The Friars are fresh off a nice road victory against South Carolina, a place with a nice piece of Friar history. Almost 10 years to the day, Ryan Gomes made his impressive Providence Friars debut down in South Carolina. Seven games into the season, Tim Welsh had not played Gomes and was actually considering redshirting him. PC’s front court then consisted of a hurting Rome Augustine (that SC game would actually be his last for that season), High Flyin’ Rob Sanders, Marcus Douthit (not yet developed), Chris Anrin, and a freshman Tuukka Kotti. The fact he was getting no run seems crazy looking back, but apparently Gomes busted his butt in practice leading up to that game to finally land out on the court in Friar Black & White on December 3rd, 2001.
Gomes instantly showed a glimpse of the great things he would bring to Friartown over the next four years, totaling 15 points and 8 rebounds in 28 minutes of play. The Friars ended up losing 67-48 (and had a disappointing 15-16 record overall), but Ryan Gomes would start every single game after that for the Friars over the next four years.
Here is the blast from the past Friars boxscore for that game.