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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team (12-14, 4-10 BIG EAST) was defeated by No. 8/8 West Virginia University (20-5, 9-4 BIG EAST) by the score of 88-74 on Wednesday, February 17 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The Friars used a 10-2 at the beginning of the second half to close the Mountaineers lead to six (48-42), but that was as close as they would get.
Sophomore forward Jamine Peterson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the Friars with his league-leading 14th double-double and 13th 20-point output of the season, posting 20 points and 15 rebounds. Peterson's 14 double-doubles is the most by a Friar since Herbert Hill recorded 14 during the 2006-07 season.
The Mountaineers scored 25 of the game's first 29 points to hold a 21-point lead (25-4) at the 12:08 mark of the first half. After scoring at the 17:43 mark of the first half, Providence could not find the basket for the next seven minutes of action. A 9-3 run by the Friars moved the team back within 15 at 28-13, but West Virginia responded with an 8-2 run to move back ahead by 21 at 36-15 with 5:31 to go in the half. The Mountaineers entered intermission holding a 46-28 advantage.
The Friars were hurt by their slow start and a half in which West Virginia shot 52.9 percent (18-34) from the field and posted 28 points in the paint to the Friars' eight. Peterson led Providence with 10 first-half points.
The Friars surged into the second half by scoring 10 of the first 12 points of the stanza to move within six at 48-42 at the 16:38 mark. The run was fueled by five points each from Peterson and freshman guard Duke Mondy (Grand Rapids, Mich.). PC could not move any closer and West Virginia answered with a 9-0 run to extend the lead back to 15 at 57-42. Two-consecutive 3-pointers by junior guard/forward Marshon Brooks (Stone Mountain, Ga.) cut the WVU lead to 11 at 66-55 with 7:31 to play and PC moved within 10 at 71-61 on a triple by Peterson. The Friars could not cut into the Mountaineer lead any further for the remainder of the game.
PC shot a much improved 48.4 percent (15-31) from the field in the second half, including an 8-for-13 mark (61.5 percent) from beyond the arc. Freshman guard Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 13 points and seven assists to pace the Friars for the point, while senior guard Brian McKenzie (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Brooks posted 13 points each.
The Friars return to action on Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. ET against the No. 5/5 Syracuse Orange at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Tickets can be purchased by visiting Friars.com or by calling (401) 865-GOPC.