What a shooting performance!
The Providence Friars improved to 11-4 on the season and 3-0 in the BIG EAST after defeating Cincinnati on the road in a crazy 87-79 victory.
The Friars controlled most of the game, leading by 7 at the half, and up by as many as 12 with 10 minutes to go in the game. However, Cincy quickly roared back, eventually tying up the game at 66-66 with 7 minutes left. Providence would get their lead back to 9, thanks to a big three by Jeff Xavier (12 points, 3-5 from downtown) and Weyinmi Efejuku’s ability to get to the line.
The Bearcats would make yet another charge, cutting the Friars’ lead to 2 with only 2 minutes left. Jeff Xavier then hit an amazing clutch three-pointer (he was not even close to being set) to push PC’s lead back to 5 with :53 seconds left.
The Friars were an incredible 12-24 (50%) from three-point land, with SIX different players hitting a three.
Weyinmi Efejuku was the leading scorer for PC with 18 points, thanks to an 11-14 effort at the line. He also had 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and a block!
Randall Hanke had 4 blocks. McD had 8 rebounds.
Deonta Vaughn and Mike Williams both had 20 points for Cincinnati, who falls to 10-5 overall and 0-2 in the BIG EAST.
As expected, the Bearcats were a force on the offensive glass, pulling down 19 offensive boards for 21 second chance points. PC had 7 offensive boards, and was out rebounded 40-34 overall. However, one of those 7 offensive rebounds was incredibly important — Geoff McDermott pulled down an Efejuku miss with 1:53 on the clock, allowing the Friars to keep the possession to allow Xavier to hit the big three.
3-0! Bring on Georgetown!
Why was Curry wearing #10 instead of the usual #4?
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