MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Ryan Gomes scored 24 points and grabbed
eight rebounds Thursday night to lead Providence to a 72-59 victory
Gomes, the preseason Big East Player of the Year, shot 50
percent from the floor, including three 3-pointers, as the Friars
(7-4) won their second straight and third in the past four games.
Meanwhile, Memphis' woes continued as the Tigers (6-6) lost
their fourth game in five attempts. It was the Tigers' third home
loss of the season, the first time since the 2000-01 season -- coach
John Calipari's first year -- that Memphis has lost three at home in
Rodney Carney led Memphis with 22 points, despite being hampered
by an ankle injury suffered in practice Wednesday. Sean Banks, who
started for Carney, finished with 17, but was 5-of-18 from the
floor, part of a 33 percent shooting night for the Tigers,
including 21 percent in the second half.
The game was played before a sparse crowd due to a winter storm
that hit the area Wednesday. Memphis officials, who estimated the
crowd at 2,500, invited all the fans to sit in the lower level of
Memphis had a couple of second-half rallies, including a 9-0 run
early in the half, but could never overcome Providence. They cut it
to 46-45 at the end of the run and got within three twice.
But the Friars turned back the Tigers with their own flurries.
The final one came with Gomes sparking an 11-0 streak, running the
advantage back to 66-52 with 4:18 left. Memphis never got the
Providence lead under double digits the rest of the way.