Gomes leads Friars over No. 4 Huskies
Hartford, CT (Sports Network) – Ryan Gomes collected 26 points and 12 rebounds
to lead Providence over fourth-ranked Connecticut, 66-56, in Big East
Conference action at the Hartford Civic Center.
Shieku Kabba added 10 points for the Friars (13-3, 4-1, Big East), who won
their fifth straight game. It was the first victory in Hartford for Providence
since January 19, 1991.
Emeka Okafor scored 19 points and hauled down 13 boards for the Huskies (15-3,
3-1), who have dropped two of their last three.
The Huskies, who trailed the majority of the game, grabbed a 50-48 edge with
just under nine minutes to play. However, that was their last lead as the
Friars responded with an 18-6 burst to end the game.
“We ran the ball against them and got some easy shots in transition,” said
Providence head coach Tim Welsh.
Kabba drained a three-pointer with 8:09 to play to put Providence ahead,
51-50, and then hit another triple at 5:26 to increase its advantage to four
Ben Gordon cut the deficit to 54-52 for the Huskies with 4:51 left on a layup.
But that was as close as they would get as Chris Anrin came right down court
and made a three to give Providence a 57-52 lead.
UConn won the battle on the glass, 45-32, but turned the ball over 16 times
compared to only six turnovers for Providence.
Donnie McGrath led the Friars with seven assists.
The Friars are 2-1 against ranked teams this season.
Connecticut has won nine of the last 12 meetings in this series to take a
38-23 all-time advantage over Providence. However, Providence has now
taken the last two matchups, including a 76-70 win over UConn at Gampel
Pavilion in Storrs last year.
Gordon wore a protective mask on his face as it was his first game
since undergoing surgery Wednesday on his broken nose.