Feb. 4, 1998
Friars Lose Fourth Straight at Miami, 64-54
Junior guard Kendrick Moore scores career-high 21 points
MIAMI, Fla. - The Miami Arena has been a House of Horrors for Providence College Head Coach Pete Gillen in his four seasons at Providence. For the fourth straight season, the Friars have come to Miami, played a hard-fought physical battle with the Hurricanes and left the arena with a loss.
This time, the Hurricanes prevailed, 64-54, in a game that saw the Friars struggle to score once in the first half and again in the second half. Junior guard Kendrick Moore scored a career high 21 points including 15 in the second half and Jamel Thomas added 15, but it wasn't enough.
Miami put four players in double figures with sophomore center Mario Bland leading the way with 15 points. Sixth-year senior Steve Frazier added 13 and junior forward Tim James scored 10 with 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Mike Byars-Dawson came off the bench to score 12 points in the win.
The loss, the Friars fourth in a row, dropped PC to 8-12 overall and 3-8 in BIG EAST play. Miami, now undefeated at home, goes to 15-5 overall and 8-4 in league play.
The Friars jumped out to a 16-10 lead on a Thomas three-pointer at 10:33. That would be PC's last basket until Thomas scored on a layup with 5:13 left in the half. In between (a total of five minutes and 20 seconds), Miami went on a 13-0 run to open up a 23-16 lead. The Friars found their shooting touch again and rallied over the final five minutes to outscore the Hurricanes 15-7 to take a 31-30 halftime lead on John Linehan's three-point shot.
Miami came out to start the second half with an 8-0 run that put them ahead 38-31 at the 17:47 mark. PC would stay in the game on the strength of Moore's shooting as he scored the Friars' first 11 points of the half. The next Friar to score would be Corey Wright as his driving layup with 7:56 left in the game cut the lead to 50-44. Linehan followed with a 25-foot three-pointer to cut Miami's lead to three at 50-47, but that was as close as the Friars would get. Tim James had a pair of put backs to give Miami a 54-47 lead and Frazier's three with 4:49 left gave Miami a ten-point lead.
Thomas (three-pointer) and Moore (two jumpers) would score PC's final seven points while James added a short jumper and Miami made five of its last six free throws for the final score of 64-54.
The tough, tenacious Miami defense held the Friars to 32.1% shooting (9-28) in the second half and PC shot 38.9% in the game. Miami shot 42.6% (23-54) in the game and outrebounded the Friars by a 41-31 margin.
Providence returns to action on Sunday, February 8th when they travel to Rutgers for a 3:00 p.m. game. The Friars will face Miami again on February 18th in Providence.
Notes:...PC has lost four in a row to the Hurricanes in Miami...The Friars have lost the last three meetings in the series and five of the last six games...The 54 points scored by the Friars is the fewest that PC has scored in a game this season...Jamel Thomas has scored in double figures in a 20 of the Friars' games this season...The Friars' four game losing streak is their longest since a six-game losing streak back in January of 1992...
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