Game Recap: Duke and Watson Lead the Friars in a Road Win Over TCU 79-70

Providence Friars 79 (4-2)

TCU Horned Frogs 70 (4-2)

David Duke matched his previous game scoring output, dropping 28 points for the second straight time to lift the Friars on the road over the TCU Horned Frogs in their Big East-Big 12 matchup. Nate Watson was Duke’s counterpart in the winning effort for Providence, scoring 18 points and taking down 8 rebounds.

Per ESPN, Duke (118 points) and Watson (112) have combined to score 51% of Providence’s 447 points this season.

Providence feasted on the defense end, forcing the Horned Frogs to cough up 20 turnovers and converting those opportunities into 26 points.

Game Notes:

  • David Duke was outstanding for the second straight game, pouring in 28 points on 11-19 shooting, including 5-8 from three.
  • Duke not only torched the Horned Frogs with his scoring but also dropped 7 dimes on his way to a complete performance.
  • Big Nate scored 18 points and took down a game-high 8 rebounds with 7 of the 8 coming on the offensive end. Per usual, Watson was extremely efficient, shooting 8-13 from the floor.
  • Nate couldn’t stop slamming home every basketball he touched.
  • Duke and Watson combined for 46 of the 79 points for the Friars, accounting for 58.2% of the team’s total points and 46 of the starter’s 56 points.
  • The Bench Mob Trio (BMT) of Greg Gantt, Ed Croswell, & Jimmy Nichols Jr. were terrific.
  • The three subs combined for some impressive numbers.
    • 10-14 FGs
    • 23 points
    • 6 rebounds
    • 4 assists
    • 4 steals
    • 2 blocks
    • 1 TO
  • My feelings on their combined effort were the same as Ed’s…
  • Even though he isn’t included in BMT, Alyn Breed was very solid as the fourth sub to see the floor for the team, including this beautiful lob to a soaring Duke.
  • 22 assists on 33 baskets vs. 12 turnovers. Loving the hockey assists from the guys and just how unselfish they are all playing.
  • Jared Bynum continues to be the floor general and pass-first point guard that this team has been looking for.
  • Despite missing three more threes and yet to hit a three-pointer on the season, Bynum continues to drop dimes, dishing out 8 helpers to just 1 turnover.
  • Noah Horchler got his first start of the season, replacing Greg Gantt in the starting five. However, Noah only saw 14 minutes of action and scored a single solitary point. Noah was still able to take down 8 boards in his limited time, matching Big Nate for the game-high.
  • For all those haters of Cooley’s Flex Offense…
  • My man Fran knows what he’s talking about…

Next Up, the Friars have a while to wait to play again with a couple of their upcoming opponents (Xavier, UConn, & DePaul) pausing basketball activities due to COVID-19 within their programs. The Friars will travel to Seton Hall to open up their Big East conference schedule on Sunday at 4:30 PM.

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