Providence Wins Big Over Harvard, 93-70

    Harvard's Pat Magnarelli (33) fouls Providence's Brian McKenzie (23) during the first half.

    Harvard's Pat Magnarelli (33) fouls Providence's Brian McKenzie (23) during the first half.

    Nov. 24, 2007

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Friars opened the 2007-2008 home schedule with an offensive outbreak and a 93-70 win over Harvard Saturday, November 24, at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

    Junior Jeff Xavier (Pawtucket, R.I.) scored a game-high 27 points connecting on seven three-pointers. His 27 were a season-high and Xavier's most as a Friar. His seven three-pointers also were a career-high. The team shot an impressive 58.3 percent from three-point territory and 58.1 percent overall for the game.

    The Friars used two quick three-pointers by Xavier and sophomore Dwain Williams (San Diego, Calif.) to regain the lead at 25-20 with seven minutes remaining in the first half. PC finished the first half on an 11-4 run, building a 10-point lead. Providence's 39 first-half points is the highest offensive output in the first 20 minutes in 2007.

    PC used a 14-4 run to open the second half en route to a 21-point lead and finished the game with a season-high 93 points. The offensive output marked the highest total since last year's team tallied 91 against Seton Hall on January 6. The Friars also spread the ball around, finishing with a season-high 19 assists.

    Sophomore Brian McKenzie (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished with a game-high seven rebounds and tallied 20 points. Williams added 15 points and freshman Jamine Peterson ( Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 11 points as the only other Friar to score in double figures.

    Xavier's seven three pointers are the most by a Friar since Donnie McGrath tallied nine against Virginia in 2005. Providence finished with 14 three-pointers, a season high. The mark is the most since making 12 threes against Cincinnati last year (February 27).

    The Friars (3-1) will return to action on Tuesday, November 27 versus Maine at 7:30 p.m. at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.