2003 NIT 2003 NIT

Updated: Monday, March 24, 2003 11:00 PM EST
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Georgetown 67, Providence 58
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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (Ticker) -- Providence can spend the offseason figuring out how to stop Mike Sweetney.

Georgetown's star forward had 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Hoyas to a 67-58 victory over the Friars in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Georgetown (17-14) will visit North Carolina in the quarterfinals after the Tar Heels defeated Wyoming, 90-74, on Monday.

Sweetney, who scored 20 points in Georgetown's 71-56 victory over Providence (18-14) on February 26, shot 8-of-15 from the field and 10-of-11 from the foul line.

The Hoyas have won back-to-back road games in the NIT after winning just four of 11 on the road during the regular season.

Ryan Gomes wrapped up his sensational sophomore season by leading the Friars with 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Providence, which had won five straight home games, fell to Georgetown at home for the first time in four meetings.

Tony Bethel added 18 points for Georgetown, which took control of the game in the middle of the second half. Sweetney capped an 11-3 run with two free throws to give the Hoyas a 51-40 lead with 5:56 left. The Friars never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.

Providence led 28-24 at halftime, but Georgetown scored the first eight points of the second half, including four by Sweetney, and never trailed again.

Last season, the Hoyas turned down an NIT bid because coach Craig Esherick claimed he wanted his players to focus on "academics."

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