Dec. 20, 1997

Friars Snap Three Game Losing Streak with 71-69 Win at Canisius

BUFFALO, N.Y - The Providence College Friars used some of their newer players, some of their older players and some of their transfer players to rally from an eight-point second half deficit to pull out a 71-69 win over the Canisius Golden Griffins at the Marine Midland Arena on Saturday night.

One of the newer players, freshman Ben Perkins led the Friars with 18 points. He was followed by returnee, Jamel Thomas who scored 15 and transfers, Kendrick Moore (16 points) and Justin Farley who chipped in 12 points in his first game as a Friar. The win snapped a three game losing streak and improves PC to 3-3 on the season.

Forward Jamie Cammaert led Canisius with 15 points and guards Kevin Thompson and Kevin Worley added 13 and 12 respectively for the Griffs. Canisius falls to 5-3 on the season.

Despite shooting 46.4% (13-28 FG) in the first half, the Friars trailed, 39-34, as Canisius constantly got behind the Friar defense for easy baskets on the way to making 15 of their 30 first half shots.

In the second half, the Friars switched to a zone defense and started to pick up the pace of the game. Down by as many as eight points in the second half, PC trailed 51-45 at the 13:39 mark. The Friars' defensive pressure picked up as PC held Canisius scoreless for close to seven minutes while going on a 12-0 run. Farley converted a pair of layups and nailed a three-pointer at 9:19 to put Providence ahead to stay at 52-51.

A Perkins layup and a three-point shot by Moore gave the Friars a 57-51 lead before Canisius would score again. When Thomas stole an errant pass and went the length of the court for a slam dunk, PC led 67-59 with just 1:29 left and looked like the game was theirs.

Canisius didn't quit. Three-point shots by Jamie Cammaert and Mike McCarthy cut the lead to one at 70-69 with seven seconds left. Perkins closed out the scoring by making one of two free throws and PC ran out the clock for the win.

Farley played 26 minutes in his first game at Providence after transferring from Evansville last January. He was 5-8 FG, 1-2 3PT, 1-2 FT for his 12 points. He also added four rebounds. PC shot a season best 47.5% from the floor (28-59 FG). The Friars outrebounded Canisius, 37-32, with 19 rebounds coming on the offensive boards.

Providence returns to action on Tuesday, December 23rd when they host Loyola Marymount at the Providence Civic Center. Game time is 7:35 p.m.

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