7:00 PM ET, February 24, 2009
Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island
Efejuku scores 16 as Providence beats No. 1 team for first time in 33 years
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- All Providence coach Keno Davis wanted was for his team to be part of the conversation about who will be in the NCAA tournament field.They're talking about the Friars now.Weyinmi Efejuku scored 16 points for Providence, which took a 20-point lead and then turned back one last rally by No. 1 Pittsburgh for an 81-73 victory Tuesday night, the school's second win ever over a top-ranked team.The victory greatly improves the at-large resume for the Friars (17-11, 9-7), who are in sixth place in the 16-team Big East, a league considered by most as the toughest in the country.
Not So One-Derful
Life isn't always better at the top. Just ask Pittsburgh. One week after beating UConn to take over the top spot, Pittsburgh suffered its second loss as the No. 1 team in the nation.
|Feb. 16||UConn||No. 4 Pitt||76-68||Jan. 28||Duke||No. 4 Wake||70-68|
|Jan. 21||Wake||Va Tech||78-71||Jan. 17||Pitt||No. 20 L'ville||69-63|
• Providence earned its first win over a No. 1-ranked team since defeating Michigan on Dec. 29, 1976 as the Friars snapped an eight-game losing streak to Pittsburgh.
• Providence forced 18 Pittsburgh turnovers, the second-highest total for the Panthers in a game this season.
• Levance Fields had just three assists, which is the second fewest assists in a game this season for the senior.
-- ESPN research
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||27-58 (.466)||27-55 (.491)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-19 (.368)||5-12 (.417)|
|FT Made-Attempted||12-15 (.800)||22-29 (.759)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||24 (0/0)||15 (0/0)|
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