Feb. 18, 1998
Friars Run Win Streak to Three with 59-57 Win over Miami
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Defense was the name of the game when the Providence College Friars and the Miami Hurricanes hooked up on Wednesday night at the Providence Civic Center. As has been the case all season, PC struggled offensively, battled defensively and pulled out a come-from-behind 59-57 win over the Hurricanes.
Jamel Thomas led the Friars with a game high 21 points while Justin Farley picked up his first career double-double with 16 points and ten rebounds. Kendrick Moore added six clutch points in the final two minutes for the Friars' win. Miami got 13 points from senior Steven Frazier and 11 from senior guard Kevin Norris.
The win, the Friars' third in a row improves PC to 11-13 overall and 6-9 in BIG EAST play. Miami falls to 16-7 and 9-6 in league play as they fight for an NCAA tourney berth.
The Friars trailed 34-29 at the half and were only in the game because of shooting 15-16 from the foul line. The Friars were just six-for-23 (26.1%) from the field in the first half while Miami was shooting 12 of 22 (54.5%). Thomas scored 12 in the half for the Friars including a pair of threes in the final minute of the half to keep the Friars in the game.
The two teams traded hoops over the first three minutes of the second half with Miami leading 41-35 with 17 minutes left in the game. The two teams went cold over the next five minutes as Miami scored the only four points to open a 45-35 lead with 13:05 left in the game.
An Erron Maxey dunk off a great feed from Moore woke the Friars up and they began to battle back. Corey Wright and Thomas nailed three pointers, John Linehan made a pair of free throws and when Farley hit a 12-foot jumper and followed with a layup, PC had a 16-4 run and the lead at 51-49 with 5:29 left in the game.
Miami opened a four point lead on three point bombs by Frazier and Johnny Hemsley at 55-51. Kendrick Moore answered back with a twisting layup and converted the three-point play after being fouled by Frazier to make it 55-54 with2:35 left.
The defenses agains stiffened and the Friars got the ball with under a minute left. Again Moore stepped to the front with a long three pointer to put PC on top 57-55. Thomas added a dunk with 5.1 seconds left and Hemsley closed out the scoring with .3 left on the clock.
For the game, the Friars shot just 32.7% (18-55), but made 18-19 (94.7%) from the charity stripe. PC also held its own on the boards as the Friars grabbed 31 rebounds to the 'Canes 29. PC's defense forced Miami into 20 turnovers on the night.
The Friars return to action on Saturday, February 21st with a noon game at the University of Pittsburgh. The Friars then play at Hartford on Monday night against the Connecticut Huskies.
FRIAR NOTES....The Friars were held to less than 60 points for the 12th time this season. PC is 3-9 in those games....Jamel Thomas has now scored in double figures in all 24 of the Friars' games this season and 28 in a row going back to last year. Thomas and Notre Dame's Pat Garrity are the only players in the BIG EAST to have hit in double figures every game this season....Justin Farley's ten rebounds were a career high....High marks on defense in the game go to Corey Wright and Llewellyn Cole who made outstanding defensive plays especially late in the first half....After losing league games to Boston College, Syracuse, Seton Hall and Miami, the Friars have turned around and won the second meeting against all four teams.
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