Marquette Uses Strong Fourth Quarter To Defeat Friars, 77-60

Jan. 10, 2018

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College fell to #RV/RV Marquette, 77-60, on Jan. 10 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. The Friars trailed by just five points (55-50) with 8:31 remaining in regulation, but the Golden Eagles out-scored Providence 22-10 down the stretch to take the victory. Marquette improved to 11-5, and remains the only unbeaten team in the BIG EAST (5-0). Providence dropped to 8-10 (1-5 BIG EAST).

The Friars shot 66.7-percent (8-12), including 80-percent from three-point territory (4-5) in the first quarter to mount a seven-point lead (20-13) after the first 10 minutes of action. Jovana Nogic (Belgrade, Serbia) led the way with 10 points on 4-5 shooting and was 2-2 from beyond the arc. On her first shot attempt of the game at the 8:30 mark, she drained a three and became the 34th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone.

In the second quarter, Marquette took its first lead (26-25) with 6:55 on the clock. The Golden Eagles out-scored the Friars 24-10 in the frame, as the Friars went without a made field goal for the final 8:15 of play. However, Providence still remained within striking distance heading into halftime, trailing by seven (37-30).

Providence battled in the third quarter to get within three (48-45) with 2:13 remaining. Marquette used a 6-3 edge in the scoring column to close the quarter and take a 55-48 advantage into the final 10 minutes and followed with a decisive offensive effort in the fourth quarter to take the win.

A key factor in the game was turnovers. Providence committed 24 miscues and the Golden Eagles benefited by outscoring the Friars 27-10 in points off turnovers.

The Friars held their ground on the boards, as the two teams each hauled in 36 rebounds.

Nogic finished the night with a game-high 24 points. Freshman Chanell Williams (Bronx, N.Y.) chipped in 11 points, six rebounds, three assists and a career-high five steals. Junior Ny-Asia Franklin (East Orange, N.J.) contributed nine points, seven rebounds and two steals.

The Friars return to action on Saturday, Jan. 13 against BIG EAST foe Creighton in Omaha, Neb. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m. (ET) at D.J. Sokol Arena and the game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports Go.




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