Dec. 20, 1997

Friars Run Past Loyola Marymount, 89-74

Four Friars Score In Double Figures To Pace Offensive Attack

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Freshman Erron Maxey came off the bench to ignite a 58-point second half outburst as four Friars scored in double figures leading Providence College to an 89-74 win over the Loyola Marymount Lions in a pre-Christmas tilt at the Providence Civic Center.

Maxey played just 17 minutes but scored 19 points, several on spectacular slam dunks, as the Friars opened up a 24-point lead midway through the second half. Fellow freshman Ben Perkins added 16 points, Jamel Thomas had his third double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds while Corey Wright added 11 in the win.

Tim Kennedy came off the bench to lead Loyola Marymount with 18 points. High scoring guard, Haywood Eaddy was held scoreless in the first half, but finished with 13 points. The win improves Providence to 4-3 on the season while the Lions return to California with a 2-8 record.

Both teams struggled in the first half with some poor outside shooting. PC came alive late in the half to shoot 35.5% (11-31) while LMU was just 8-for-33 for a 24.2% shooting mark.

PC went ahead to stay at 16-14 on Jamel Thomas' running hook shot with 9:52 left in the first half. The first half lead would go to 31-23 at the half with Thomas dominating the boards with 11 rebounds.

The second half saw PC put on its running shoes as Pete Gillen's squad put the pressure on the Lions from the opening possession. After trading baskets the first four minutes, the Friars went on a 15-0 run that covered just over five minutes. A 44-37 lead went to 59-37 and the game was in the Friars hands.

Maxey scored 14 points in the second half and Wright added 11 as the Friars forced 13 turnovers in the game. Llewellyn Cole added nine points and Justin Farley had eight off the bench in his second game as a Friar. Cole had six rebounds to go with Farley's five as PC dominated the boards, 43-32.

LMU attempted 30 three-point shots, making eight while PC was just 1-11 from beyond the three-point stripe. The Friars shot 50.8% for the game, their best shooting percentage all season long.

The Friars will now take a short break for Christmas before heading to West Lafayette, Indiana to face the 7th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday, December 27th. Tip-off is 2:00 p.m. on CBS.

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