Jan. 7, 1998
Llewellyn Cole scored 15 points for the Friars. (File Photo)
Syracuse Rolls Past Providence
PROVIDENCE, R.I.--The Providence College Friars ran into a red-hot and experienced Syracuse Orangemen team that took it to the Friars by a 77-59 score at the Providence Civic Center on Wednesday night.
The Orange, ranked 18th by the Associated Press and 19th by USA Today/ESPN were led by senior forward Todd Burgan led four Syracuse players in double figures as he scored a game high 17 points with ten rebounds. He was followed by Marius Janulis with 14 points, Etan Thomas added 13 and Jason Hart 11 as the Orangemen led by as many 27 in the game.
Providence was led by sophomore Llewellyn Cole with 15 points and seven rebounds. Jamel Thomas added 14 while John Linehan scored eight off the bench and Justin Farley scored seven in making his first start as a Friar.
Cold-shooting again hurt the Friars in the first half as they fell behind 41-19 after one stanza. The Friars shot just 19.2 % (5-26) in the first half and were only 28.8% from the floor for the game. Syracuse was 16-30 in the first half on the way to the 22-point lead and shot 47.3% on the night.
The Friars were without the services of freshman forward Ben Perkins who was out with a bruised knee suffered in Monday's loss to Iona. He is listed as day-to-day and the Friars' coaching staff hopes he can return in time for Saturday's game against the University of Pittsburgh.
The win improves Syracuse to 13-1 overall on the season and 4-0 in BIG EAST play while the Friars fall to 5-7 on the season and 0-3 in league play.
The Friars close out this run of four games in eight days on Saturday, January 10th when they host the Pitt Panthers in a 7:30 p.m. game at the Civic Center.