Jan. 26, 2004
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence College junior forward Ryan Gomes (Waterbury, Conn.) was named BIG EAST men's basketball Player of the Week on Monday, January 26. For Gomes, who earned Preseason First Team All-BIG EAST honors, it marked the fourth time in his career and third time this season that he received BIG EAST Player of the Week honors. Gomes joins former Friars Eric Murdock (three times in 1991) and Jamel Thomas (four times in 1999) as the only players at Providence to earn BIG EAST Player of the Week three times in one season.
Gomes is second in the BIG EAST in scoring (20.3 ppg), fourth in rebounding (9.8 rpg) and first in free-throw percentage (.879).
Gomes, who leads the Friars in scoring (20.3 ppg) and rebounding (9.8 rpg), led Providence to a 3-0 record last week, including a 2-0 mark in BIG EAST action. In the three games, Gomes averaged 19.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.0 steals. He also was a perfect 5-5 from the free-throw line and 6-12 from three-point territory. In the two BIG EAST games, he averaged 26.5 points and 10.0 rebounds. On Monday, January 19, Gomes scored six points, made five steals and collected 12 rebounds in an 89-59 win over Loyola Univ. Chicago at Providence. On Wednesday, January 20, he scored a game-high 27 points, grabbed eight rebounds, registered three steals and was 5-6 from three-point territory in a 62-56 victory against Villanova at Providence. Gomes was an impressive 10-14 from the field in the win. In the team's final game of the week, Gomes led the Friars to their first road win over a top-10 opponent since January 20, 1990 as PC upset fourth-ranked Connecticut, 66-56, on Saturday, January 24 at Hartford, Conn. The win also ended UConn's 19-game unbeaten streak at the Hartford Civic Center. Gomes had a game-high 26 points and 12 rebounds versus the Huskies.
Gomes, who played for three seasons at Wilby High School, is the son of Teresa Gomes and John Brooks.
The Friars, 13-3 (4-1), return to action tonight against Georgetown at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. at 7:30 p.m..