Jan. 31, 1998
Jamel Thomas was held to 11 points vs. Seton Hall.
Seton Hall Stops Providence
PROVIDENCE, R.I.-What did the Providence College Friars ever do to Seton Hall's Levell Sanders? Whatever it was, the Friars pay for it everytime PC faces Seton Hall. Luckily for the Friars, Sanders is a senior and will face the Friars just once more this season.
On Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd of 12,993, Sanders did it again, scoring a game high 21 points while adding four rebounds and four assists. Backcourt mate, Shaheeh Holloway added 13 and forward Rimas Kaukenas added 12 in the 68-56 Seton Hall win.
Sanders was 6-for-11 from the floor including 5-for-9 from three-point land and 4-for-4 from the foul line as his long bombs kept Seton Hall in the game early and blew open a close game in the second half.
Despite a lackluster effort, the Providence led 34-31 at the half in a half where they led by as many as seven and could have broken the game open except for the long range shooting of Seton Hall. PC got strong first half's from Ben Perkins (8 points), Justin Farley (7 points, three assists) and Kendrick Moore (6 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists), but the Friars couldn't shake Seton Hall who shot just 36.7% in the first half.
Farley upped the PC lead to 36-31 with 12-foot jumper to start the second half. From there, Seton Hall went on a 19-3 run that broke open the game giving them a 50-39 lead with 11:40 left in the game. Sanders and Holloway erased the five-point lead with three consecutive three-pointers and Duane Jordan scored five of his seven points in the run.
PC would never recover as the Friars only scored their 10th point of the half on a Perkins' dunk with 3:28 left in the game. Jamel Thomas equalled his season worst with 11 points. Kendrick Moore also scored 11 and had a team high six rebounds. Perkins was also in double figures with ten points in a game in which PC equalled its season low with just 56 points.
On the night, the Friars shot 43.6% (24-55) to Seton Hall's 40.7% (22-54). PC also outrebounded the Pirates by a 37-30 margin.
The loss drops PC to 8-11 overall and 3-7 in BIG EAST play while Seton Hall is now 11-11 and 4-6 in league play.
The Friars return to action on Wednesday, February 4th when they travel to Miami to face the Hurricanes in a 7:30 p.m. game from the Miami Arena.
...Jamel Thomas' previous low was 11 points against Pittsburgh....Kendrick Moore dished out team best six assists and six rebounds...Seton Hall made ten of 25 three-point tries. The ten threes were the most made against the Friars this season....The sellout crowd of 12,993 was the Friars' first this season...PC came into the game making 71.8% of its free throws, but was four-for 12 (33.3%) for the game...PC has now dropped four in a row to the Pirates and ten of the last 13 meetings...