National Basketball Association
Xavier 74, Providence 73
When: 11:00 AM ET, Sunday, January 10, 2021
Where: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
# Clarence Armstrong, # Brian O'Connell, # Lamar Simpson
Colby Jones drained a straight-away 3-pointer with one-tenth of a second left on a perfectly executed final play as Xavier defeated Providence 74-73 in Big East action Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Zach Freemantle had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Nate Johnson added 14 points for the Musketeers (10-2, 3-2), who won for the ninth time in their last 10 home games against the Friars.
David Duke had 30 points and seven 3-pointers, and Nate Watson had 17 points and tied his career high with 14 rebounds for Providence (7-5, 3-3).
Providence led by seven points with just more than a minute left before Johnson drilled a 3-pointer and Freemantle hit a jumper to pull Xavier within two.
After a Providence turnover with 16 ticks left, Xavier coach Travis Steele called timeout and dialed up a play that got the freshman Jones free for his second 3-pointer in nine attempts this season and his only attempt in this game.
Xavier was 0 for 12 from behind the arc in a 69-61 win over St. John's on Wednesday.
The loss by the Friars was their second straight at the buzzer. They lost 67-65 on a dunk by Creighton's Christian Bishop with less than a second left on Jan. 2.
With Providence trailing 64-59 with 3:36 remaining, Duke started a 14-2 Providence run with a 3-pointer. Noah Horchler capped the run with a 3-pointer for a 73-66 lead with 1:13 minute left.
Providence starting point guard Jared Bynum, who leads the team in assists per game (4.4), did not play after suffering a groin injury in the loss to Creighton. Alyn Breed started in place of Bynum and scored two points but had a costly turnover with 51 seconds remaining
Duke did everything for the Friars in the opening 20 minutes, scoring 16 of their 34 points on 6-of-8 shooting. The Musketeers led 35-34 at intermission.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
David Duke 30
Zach Freemantle 17
David Duke 6
Adam Kunkel 5
Nate Watson 14
Zach Freemantle 8
David Duke 1
||Free Throws Made
Zach Freemantle 3
David Duke 2
Nate Johnson 2
David Duke 1
Jason Carter 1
Team Stats Summary