Monday, December 14, 2009

Huskies Drop Third Straight

The Huskies fell to URI 79-76 on Wednesday night, their third straight loss. In the past three games, the Huskies have lost by a combined 9 points.

This game was different for the Huskies. Coach Coen felt like the team competed more and played much better than in the previous two losses. Chaisson Allen certainly played better, scoring 20 points while shooting 6 of 9 from three. Matt Janning scored 21 points, and Manny Adako scored 14 and grabbed 7 rebounds. Nkem Ojougboh was quiet for the Huskies, scoring only 2 points.

It was an emotional night for everyone, as coach Coen and assistant coach Antonio Reynolds-Dean returned to Rhode Island. Coen spent 8 years in Rhode Island, while Reynolds-Dean returned back to Rhode Island for the first time since his playing days with the Rams. Coach Dean was the captain of the Rams squad that reached the Elite Eight, and also is the schools all-time leader in rebounds. It was emotional for the players as well, dropping yet another close game. With finals week upon us now, the Huskies will have these close losses to think about until they take the court again on December 22nd in Hawaii against Saint Mary's. Maybe the beautiful island of Hawaii will be where the Huskies finally break out.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Huskies Fall Short Against Drexel

The Huskies opened up CAA play with a 49-47 loss at Drexel. This drops the Huskies to 2-4, 0-1 in conference play.

For the first time this season, Manny Adako was not in foul trouble in the first half. However, Adako only managed 8 points. Nkem Ojougboh added 10 points, but all came in the first half. The Huskies are not getting much offense from the inside, and the guards are struggling to find their shooting touch. Chaisson Allen's struggles continued, as the junior guard scored 6 points while only having 1 assist to his 3 turnovers. Matt Janning scored 17, 13 in the second half. Janning only took one three-pointer all day, and made it. He shot 6-11 from the floor.

Despite their cold shooting and 2 second half points from their big men, the Huskies had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds. But Nkem Ojougboh missed an open jumper, Brian McDonald was inserted into the lineup when Allen fouled out and grabbed an offensive rebound. Janning attempted an up-and-under jumpshot that banked off the glass and the front rim, and fell off to give the Dragons the win.

Up next will be a road trip to Rhode Island to take on the Rams at the Ryan Center on Thursday night. The Huskies and Rams will tip-off at 7 p.m. on Cox Sports Television. Rhode Island is coming off of a 4 point victory over Providence, and has beaten the Huskies two years in a row.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

End Of The Semester, But Not The Blog

I started this blog before my Online Journalism class, and I will continue it after as well. As I mentioned before in another post, I have been taking an Online Journalism course this semester. Part of that course involves doing my blog. This semester I have been discovering new features of this blog that I have now mastered. Without this course it would not have been possible. I also learned a lot about promoting my blog and taking full advantage of the free internet resources that can help my blog as well. This will be my last assignment for the class. Professor Matson, thank you for all of your help, advice, and patience.

Chaisson Allen Student-Athlete Of The Week

Chaisson Allen had a big week on the court, and was awarded for it. Allen received the Student-Athlete of the Week at Northeastern. This is the icing on the cake for Allen after his halfcourt buzzer beater. Hopefully he will be one of many on this team to win the award.

Friars Hold On Despite Huskies Comeback

Providence hit shots from everywhere, shooting 56.4 percent from the field, in a 70-66 win against the Huskies at Matthews Arena on Tuesday night.

Down 13 points with 5 minutes to play, the Huskies still had a chance to win in the final seconds. Trailing 74-72 the Huskies defended the Friars with 1 second left on the shot clock. Jamine Peterson caught the ball and floated it into the basket. But the Huskies still had a chance. The play was drawn out and executed perfectly. Down 76-72, the Huskies had the ball and Manny Adako made a perfect backdoor pass to Chaisson Allen who was open for a layup, but missed it. After a halfcourt buzzer beater, the basketball gods took one away from Allen this time. With that, the Huskies lost 76-72 in front of arguably the biggest crowd at Matthews Arena they have played in front of in their career.

The Friars returned the favor this year, after losing a four point game to the Huskies on their home floor last season. All night long the Friars hit tough, contested shots. While the Huskies struggled, and could not dig themselves out of the hole they created. Matt Janning led the Huskies with 18 points, Manny Adako scored 14, and Nkem Ojougboh recorded a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds along with 4 monster blocks(seriously).

Non-conference play is far from over, but the REAL season starts on Saturday when the Huskies open up CAA League play at Drexel. Check back Friday for the Drexel preview.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Whiteout Tonight At Matthews

The Huskies will take on the Providence Friars tonight at 7 p.m. at Matthews Arena. You can catch the game live on, or if you are a Cox Cable subscriber. The guys made a video for tonight, check it out.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Allen Hits Half-Court Buzzer Beater

Chaisson Allen was in the gym shooting at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, but I guarantee you the shot he hit was not one he practiced.Allen hit a half-court buzzer beater to give the Huskies a hard fought 70-67 victory.

Chase grabbed the rebound with 4 seconds left, dribbled four times, and let it fly. It seemed like the ball hung up in the air forever then dropped. The bench erupted and stormed the floor in pursuit of Allen. Paws, the mascot, got trampled in the process(which may have been equally as entertaining as the shot). Here's the video of the play everyone is talking about.

The Huskies came out flat in the first half, and trailed by 14 early on. After a late 17-7 run to close the half, they gained the momentum back and settled in. In the Raiders final posession, Vaughn Duggins ran down the clock and went one on one with Matt Janning who played him tough, and missed the jumper. Both teams really played hard, and the Raiders were the best team the Huskies have played thus far for sure. They were the disciplined team that the Huskies heard about from coach Coen all week.

Allen led the game with 21 points, while grabbing 8 rebounds and dishing 6 assists. Like I said, as Chaisson Allen goes, so go the Huskies. And Allen had 6 assists to only 1 turnover, which translated to a Huskies victory. Matt Janning had 15 points and 4 rebounds and Manny Adako scored in double figures for the first time this season, scoring 11 points. Adako and Ojougboh again got into foul trouble early, mainly Adako. But the Huskies won the battle of the boards 32-23. They also shot 83 percent from the free-throw line, a vast improvement from last game.

Tuesday night the Providence Friars come into town, the first Big East team to play on the Huskies home floor in 24 years. The Huskies beat the Friars last year in Providence, and the Friars surely will have that fresh on their minds coming into Tuesday night's game. The "White Out" will be in effect, so make sure you wear your white Huskies gear. The first 500 students will receive a free "N-Zone" t-shirt.