Jan. 13, 1998

Providence Upsets No. 15 Syracuse

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Kendrick Moore scored 17 points against Syracuse. (File Photo)

SYRACUSE, N.Y.--What a difference a week makes!! Just six days ago, the Syracuse Orangemen visited Providence and routed the Friars on their home court by a 77-59 score. Tuesday night in Providence, the Friars exacted a little revenge on the 15th-ranked Orangemen.

PC used and 18-0 run to start the game on the way to a 76-64 win over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome, a place that had been a "house of horrors" for previous Providence teams. Junior forward Jamel Thomas led the Friars with 19 points and eight rebounds. He scored the 1,000th point of his career at 18:22 of the first half when his three-pointer gave PC and 8-0 lead.

Junior guard Kendrick Moore added 17 points with seven rebounds and five assists. Llewellyn Cole came off the bench to score 13 points and five rebounds plus four blocked shots. Justion Farley added ten points and five rebounds in the Providence victory.

Jason Hart led Syracuse with 22 points, Ryan Blackwell scored 19 with 10 rebounds and Todd Burgan added ten points for the Orangemen.

The win improved Providence to 7-7 on the year and 2-3 in BIG EAST play. Syracuse is now 14-2 overall and 4-1 in league play.

The Friars' 12-point win was just the second in Syracuse in the first 17 games of the series (2-15 all-time). The win was also just the seventh for Providence in the 41 meetings between the two schools. The last time Providence won in Syracuse was January 20, 1990, an 87-86 buzzer beater.

With the Friars leading 18-0, Syracuse made its first basket on a Ryan Blackwell layup at the 14:01 mark. From that point, the Orange outscored the Friars 28-15 the remainder of the half to cut the lead to 33-28 at the half.

In the second half, Providence upped its lead to 12 with 9:43 left on a pair of Cole free throws. Syracuse's Hart then personally cut the lead to five in the space of 1:22 with a three-point basket, a pair of free throws and a short jumper in the lane, but that was as close as the Orange would get.

The Friars held off the Orange and extended its lead via the foul line. In the final 5:02 of the game, PC made just two layups while adding 12 from the foul line for the final of 76-64.

The win was the Friars' first of the season against nationally-ranked opponents giving PC a 1-3 record against teams ranked in the Top 20. The game also closed out a streak of five games in 11 days for the young Friars, a run of games that saw PC go 2-3.

Providence returns to action on Saturday afternoon when the St. John's Red Storm invades the Civic Center. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.

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