Scores

Final

Jackson State 71

(1-9, 0-8 away)

Providence 85

(7-3, 6-1 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 17, 2008

    Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island

    1 2 T
    JKST 43 2871
    PROV 32 5385

    Top Performers

    Jackson State: D. Griffin 20 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl

    Providence: G. McDermott 13 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Providence 85, Jackson St. 71

    Associated Press

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Weyinmi Efejuku (WAY'-mee ehf-eh-JOO'-koo) scored 18 points to help Providence dispatch Jackson State 85-71 on Wednesday night.

    Geoff McDermott tallied a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds as six players reached double figures for the Friars (7-3). They trailed by as much as 12 early but dominated the Tigers after halftime.

    Jackson State (1-9) knocked down mid-range jumpers and slicing lay-ups early and often, shooting 62.5 percent in the first period en route to a 43-32 halftime lead.

    But Providence clamped down defensively and found an offensive groove of its own after the break. The Friars opened the second half on a 24-6 run to take the lead for good.

    Darrion Griffin had a game-high 20 points and 8 rebounds and Jeremy Caldwell scored 15 for Jackson State, the preseason favorite in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    JKST
    PROV
    Points 71 85
    FG Made-Attempted 30-67 (.448) 28-55 (.509)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-16 (.125) 5-18 (.278)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-12 (.750) 24-31 (.774)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 12 14

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