Providence 72, Memphis 59
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)—Ryan Gomes scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds Thursday night to lead Providence to a 72-59 victory over Memphis.
Gomes, the preseason Big East Player of the Year, shot 50 percent from the floor, including three 3-pointers, as the Friars (7-4) won their second straight and third in the past four games.
Meanwhile, Memphis’ woes continued as the Tigers (6-6) lost their fourth game in five attempts. It was the Tigers’ third home loss of the season, the first time since the 2000-01 season—coach John Calipari’s first year—that Memphis has lost three at home in a season.
Dwight Brewington added 15 for the Friars, and Donnie McGrath finished with 14 points and six assists.
Rodney Carney led Memphis with 22 points, despite being hampered by an ankle injury suffered in practice Wednesday. Sean Banks, who started for Carney, finished with 17, but was 5-of-18 from the floor, part of a 33 percent shooting night for the Tigers, including 21 percent in the second half.
The game was played before a sparse crowd due to a winter storm that hit the area Wednesday. Memphis officials, who estimated the crowd at 2,500, invited all the fans to sit in the lower level of the arena.
Memphis had a couple of second-half rallies, including a 9-0 run early in the half, but could never overcome Providence. They cut it to 46-45 at the end of the run and got within three twice.
But the Friars turned back the Tigers with their own flurries. The final one came with Gomes sparking an 11-0 streak, running the advantage back to 66-52 with 4:18 left. Memphis never got the Providence lead under double digits the rest of the way.