Men's Basketball Defeats Temple, 66-64, In Puerto Rico

Nov. 15, 2007

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SAN JUAN, P.R. - The Providence College men's basketball team opened its 81st season with a thrilling 66-64 win versus the Temple Owls at the O'Reilly Auto Parts ESPNU Puerto Rico Tip Off on Thursday, November 15. For the Friars, it marked the squad's first in-season tournament appearance since participating in the Preseason Nit in 2004.

Providence trailed by 10 points with 6:02 remaining in the contest when the Friars went on a 14-0 run, which included five points from junior Jeff Xavier (Pawtucket, R.I.) and five points from sophomore Dwain Williams (San Diego, Calif.), to take a 66-62 lead with 1:11 remaining in the game. Temple's Dionte Christmas scored two of his game-high 19 points with 47 seconds left to make it a two-point game (66-64). However, the Friars used the full 35 seconds before turning the ball over to the Owls who could not hit a shot at the buzzer to tie the game.

Temple took over the game in the early stages of the first half as the Friars looked rusty in their first game of the season. The Owls opened up a 11-point lead 10 minutes into the contest (18-7). Paced by Williams' 10 points in the final 10 minutes, the Friars got back into the contest and trailed by four at halftime (33-29).

The Owls opened the second half strong as Semai Inge scored 11 points to pace Temple as it outscored the Friars 23-16 over the first 10 minutes. Temple held the Friars off for the next four minutes, before Providence went on its impressive 14-0 run to earn the victory.

Providence will return to action versus the winner of the No. 18 Arkansas/College of Charleston game at 5:30 p.m. EST on ESPNU on Friday, November 16.



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