Hill leads Providence past Marquette
Providence, RI (Sports Network) – Herbert Hill posted 23 points, nine rebounds
and seven blocked shots, as Big East Conference play got underway for a pair
of impressive early-season clubs, with the Providence Friars upending the
15th-ranked Marquette Golden Eagles, 74-59, at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Weyinmi Efejuku notched 18 points and 10 boards for Providence (11-3, 1-0 Big
East), which has won five of its last six, with all 11 wins coming at home.
Dwain Williams and Geoff McDermott both added 11 points in the win. McDermott
also dished out 11 assists.
The Friars pulled off the impressive win without points and assists leader
guard Sharaud Curry, who missed his third straight game for a violation of
team rules. Despite Curry’s absence, the Friars never trailed.
Wesley Matthews scored 14 points for Marquette (13-3, 0-1), which had a four-
game winning streak snapped. Dominic James and Lazar Hayward netted 12 points
apiece for the Golden Eagles, who were playing only their second true road
game of the season, and play five of their eight games in the month of January
away from home.
The Golden Eagles were missing their second-leading scorer Jerel McNeal, who
injured his head in practice earlier in the week.
Providence flew out of the gate on a 12-2 run snapped by a David Cubillan trey
with 14:37 remaining, and led 37-28 at halftime.
McDermott converted a three-point play with 9:39 remaining in the second half
for the Friars’ largest lead of the game at 55-41.
Marquette managed to get within nine on a Hayward free throw with just over
five minutes to play, but that was as close as it came to a comeback down the
Providence finished 24-for-48 (50 percent) from the field, compared to 19-
for-61 (31 percent) shooting by the Golden Eagles, who got outrebounded 42-31.
Hill shot 9-for-16 from the field but just 5-of-11 from the free-throw
line…Providence leads the all-time series between these two teams 4-3, but
Marquette claimed victory in the previous meeting, taking an 88-78 decision
from the Friars last March.