The Dunkin ‘Donuts Center didn’t quite have the deafening roars of the well-lubricated midday crowd who witnessed Saturday’s victory over Rhode Island, but the building certainly hummed, as the Friars improved their record. non-conference at 9-1, defeating the Vermont Catamounts, 68-58. The story of this one is best told by the two players on the list who have long donned the colors of Friar, Nate Watson and AJ Reeves. Watson and Reeves each recorded twenty-four points on scorching shooting performances and continue to serve as shining examples of why age is so important in the sport of college basketball.
It was a huge ‘turnaround’ game for Nate Watson, who was forced to score in single digits in the team’s previous two outings against Rhode Island and Texan technology. The fifth-year cross was a scorching 10-for-12 on the field while sinking 4-of-5 from the charity strip. The big man also added three boards and three assists. Unlike its predecessors, Vermont had no answer, nor a two-way street, to stop the great man on his way to his stat-stuffing performance.
On the wing, AJ Reeves served as the spark plug, sinking six threes in ten attempts, while also going eight for twelve on the field – tying his pal Watson for the game and the top of the twenty squad. -four points. Reeves also added four assists and a steal to go along with his scorching shot. The elder’s trust was in the spotlight tonight and has helped the Brothers a lot. Overall, Watson and Reeves were responsible for forty-eight of the team’s sixty-eight total points – good for 70%.
Some other notable brother performances of this one; Fifth-year combo guard Al Durham recorded nine points and five cents while still holding the reins of the point guard in the absence of Jared Bynum (Foot). Noah Horchler, although scoreless, has taken ten rebounds and continues to serve as the âglue-guyâ of this veteran Friar team. Justin Minaya also produced valuable twenty-seven minutes and made some opportune defensive play late in the second half.
This game was a âtrick gameâ in every sense of the word. Held at 6:30 p.m. on a Tuesday night after the most difficult week of the non-conference program, it was one the brothers couldn’t afford to lose. The Catamounts certainly scared the Friars, reducing the lead to single digits a few times in the second half, but the Friars were able to maintain a comfortable enough lead to eventually arm their opponents in a ten point loss. Ed Cooley must certainly be happy with this one, as the Brothers await their next opponent in central Connecticut state this Saturday at 2:00 p.m.