Jan. 12, 2008
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team defeated the University of South Florida Bulls 86-70 Saturday afternoon at the Dunkin Donuts Center. The Friars improved to 11-5 (2-2 BIG EAST) while the Bulls are 10-7 (1-3 BIG EAST). PC hit a conference season-high 13 3-pointers.
Junior forward Geoff McDermott (New Rochelle, N.Y.) posted a career-high 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting, along with seven rebounds. Junior guard Jeff Xavier (Pawtucket, R.I.) poured in 16 points and dished out six assists.
Dwain Williams (San Diego, Calif.) saw his first action since playing in the win over Florida State Dec. 22. The sophomore guard made the most of his time on the court as he finished with 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting and three assists. Junior center Randall Hanke (New York, N.Y.) added 10 points and four rebounds.
PC finished the game shooting 32-of-61 for a 52.5 percent. It is the sixth time this season that the Friars have shot 50 percent or better from the field. Providence dominated the offensive glass, tallying 20 second chance points.
The Providence offense handled the ball with care, committing only nine turnovers, the fewest since committing nine against Rutgers Jan. 20, 2007. The Friars' 13 3-pointers was one shy of their season-high of 14 against Harvard. The 13 are the most by a BIG EAST team this year in a conference game. PC also improved to 8-0 at home.
The Friars held an advantage after the first 20 minutes, 43-31. PC opened the game on a 10-2 run but USF countered with a 10-2 run of its own to knot the game at 12 each. McDermott finished the first half with 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting and three rebounds.
The Friars return to action Thursday, Jan. 17, when they travel to Connecticut. The game against the Huskies will tip at 7:00 p.m. at the XL Center in Hartford.
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