(13) Providence 103

(20-5, 11-3 Big East)

St. John's 78

(6-19, 1-13 Big East)

    12:00 PM ET, February 29, 2004

    Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

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    #13PROV 62 41103
    SJU 38 4078

    No. 13 Providence (19-5) at St Johns (6-18) 12:00 pm EST

    NEW YORK (Ticker) -- No. 13 Providence can secure a first-round bye in the Big East Conference tournament when it shoots for its sixth straight win Sunday at Madison Square Garden against depleted St. John's.

    Providence (19-5, 10-3 Big East) currently sits in third place in the Big East standings and the top four receive the coveted byes. The Friars are one game behind first-place Pittsburgh and can move back into a second-place tie with Connecticut.

    Ryan Gomes scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half to go with 12 rebounds on Tuesday as Providence posted a 73-59 victory at Notre Dame in its last game. Rob Sanders added 17 points and five steals.

    The last time Providence had a bye was in the 2000-01 season, also the last time it reached the NCAA Tournament. The Friars must avoid the temptation of looking ahead to Tuesday's showdown at home against Pittsburgh.

    St. John's (6-18, 1-12) has only five available scholarship players due to the scandal at a suburban Pittsburgh nightclub on the morning of February 5 that led to the dismissal of a number of players. It has been a rocky season for the Red Storm, whose problems began when coach Mike Jarvis was fired on December 19.

    Freshman Daryll Hill scored 21 points as St. John's fell to 0-6 against ranked opponents with Tuesday's 71-53 loss to Connecticut. The Red Storm trailed by as many as 30 points.

    Providence has won six straight against St. John's.


    School Info

    Conference Big East Big East
    Nickname Friars Red Storm
    Type Private Private

    2003-04 Season

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