Nov. 12, 1997

Friars Close Out Preseason With 72-58 Win Over Around The World All-Stars

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Jamel Thomas scored a game high 24 points and Llewellyn Cole and John Linehan added 15 and 13 respectively to lead the Providence College Friars to a 72-58 preseason win over the Around The World All-Stars Wednesday night at the Providence Civic Center. The Friars outscored the All-Stars 17-2 over the final 3:09 to give PC its second preseason win.

The All-Stars were led by Ori Ichaki from Israel with 12 points and Muratcan Guler of Turkey added 11 points. Constantin Tsartsaris of Greece led all rebounders with nine in the game. The All-Stars move on to play Rutgers and Fairleigh Dickinson to close out their preseason tour.

Providence jumped out to an 16-point lead at 33-17 with 5:48 left in the first half. Jamel Thomas had the hot hand early and finished with 17 first half points (7-10 FG, 2-2PT, 1-2 FT). After an All-Stars timeout, the Friars went cold and scored just six more points in the first half for a 39-33 lead at the break.

PC stayed cold in the second half making just eight field goals and actually trailed 56-55 with 3:09 left when the Friars' pressure started forcing mistakes. Following a Cole layup that gave the Friars the lead for good at 57-56, Linehan and freshman center T.J. McKenzie sealed the win with four free throws each and McKenzie pulled down three big late rebounds. The 6-10 center scored four points and added six second half rebounds in just 14 minutes of playing time. Linehan had four assists and five steals off the bench.

For the game, PC shot just 41.8% (23-55) including 30.8% in the second half. The Friars were outrebounded in the game by a 31-30 margin and forced 21 turnovers to just 11 of their own.

The preseason is over for Providence as they open the 1997-98 regular season on Tuesday, November 18th when the Friars host the University of Vermont. Game time at the Providence Civic Center is 7:30 p.m.

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