Jan. 17, 1998

Friars Shooters Fall Short in 63-56 Loss to St. John's

Two Game Winning Streak Snapped by Red Storm

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.--St. John's got 27 points from senior guard Felipe Lopez and took advantage of cold shooting by the Providence College Friars to take a hard fought, 63-56 win from the Friars. Lopez was joined by forward Tyrone Grant and senior Zendon Hamilton who each 11 points in the win.

Jamel Thomas led the Friars with 21 points and freshman John Linehan added 13 as the Friars saw their two game winning streak snapped at home. The loss drops the Friars to 7-8 overall and 2-4 in the BIG EAST while St. John's improves to 12-6 on the year and 4-3 in league play.

Things don't get any easier for the Friars as they travel to Boston College on Tuesday and West Virginia on Saturday afternoon at 12 noon.

The Friars came out sluggish in the first half and trailed by as many as ten points at 16-6 with 12:29 left in the first half. From there though, PC changed defenses and slowly worked its way back into the game going on a 21-10 tear to take a 27-26 lead at the half. After making its first four shots in the first half, St. John's would go six-for-20 over the final 10 minutes of the half. Linehan (11) and Thomas (10) combined for 21 of PC's 27 first half points.

PC had its last lead of the night a 31-30 with 15:29 left in the game when St. John's found its offense. Hamilton scored six of his 11 points and Lopez answered two mini-Friar comebacks with three-pointers and the Red Storm was up, 45-35 with 8:51 left in the second half. The Friars started the second half going just one-for-ten from the floor.

St. John's held onto the lead letting the Friars get within five just once when Justin Farley drained a three to make it49-44 with 7:05 left in the game.

Providence would shoot just 34.8% (16-46) on the day while the Red Storm was going 25-of-44 (56.8%) as they held PC to its lowest point total of the season.

FRIAR NOTES: John Linehan improved his consecutive free throw streak to 33 in a row, going 5-5 in the game....The loss snapped the Friars' four game winning streak against the Red Storm...Jamel Thomas has scored in double figures in every game this season and leads the team in scoring....Felipe Lopez' 27 points were the most scored by anyone against the Friars this season. His 10 field goals were also a season high against the Friars...Ben Perkins returned to the PC lineup and went 0-2 from the floor with one rebound in nine minutes of action....

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