PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Donnie McGrath tied an NCAA record for three-point field goals without a miss, going 9-for-9 for a career-high 27 points and Ryan Gomes added 20 points, helping Providence end a seven-game losing streak with a 98-79 win over Virginia Wednesday night.
McGrath was one 3-pointer short of the school record, set by Donta Wade on Dec. 23, 2000 against Notre Dame. He shares the NCAA record with Evansville's Markus Wilson (9-for-9 vs. Tennessee-Martin on Nov. 18, 1998), and Old Dominion's Mark Poag (vs. VMI on Nov. 25, 1997).
Gomes, held to five points in the first half, scored nine of
Providence's first 11 after halftime.
Devin Smith led Virginia (10-9) with 24 points. The Cavaliers
have lost seven of eight, while Providence remains winless in the Big East.
Providence hit its first seven shots of the second half, taking
a 61-51 lead on McGrath's 3-pointer with 14:28 to play.
After McGrath's sixth 3-pointer made it 66-56, the Cavaliers
scored the next seven points, closing the gap to three on Gary
Forbes' layup with 8:14 to play.
With the Friars still holding a three-point lead, McGrath hit
consecutive 3-pointers, 17 seconds apart, to make it 74-65 with
The win spoiled the return of former Providence coach Pete
Gillen, who coached the Friars from 1994-98 and led them to the
Elite Eight in 1997.
The Friars led 40-39 at the half.