Sunday, March 23, 2003

NIT: Providence tops College of Charleston



The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Rob Sanders scored a career-high 20 points and Ryan Gomes added 19 to lead Providence past College of Charleston 69-64 in a second-round NIT game Saturday night.

The Friars (18-13) will host Georgetown (16-14) on Monday night.

Tony Mitchell scored 13 points to lead Charleston (25-8).

Sanders and Gomes shot a combined 18-of-25 from the field (72 percent), and they teamed for 15 rebounds.

They each made their first four shots, and the Friars jumped to a 20-16 lead.

But the Cougars rallied to take a 35-34 advantage into the halftime break, thanks to a 3-pointer by Troy Wheless with 1 second remaining in the first half.

The teams exchanged the lead once early in the second half before the Friars surged ahead by seven points.

But the Cougars fought back in the next 1:27 on two 3-pointers to tie the score at 47-all.

Providence regained the lead and extended it to as much as 64-56 with 3:37 left, on Sheiku Kabba's two free throws.

The Friars made four free throws the rest of the way to seal the victory.




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