MEN FALL IN CLOSE ONE
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- John Williamson scored a team-high 15 points, but the University of Cincinnati fell 71-70 at Providence on Tuesday night. PC's Sharaud Curry made a foul shot with 14.2 seconds left to give the home team the deciding advantage in the game.
Curry, who had a game-high 24 points, made 8 of 13 shots overall and 5 of 8 three-point attempts. Friars center Herbert Hill, who had 16 points and 11 rebounds, forced Willamson to attempt a difficult shot before the buzzer.
Cincinnati had taken its biggest lead, 70-62, at 1:44 on a putback by Cedric McGowan. The Bearcats then missed the first of two straight opportunities at the foul line and Curry scored all nine Friar points in the remaining time, including consecutive 3-pointers.
Cincinnati (10-13, 1-8 Big East)scored 26 points off 16 Providence turnovers and shut down the Friars' 3-point shooting for much of the second half.
Providence (15-7, 5-4 Big East) made 7 of its first 11 3-point attempts including two each by Efejuku, McDermott and Curry in building a 25-19 lead. Williamson scored nine by intermission to tie the score at 38.
BEARCATS HEAT UP WITH BIG EAST WIN OVER
"We just had to find
a way to get our routine in," said UC head coach Laurie Pirtle referring to the
delay. "Every game is so important and every game counts towards making it to
the BIG EAST Championship."
Five UC players scored in double figures, led by Carla Jacobs and Karen Twehues who each poured in 13 points. Jacobs also dished out a game-high seven assists. Shelly Bellman and Angel Morgan added 11 points and Michelle Jones had 10. Treasure Humphries pulled in a career-high 10 rebounds and added six assists.
"This was a good
response. The team played really well together," said Pirtle. "It was fun
coaching on the sideline today. I really liked the way we played defense and I
was impressed with the guard play as well."
When the game finally
began, both teams had trouble finding their touch and the first basket wasn't
scored until the 16:57 mark on a Michelle Jones jumper. That sparked a 7-0 run
by the Bearcats. It took the Friars nearly six minutes to scored their first
points, a trey from the hands of Shauna Snyder with 14:43 left on the clock.
Both squads' shooting
was nearly as cold as it was outside. The Bearcats shot 38 percent from the
UC led by as many as
17 (twice) in the second half.
scored nearly half of the Friars' total with 26 points. She also had 10 rebounds
to complete the double-double.
The Bearcats moved up
a spot in the BIG EAST standings with the victory and have a week off before
· Shelly Bellman broke out of her scoring drought with an 11-point performance.
· The Bearcats evened the all-time series, 1-1.
· UC outrebounded the Friars, 41-32, marking the 19th time in 23 games the Bearcats have bested their opponent in that category.
The Friars put up a
30 treys, the most hoisted against the Bearcats this season.
· Treasure Humphries had a double figure rebounding game for the first time in her four-year career. She pulled in a career-high 10 boards.
· The Bearcats had five players score in double figures for the fifth game this season