Furious Comeback By Men's Basketball Ends Just Short As Friars Fall, 109-106, To Seton Hall At BIG EAST Championship

March 9, 2010

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Providence College men's basketball team (12-19, 4-14) was defeated by Seton Hall University (19-11, 9-9) by a score of 109-106 on Tuesday, March 9 in the first round of the 2010 BIG EAST Championship at Madison Square Garden. The Friars mounted an incredible comeback in the contest, cutting a 29-point second-half deficit (76-47) to three (109-106) with under a minute to play. PC had a chance to tie the game on its final possession, but freshman guard Duke Mondy (Grand Rapids, Mich.) could not convert a 3-point attempt as time expired.

The 106 points are the most ever by the Friars at the BIG EAST Tournament, and the 215 combined points in the contest are the most scored in a regulation game in BIG EAST Championship history.

Sophomore forward Jamine Peterson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) paced the Friars with his BIG-EAST leading 16th double-double of the season, recording a career-high 38 points to go with a game-high 16 rebounds. His 38 points is the most ever by a Friar in a BIG EAST game, surpassing Billy Donovan's 34 points on March 6, 1987 against St. John's. Peterson also becomes the first Friars to have 30 points in a game since Weyinmi Efejuku recorded 31 versus Notre Dame on February 21, 2009.

The Friars held an early 11-7 advantage, but a 10-2 run by the Pirates gave Seton Hall a 17-13 lead at the 11:46 mark of the first half. Seton Hall's John Garcia finished strong to give the Pirates a 23-17 advantage, but a 3-point play by sophomore forward Jamine Peterson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) moved the Friars back within three at 25-22 with 8:34 to go in the half. The Pirates' Herb Pope completed a 3-point play of his own to extend Seton Hall's lead to seven and a Eugene Harvey lay-in gave the Hall a 34-25 advantage, part of a 9-2 run by the Pirates. A 3-pointer by Jordan Theodore gave the Pirates a 50-36 lead and a lay-in by Pope gave Seton Hall its largest advantage of the half at 52-36. The team entered intermission ahead, 55-39.

Seton Hall earned its halftime advantage in large part to a 55.0 shooting percentage from the field and 18 points from Pope. Peterson paced the Friars with 13 first-half points.

The Pirates picked up where they left off in the second half, scoring the first eight points of the period to build a 24-point lead at 63-39. A dunk by Pope gave Seton Hall its largest advantage of the game at 76-47 with 13:36 to play in the contest. From there, PC began its sizable comeback.

Down 74-67, the Friars quickly responded with an 8-0 run to move within 21 at 76-55. At the 9:01 mark of the second half, PC cut the Seton Hall lead to 17 at 84-67 on two free throws by freshman guard Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.). A driving lay-in by Council moved the Friars within 15 at 96-81 and with 4:29 left, a 3-pointer by freshman guard Duke Mondy (Grand Rapids, Mich.) pulled the Friars within 10 at 101-91. The furious Friar comeback continued, as a steal and floater in the lane by Council cut the Seton Hall lead to seven (104-97). Two free throws by Mondy moved the Friars within four at 108-104 and a jumper by Council pulled the Friars to within three at 109-106 with eight seconds left. After Jeff Robinson missed both of his free throws for Seton Hall with seven seconds to play, the Friars had a chance to tie the game on their last possession, but Mondy missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

In addition to Peterson's career night, four other Friars scored in double figures. Freshman forward/center Bilal Dixon (Jersey City, N.J.) recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while junior guard/forward Marshon Brooks (Stone Mountain, Ga.) added 15 points. Senior guard Sharaud Curry (Gainesville, Ga.) contributed 14 points, while Council posted 12 points and a team-high six assists.

For the game, the Friars out-rebounded Seton Hall, 47-38, and took 46 shots to the Pirates' 27 in the second half to help fuel the team's comeback.



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