PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Providence found its shooting touch and
sent Syracuse searching for answers.
"We had to go back and refocus in the last few days, both
mentally and on the court," Providence coach Tim Welsh. "Our guys
understood it was time to step back up."
Providence (15-5, 6-3 Big East) ended a two-game slide that
included a season-low 46 points against Seton Hall, while Syracuse
(14-5, 4-4) has now lost four of its last five.
"We're just really struggling," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim
said. "For us to get better, we just got to get our offense going
McGrath and Sheiku Kabba each hit two 3-pointers during a 22-7
second-half run, giving Providence a 55-36 lead with less than 11
minutes to play. Providence hit 10 3-pointers for the game, with
McGrath hitting four.
Providence beat Syracuse at home for the first time in seven
Ryan Gomes added 12 points, 8 below his average, as four
Providence starters scored in double figures. Welsh was not
concerned with Gomes' lack of production.
"You look at the numbers again, and it was balance," Welsh
said. "We can't have Ryan get 24, and the rest get 4."
Early in the second half, Syracuse pulled within four points,
33-29, on a 3-pointer by Demetris Nichols, who led the Orangemen
with 17 points.
Providence then went on its winning run that included five
"Sometimes the cure of evils is making shots," Welsh said,
"and we certainly made some."
"We rushed things a little bit," Warrick said. "We missed a
lot of open shots. We threw the ball away."
Syracuse opened with a 6-0 lead, but Providence went on a 15-5
run, then extended its lead to 33-22 at the half.
Douthit also added 11 rebounds.
"Marcus had the look of a big-time player today," Welsh said.
"He worked hard at getting position, and we worked hard at getting
him the ball."
Providence's largest lead was 63-42. Syracuse cut the lead to
67-58 on a 3-pointer by McNamara with 2:23 left before fouling out.
Providence hit four free throws and Dwight Brewington added a
basket down the stretch that made it 74-58.
The Friars shot 42 percent from the field. Syracuse shot 41
percent, and had 16 turnovers.