NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Ryan Gomes woke up in the second half and brought Donnie McGrath with him.
Gomes collected 24 points and 12 rebounds and McGrath netted all 15 points in the second half as Providence used a dominant final 20 minutes for a 70-51 rout of No. 14 Illinois in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Providence was pitiful in the first half, committing 11 turnovers and falling into an early 12-0 hole. Gomes finally got the Friars' first points with a basket nearly 7 1/2 minutes into the contest.
The Friars managed to cut the deficit to 30-24 at halftime before Gomes scored 17 points and added 10 boards in the second half. The senior made 6-of-9 shots after halftime and had eight offensive rebounds.
"I just tried to go to the offensive glass a little bit more," Gomes said. "That's where I got most of my points."
McGrath, who missed both his first-half shots, also heated up with four 3-pointers, including back-to-back jumpers that gave Providence the lead for good at 40-35 with 14 1/2 minutes left. He entered having made only 10-of-29 from the arc.
"I was just going out there to be more agggressive," McGrath said. "The shot kept falling."
Illinois (4-2) finished with 22 turnovers and got woeful efforts from Deron Williams and Dee Brown, who combined to make 3-of-17 shots for seven points and 11 turnovers. Williams had nine miscues.
Williams entered averaging 16.4 points while Brown continued his shooting slump, having made just 8-of-37 shots in his last three games. The Friars' zone defense didn't help.
"We didn't seem to have a good feel of attacking the zone the whole night," Illinois coach Bruce Weber said. "They seemed to be everywhere."
Providence's 2-3 zone resulted in 31 percent (8-of-26) shooting for Illinois in the second half. It was anchored by 6-10 jumping jack Marcus Douthit, who came up with six blocks while holding down the middle.
"When you hold a Final Four-type team to 30 percent shooting in the second half, it's as good as it can get," Friars coach Tim Welsh said. "You have to have a guy in the middle who makes the zone effective and Marcus was that tonight."
Rob Sanders was the third player in double figures with 15 points for the Friars, who warmed up and shot 49 percent (17-of-35) in the second half.
James Augustine had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead Illinois, which has lost two out of three games. Roger Powell chipped in 13 points.