Dec. 22, 2007
The Providence College Friars defeated the Florida State Seminoles, 101-95 Saturday afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. It marked the first time a team scored 100 or more points against the Seminoles since they lost at No. 2 Duke, 100-58, on February 4, 2001.
The Friars opened an 11 point lead with 3:34 to play and held off a late Florida State rally to win.
Providence saw five players reach double figures, led by junior Jeff Xavier (Pawtucket, R.I.), who finished with 27 points, tying his season high. Junior guard Weyinmi Efejuku (Fresh Meadows, N.Y.) added 25, junior center Randall Hanke (New York, N.Y.) finished with 15 and freshman forward Jamine Peterson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) tallied 10.
Geoff McDermott (New Rochelle, N.Y.) finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and dished out 10 assists, one shy of his career high. The double-double was McDermott's 18th of his career and fourth this year.
The 101 points were a season-high for the Friars, topping the previous high of 94 against Sacred Heart on December 19. It was the first time Providence has topped the century mark since scoring 107 against Longwood January 2, 2007.
PC finished the game with a 57.6 (34-of-59) shooting percentage, the third consecutive game they have been at 50 percent or better. The Friars knocked down 12-of-20 3-pointers, a 60 percent clip.
The Providence defense forced 19 FSU turnovers, leading to 23 points.
Providence will take a break for the holidays and returns to action Dec. 31, at 2 pm against Saint Peter's at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
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