PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (Ticker) -- With two of the top three scorers in the Big East Conference having quiet games, Marcus Douthit and Donnie McGrath made the difference for Providence.
Douthit and McGrath scored 16 points apiece to help the 23rd-ranked Friars rebound from consecutive defeats with a 74-61 win over No. 20 Syracuse.
Providence was coming off losses to Seton Hall and Virginia Tech and faced an early 6-0 deficit. But the Friars used a 23-6 run and never trailed thereafter en route to their first home win over a ranked opponent since beating Georgetown on February 10, 2001.
"We needed a checkup and that's what we talked about the last four days," Providence coach Tim Welsh said. "Our guys understood that it was time to step back up and obviously, this isn't a good team to go against to get healthy but we came with early fire and good intensity and I think that was lacking the last three games."
Ryan Gomes scored seven of his 12 points in the decisive run for Providence (14-5, 6-3), which had lost its last six home games against Syracuse. Gomes made just 3-of-10 shots in 36 minutes, but Sheiku Kabba connected on 5-of-11 and contributed 14 points.
McGrath and Douhit made up for Gomes' performance by combining to make 11-of-21 shots. McGrath made half of his eight attempts from the arc, where the Friars shot 42 percent (10-of-25).
"This was a big bounceback game for us," Gomes said. "We came off two losses against a ranked team, well-coached and a great team to play against. But everyone played with a lot of confidence. You saw that with five guys in double figures. We just had balance and confidence today."
While Gomes was held under 16 points for just the fifth time this season, Syracuse's leading scorer, Hakim Warrick, scored all 10 of his points in the final 20 minutes.
"I just missed a lot of easy putbacks, free throws and a lot of easy baskets," said Warrick, who was 2-of-7 from the line. "They did a really good job of moving the ball, taking their time, executing their offense and we didn't."
Warrick entered the game averaging 19.8 points, just behind Gomes (19.9). The 6-8 Warrick grabbed 10 rebounds, but made just 4-of-14 shots. Virginia Tech's Bryant Matthews leads the league with a 23.6 scoring average.
Freshman Demetris Nichols scored 17 points and Craig Forth added 12 for Syracuse, which has dropped four of its last five games.
Douthit made 6-of-10 shots and pulled down 11 rebounds to help the Friars to a 39-36 edge on the glass. Freshman Dwight Brewington added 10 points off the bench for Providence, which shot 84 percent (16-of-19) from the free-throw line.
Streaky Gerry McNamara was held to nine points from the field for Syracuse. He made 3-of-8 shots, all from behind the arc.
The Orangemen opened the second half with a 7-0 burst to trim the deficit to 33-29 on a 3-pointer by Nichols with 17:32 left. But Syracuse got no closer as Kabba answered with a 3-pointer 61 seconds later to ignite a 13-5 run.
"We've struggled on the offensive end in the league pretty much from the beginning, with a couple of exceptions and nothing changed today," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said.