EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Ryan Gomes scored 19 points and
became Providence's all-time leading scorer in the Friars' 67-54
victory over undermanned Seton Hall on Wednesday night.
Gomes added eight rebounds to become the school's fifth player
with 1,000 career rebounds as Providence (12-15, 2-11) snapped a
two-game losing streak and handed Seton Hall (11-13, 3-10) its
third straight loss and sixth in seven games.
The Big East Conference's leading scorer, Gomes broke Jimmy
Walker's 38-year-old school scoring record of 2,045 points, hitting
a 3-pointer from the left wing with 9:14 to play. He finished the
game with 2,048 points and 1,001 rebounds.
Seton Hall's Grant Billmeier had careers-highs of 15 points and
11 rebounds before fouling out with 1:58 to play. Donald Copeland
added 12 and John Allen had 11 for the Pirates, who were without
three key players.
Center Kelly Whitney, the Pirates leading scorer and rebounder,
was suspended before the game for violation of team rules. Freshman
guard Justin Cerasoli was sidelined with an undisclosed injury and
junior guard J.R. Morris is still suspended for academic reasons.
Despite shooting 31.6 percent for the game, Seton Hall came
close to spoiling Gomes' big night, which included 7-of-11 shooting
for the senior.
Down 49-42 after Gomes' record-breaking basket, the Pirates went
on a 10-4 run and drew within 53-52 on a layup by Brian Laing with
5:19 to go.
After DeSean White missed a shot, Copeland rushed the ball
upcourt and worked his way to the basket for what seemed to be an
easy layup. He missed it, though, and that seemed to take the air
out of Seton Hall.
Randall Hanke hit a layup after the Copeland missed and McGrath
sank the first of two clutch 3-pointers with 3:48 to go to put the
Friars up six.
After Billmeier scored on a rebound, Providence closed the game
with a 9-0 run.