Providence 76, DePaul 75

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Randall Hanke led the way with 19 points
and Donnie McGrath had 16, including the go-ahead basket with 40
seconds to play, as Providence won its first Big East game of the
year 76-75 over DePaul on Saturday night.

Sam Mejia had a game-high 30 points, including 20 in the second
half, for DePaul (8-9, 1-5), and Draelon Burns had 13.

McGrath hit an 18-foot fadeaway with 40 seconds left to put the
Friars ahead 74-72. The Blue Demons were called for an offensive
foul on their next possession, and then fouled Weynimi Efejuku, who
sank two free throws with 7.7 seconds left to clinch the game.

Mejia hit a 3-pointer for the final score.

The Friars (8-8, 1-4) led by as many as nine in the second half,
but DePaul went on a 17-5 run for a 72-68 lead with two minutes
left. Herbert Hill made a basket and Sharaud Curry added two free
throws to tie the game. Efejuku had 13 and Hill finished with 12

The Blue Demons took a 16-12 lead in the first half on Lorenzo
Thompson's layup with 12:58 left. But the Friars used a 29-15 run
to take a 41-31 lead at halftime.