Providence 79, Rutgers 69

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Donnie McGrath scored 23 points and
Herbert Hill came off the bench for 19 as Providence defeated
Rutgers 79-69 Wednesday night.

Sharaud Curry added 12 points and Jonathan Kale 11 for
Providence (9-8, 2-4 Big East), which won its second straight while
handing Rutgers (12-7, 2-4) its third straight loss and fourth in
five games.

McGrath shot 8-for-11 and Hill was 8-for-9 as Providence shot 60

Quincy Douby had 18 for Rutgers, tying the second-lowest total
of the year for the Big East's leading scorer. Douby shot just
5-for-20 as Rutgers was 34.4 percent as a team.

Rutgers went without a field goal over the final 6:37 of the
first half, as Providence took a 44-26 halftime lead.

Leading 33-23, the Friars ran off 11 straight, with Curry
scoring seven points on consecutive possessions. He hit a
3-pointer, then came back to convert a four-point play. The run was
completed when Douby blocked a layup attempt by Curry, only to have
the ball go back to Hill for a slam.

The Knights climbed back after intermission, closing within
47-39 when a technical on the Providence bench led to two Douby
foul shots and a Byron Joynes putback. The Friars responded with a
17-5 run, with Hill scoring six straight Providence points in the
midst of the run.