Jeff Xavier and the Friars beat 18th-ranked Arkansas Friday night in Puerto Rico
Nov. 16, 2007
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Brian McKenzie scored 18 points and Geoffrey McDermott added 15, leading Providence to a 67-51 win over No. 18 Arkansas at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Friday night.
Providence led by 10 points late in the first half, but Arkansas closed the gap to 32-28 at halftime.
But the Friars took control of the game in the second half as Arkansas, which turned the ball over 26 times Thursday in a win over College of Charleston, again struggled with miscues.
Arkansas had 32 turnovers for the game, compared to Providence's 20.
The Friars (2-0) scored 34 points off turnovers, adding 14 in the paint.
Patrick Beverley led the Razorbacks (2-1) with 14 points. Darian Townes added 11.
Early in the first half, Arkansas coach John Pelphrey argued with an official, receiving a technical foul under the NCAA's new bench decorum rule.
Steven Hill's basket tied the game at 19 with 5:47 left in the first half, the fifth and final time Arkansas tied the game. But McDermott picked up an offensive rebound off Jonathan Kale's miss and gave Providence a lead it would never relinquish with a putback.
Providence never trailed in the game.
The Razorbacks cut the lead to 46-39 with 11:27 left on a basket by Stefan Welsh, but Dwain Williams countered with a 3-pointer to restore Providence's lead to 10.
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