Friars Eliminated From NIT

    Ryan Gomes tries to drive inside against Georgetown.

    Ryan Gomes tries to drive inside against Georgetown.

    March 24, 2003

    Box Score

    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.

    Tony Bethel scored 18 points and Gerald Riley added 11 for Georgetown. Donnie McGrath and Rob Sanders had 10 points each for Providence.

    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.