Providence knocks off No. 22 West Virginia
Providence, RI (Sports Network) – Joe Alexander missed a wide open three for a
tie with 14.5 seconds left then Herbert Hill iced the tournament resume-
building victory with a breakaway slam, as Providence downed No. 22 West
Virginia, 64-61, at Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Holding a slim 60-56 lead with just over one minute left, Sharaud Curry tossed
a deft alley-oop to Hill for a lay-in and a six-point edge. Joe Alexander then
converted a three-point play to make it a one-score game with 40 seconds to
After a Curry turnover, Alexander had a chance to tie, but failed to convert.
Da’Sean Butler did drain two free throws to pull the Mountaineers within one
with nine seconds left, but a failed press and attempt to foul resulted in
While not a factor in the frantic final minute, Weyinmi Efejuku led Providence
(17-9, 7-6 Big East) with 24 points and seven rebounds. Hill donated 12
points, while Jonathan Kale added nine points and nine rebounds.
Frank Young and Darris Nichols donated 14 points apiece and Alexander had 11
points and eight rebounds for West Virginia (20-7, 8-6), which saw its four-
game winning streak in the series snapped.
The Mountaineers led by five at the half and quickly took a nine-point edge,
34-25, on back-to-back layups from Rob Summers and Alexander.
Providence scored nine straight points nearing the midway point of the second
half, capped by Kane’s lay-in, to take a 41-39 advantage. The game remained
close the rest of the way.
The all-time series is squared at 10-10…The victory was Providence’s first
over a ranked opponent since a conference-opening victory against
Marquette…The Friars improved to 16-2 at home, while West Virginia dropped
to 3-5 on the road…The Mountaineers shot just 37 percent from the floor and
went to the free throw line just six times…Providence continued its season-
long domination on the glass, outrebounding West Virginia, 41-33.