Jan. 10, 1998

Moore and Farley Lead Friars to First BIG EAST Win

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Kendrick Moore scores 19 points. (File Photo)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - It was a night for the transfers to shine at the Providence Civic Center as juniors Kendrick Moore and Justin Farley, playing in their first seasons at PC combined for 37 points to lead Providence to an 87-77 win over the Pittsburgh Panthers Saturday night.

Moore, who came to Providence via the University of Missouri scored 17 of his career and team high 19 points in the first half to stake the Friars to a 40-30 lead at the half. The Hartford, Connecticut native, battling the effects of the flu was 8-13 from the floor, including 3-7 from behind the three point line.

Farley, playing in his first semester at Providence after a year and a half at Evansville added 18 points on 8-16 shooting and led PC with seven rebounds. The Indianapolis, Indiana native scored six of his 12 second half points after Pitt had come from a 16 point second half deficit to go ahead 61-59 with 7:09 left in the game. After Llewellyn Cole made a pair of free throws to tie the game at 61, Farley picked up six of the next eight points to put PC ahead to stay at 73-65 with just over two minutes left in the game.

John Linehan, who scored a career high 14 points, took over from there as he made eight of his career high 10 free throws to help ice the win. The freshman guard from Chester, Pa. also had nine steals in the game which ties a BIG EAST record. He has now made 26 consecutive free throws. Jamel Thomas was the fourth Friar in double figures as he scored 11 point to put him just one away from 1,000 for his career.

Pittsburgh was led by Isaac Hawkins who scored a game high 22 points with 11 rebounds in 38 minutes of play. Attila Cosby added 16, Jarrett Lockhart had 12 and Ricardo Greer and Vonteego Cummings chipped in 11 points in the loss. Cummings set a BIG EAST record by making 12 turnovers in the game as Pitt made 27 as a team.

Providence shot over 50% for the third time this season and are now 3-0 when they make half or more of their shots. The win improves PC to 6-7 overall, breaking a three-game losing streak and 1-3 in BIG EAST play. The Panthers fall to 6-5 on the season and are also 1-3 in league play.

PC returns to action on Tuesday, January 13th when they travel to Syracuse to face the 18th ranked Orangemen for the second time in less than a week. Syracuse defeated the Friars, 77-59, last Wednesday night in Providence.

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