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Xavier vs Providence: Halftime Notes

The Musketeers lead Providence at the end of the first half.

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In a clash of top 10 teams, Xavier leads Providence 34-26 after 20 minutes.

Here's everything you need to know about the first half.

Xavier

  • James Farr leads leads the Musketeers with 11 points and 6 rebounds, highlighted by his first 3 point basket of the year.
  • Remy Abbell has finally emerged with some much needed 3 point shooting, as his 6 points in the first half bests his total of 5 in his previous 4 games.
  • The 1-3-1 zone has worked wonders for Xavier, as the #7 team in the country held Kris Dunn and Co. to 26 points in the first half on 31% shooting.

Providence

  • Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil continue to provide most of the offense for the Friars, as the dynamic duo has combined for 19 of Providence's 26 points.
  • The Friars struggled to find their shooting touch in the first half, going 1-11 from 3 point range.
  • Providence found early success creating easy transition baskets with their strong defensive play. The Friars lead Xavier 10-2 in fast break points, an area they will need to continue to exploit if they are going to get back in this game.