March 24, 2003
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Mike Sweetney scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Georgetown past Providence 67-58 in the second round of the NIT Monday night.
Georgetown (17-14) will play at North Carolina in the quarterfinals Wednesday night. The Tar Heels beat Wyoming 90-74.
Ryan Gomes led Providence (18-14) with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Georgetown's defense shut down the Friars for most of the second half, holding them without a basket for 10 minutes. The Hoyas took a 62-49 lead on Sweetney's dunk with less than two minutes left.
Georgetown held the Friars to 34.5 percent shooting from the field, including 3-of-20 from the 3-point line. The Friars were 15-of-26 from the foul line, despite being in the bonus for the last 12 minutes of the second half.
Georgetown, meanwhile, made 26-of-32 free throws, with Sweetney and Bethel sinking 10 each.
There were nine ties and eight lead changes in the first half, as the teams combined for 26 turnovers - 16 by Georgetown.
Providence led 26-24 at halftime.
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