McDermott leads Providence past BC
Providence, RI (Sports Network) – Geoff McDermott’s 18 points and 16 rebounds,
led the way, as Providence upset 23rd-ranked Boston College, 73-64 at the
Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Sharaud Curry also posted 18 points, Weyinmi Efejuku backed that up with 17 of
his own, and Jonathan Kale added 11 for the Friars (2-1), who got back on
track after a 10-point loss to Brown.
Tyrese Rice picked up 19 points, Jared Dudley added 17, and Sean Marshall
donated 12 for the Eagles (1-2), who have lost two straight. Sean Williams
grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds in a losing cause.
The win is a huge one for Providence, which battled Boston College when both
competed in the Big East Conference until BC’s departure for the ACC in 2005.
The Friars bolted out of the gate on an 11-2 run with 4:19 played, but the
Eagles swung back on a 10-0 run to lead, 12-11 on a pair of Rice free throws.
From that point, each side took turns with the lead until Providence forged
ahead, 27-21 with 4:15 left on an emphatic Herbert Hill dunk.
The Eagles managed to hang tough, drawing even on a Marshall jumper with four
seconds remaining in the half, and went to the locker room tied at 33.
BC briefly took a three-point lead, 44-41 on a Shamari Spears jumper at the
4:58 mark, but that was the only highlight for the Eagles in the second half.
Providence responded with a 14-4 run to open up a 55-48 margin, and the Eagles
could not cut into the lead. Efejuku’s slam with 2:23 left provided the Friars
with a 65-55 advantage, and when Curry sank two from the charity stripe with
39 seconds left, the Friars had their biggest lead of the night, 69-58.
Marquez Haynes’ last-gasp three-pointer with 15 seconds left brought the
Eagles within 71-64, but Providence hit its free throws in the waning seconds
to shore up their second win of the season.
Providence leads the all-time series 56-45, including a 35-15 mark at
home…BC held a 25-24 edge in Big East regular-season meetings…Neither team
shot the ball well, with BC making 23-of-55 (41.8 percent) from the floor,
while Providence was only 28-of-65 (43.1 percent)…Providence won the battle
of the boards as well, 42-31.