Jan. 20, 1998
Boston College Loses a Hearbreaker
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Senior forward Antonio Granger recorded 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead Boston College in a 58-54 loss to Providence College in a BIG EAST contest in Conte Forum.
The Eagles led 50-40 with 9:48 to play, before the visiting Friars went on an 8-1 run over the next 4:37 to close the BC margin to three points. BC senior Mickey Curley scored a basket and PC's Kendrick Moore converted two free throws to make the score 53-50 with 3:25 to play. BC's Duane Woodward hit one of two free throws to score BC's final point with 2:41 remaining.
PC freshman John Linehan made two free throws to narrow the BC margin to 54-52, and freshman Erron Maxey's lay-in with 34 seconds left evened the score. After BC missed a short jumper, PC's Moore was fouled at the offensive end and converted two free throws for the decisive points. After Linehan made the steal on a long BC inbounds pass, Moore finished the scoring with two free throws in the closing seconds.
Boston College (10-9, 2-6 BIG EAST) led 35-31 at halftime, despite shooting just 38.5 percent from the floor. The Eagles scored just six field goals and shot 24.0 percent in the final 20 minutes, as the Friars outscored the home team, 27-19, to gain the victory.
Curley added six points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles.
Junior forward Jamel Thomas led Providence (8-8, 3-4) with 17 points. Sophomore Llewellyn Cole registered a career-high 15 points and nine rebounds for the Friars.
Game Notes: BC shot a season-low 31.4 percent from the field ... After hitting 6-of-11 three-point attempts in the first half, BC made just 1-of-12 second-half three-point attempts ... The Eagles outrebounded the Friars, 43-36 ... Providence College shot 9-for-9 from the foul line in the second half, with eight of the nine free throws coming in the game's final 3:25 ... BC returns to action on Saturday, January 24 against Seton Hall. Game time is 8 p.m. in Continental Airlines Arena.