Cavaliers Fall To Friars, 98-79
Feb. 2, 2005
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Donnie McGrath hit all nine of his 3-point attemptsfor a career-high 27 points and Ryan Gomes added 20 points, helping Providenceend a seven-game losing streak with a 98-79 win over Virginia Wednesday night.
McGrath was one 3-pointer short of the school record, set by Donta Wade onDec. 23, 2000 against Notre Dame.
Dwight Brewington had 17 and Tuukka Kotti 15 for Providence (10-11).
Gomes, held to five points in the first half, scored nine of Providence’sfirst 11 after halftime.
Devin Smith led Virginia (10-9) with 24 points. The Cavaliers have lostseven of eight, while Providence remains winless in the Big East.
Providence hit its first seven shots of the second half, taking a 61-51 leadon McGrath’s 3-pointer with 14:28 to play.
After McGrath’s sixth 3-pointer made it 66-56, the Cavaliers scored the nextseven points, closing the gap to three on Gary Forbes’ layup with 8:14 to play.
With the Friars still holding a three-point lead, McGrath hit consecutive3-pointers, 17 seconds apart, to make it 74-65 with 6:41 left.
The win spoiled the return of former Providence coach Pete Gillen, whocoached the Friars from 1994-98 and led them to the Elite Eight in 1997.
The Friars led 40-39 at the half.