No. 22 Men's Basketball Downs Providence, 81-65
Feb 26, 2002
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Darius Rice scored 21 of his 30 points in the secondhalf to lead No. 22 Miami to an 81-65 victory over Providence on Tuesday night.
Providence point guard John Linehan became the NCAA’s career steals leader.His fourth of the game gave him 377, one more than Eric Murdock, who played forthe Friars from 1987-91.
In the final home game of his career, Linehan had all four of his steals inthe first half. He finished with 10 points on 2-of-8 shooting.
Abdul Mills had 21 points to lead Providence (15-14, 6-9), while freshmanRyan Gomes added 18.
Miami extended a 45-27 halftime to 23 points early in the second half.Providence staged a mild rally to pull within 10 points with three minutesleft, but got no closer.
Linehan’s record-breaking steal came with 1:37 to play in the first halfwhen he intercepted an out-of-bounds save by Rice.
Rice had 10 rebounds as Miami finished with a 28-24 advantage on the boards.