Providence 81, Rutgers 64

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Ryan Gomes scored 22 points while Tuukka
Kotti scored 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting to lead Providence to its
first Big East win of the season, 81-64 over Rutgers on Sunday.

Gomes scored 20 or more points for the 15th time this season
while Donnie McGrath added 17 points, shooting 5-for-7 on
3-pointers, for the Friars (11-13, 1-9).

Ollie Bailey led the Scarlet Knights (8-13, 2-9) with 15 points
and seven rebounds while Ricky Shields and Quincy Douby each had

Shields hit his school-record 243rd career 3-pointer 9:13 into
the first half, surpassing Geoff Billet. He went 3-for-9 on 3s,
giving him 245. Billet had 242 from 1995-1999.

The Friars opened a 48-28 lead on Kotti's three-point play with
16:44 to play, before Rutgers rallied with a 14-4 run, closing the
gap to 10 on Shields' 3-pointer with 12:13 left.

The Friars pushed it back to 59-46, but the Scarlet Knights cut
it to 59-53 on Bailey's turnaround in the lane with just under
eight minutes to play.

Kotti, who also had a career-high 11 rebounds, then hit
consecutive turnaround jumpers and Gomes nailed a 3-pointer and a
short jumper during a 9-2 run as Providence pulled away.

The Friars, who held Rutgers to its second-lowest scoring half
of the season, led 37-22 at halftime. Providence shot 57 percent
(16-of-28) in the first half, while the Scarlet Knights hit just 33
percent (10-of-30).