about the homegrown sharpshooter, A.J. Reeves.  Reeves finished with 24 points, being joined by Alpha Diallo (15 pts) and Nate Watson (19 pts, 10 rebs) in carrying the young Friars squad to a much need road win and out of conference victory.

It was the Friars first win at Boston College since I was in school back in 2004.  They were previously 1-9 in their last ten trips down to BC.

Game Notes:

  • Where else can you start besides A.J. Reeves.  The stud Freshman has already won 3 of the first 4 Big East Freshman of the Week Awards and is likely on his way to make it 4 out of 5 after this stellar performance.
  • Reeves scored a team-high 24 points on 8-18 shooting, including 4-9 from deep.  Reeves is now averaging 14.9 ppg while shooting 46.9% from three.  Reeves has now scored in double-digits in 6 out of the 9 games this season.
  • That being said, Reeves can also put it on the floor.
  • Even better than his play on the court is Reeves’ maturity and humble nature off the court.  Instead of talking about how he made the huge 3-pointer to send the game into overtime, he talked about how everyone else made that play possible.
  • Nate Watson was pretty much unstoppable in the post.  Every single time that Nate got the ball in the post, I was confident that he was going to score.  Watson scored 19 points on 7-11 shooting and took down a career-high 10 rebounds, securing his first double-double of the season and first of his collegiate career.
  • Watson needs to get his free throw percentage back up around last year’s 70% if he wants to keep getting opportunities to show off his post moves instead of just getting hacked in the future.
  • After what may have been his roughest half of basketball in the 1st half against Boston College, Alpha Diallo showed up big time in the 2nd stanza and overtime.  Diallo was 0-8 in the first half before going 4-9 in the second.
  • When the Friars were in need of must-have buckets, Diallo was there to provide them and in the process get to the line whenever he wanted, hitting 6-7.
  • Diallo eventually fouled out on a grossly miscalled foul on a rebound.
  • The Friars bench poured in 41 points between Watson, White, and Jackson.
  • Maliek White showed why he is getting almost all of the back-up point guard minutes.
  • White was 4-7 from the field for 10 points, handing out a pair of assists, and taking down a pair of rebounds while not turning the ball over a single time in 24 minutes.  Every one of White’s buckets was tough to come by and the Friars needed every one of them.
  • Isaiah “Super Glue” Jackson hit some super clutch free throws down the stretch to help give the Friars the win.  Jackson was 3-6 for 12 points and 5-6 from the line.
  • Providence was just 67.6% from the line on the night, going 23-34.
  • The refs, who were horrendous, calling fouls on basically every possession, particularly down the stretch, called 56 fouls, and awarded 79 free throws in the process.
  • Makai Ashton-Langford only played two minutes but managed to turn the ball over twice in his limited action, while accruing no other stats at all.  Not a good way to earn more minutes in this game that saw 3 different Friars foul out.
  • Jimmy Nichols Jr. didn’t end up fouling out of the game but his early foul trouble limited his playing time significantly.  He did provide Friartown with another one of his signature put-back dunks.
  • Kalif Young HAS to be better from the line.  Young went 0-2 and is now shooting 37.5% from the line this season.  We just needed him to be at 50%, that’s it.
  • David Duke tallied a career-high 9 assists, including the one to A.J. Reeves that he converted into the game-tying three-point shot.
  • Duke also had 9 points before fouling out.
  • The announcers of this game sounded like they were in an underwater cave the entire time and showed basically no energy in a game that was yelling for someone to get excited.  That and they were noticeably pro-BC.  Give me back my FS1 crews.
  • Jordan Chatman, you have a really good chance at making my All-Hate team this year.  The fact that you’re 25 only adds to your chances.  I don’t care how good you played.

Next Up, the Friars stay with the local competition, playing their 3rd game in 7 days, returning to The Dunk to take on UMass on Friday at 7 PM on FS1.

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