Dec. 19, 2007
The Providence College Friars (7-3) held off the Sacred Heart Pioneers, 94-89 Wednesday night at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Three PC players notched season-high points totals.
Junior guard Weyinmi Efejuku (Fresh Meadows, N.Y.) led the Friars with a season-high 22 points and 10 rebounds for his second career double-double. Junior forward Geoff McDermott (New Rochelle, N.Y.) tied a career-high with 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.
Junior center Randall Hanke (New York, N.Y.) pitched in 20 points in his first start of the season, while sophomore guard Brian McKenzie (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 12 points. Junior Sharaud Curry (Gainesville, Ga.) saw his first action of the year and finished with nine points.
The three Friars reached the 20 point plateau for the first time since Feb. 11, 2004 at Villanova.
Sacred Heart fought back to tie the game 67-67 at the 10:22 mark and held a lead at 68-67 with 10:03 remaining. Providence kept the score close and tied it at 71 on a pair of McDermott free throws at 8:33. The Friars stole an inbounds pass and Efejuku fired a feed to McKenzie for an easy layup, giving PC the lead again at 73-71 with 8:19 to play.
Providence finished the game shooting 31-of-59 for 52.5 percent and was 8-of-18 from 3-point range. PC canned seven trifectas in the first half.
Providence fell behind early in the game as Sacred Heart made five of its first six shots. The Friars took the lead at 20-19 following a 3-pointer from Efejuku at the 11:20 mark. A 10-2 run gave PC a 25-19 lead with 8:31 to play before intermission. Providence stretched its lead to a game-high 45-30 advantage and kept the Pioneers down double-digits at the half, 49-38.
PC finished the first half shooting at a 55.6-percent clip and 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) from behind the arc. Hanke made his first start since Feb. 7, 2006 and paced the Friars in the first half with 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Efejuku was 5-of-6 in the opening frame for 13 points.
Sacred Heart entered the game averaging 6.0 3-pointers per game and converted a season-high 12 3-pointers.
There were five ties and 11 lead changes.
The Friars will return to action on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. when they host the Florida State Seminoles at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I.
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