Hanke records season highs to lead Providence over St. Peter’s

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP)—Randall Hanke had season-high totals of 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead Providence to an 83-78 win over St. Peter’s on Monday.

The Friars (9-3) overcame a 1-point halftime deficit and surged ahead in the second half, when St. Peter’s was held to 2-of-15 shooting from 3-point range.

Raul Orta had 18 points on 6-of-9 three-point shooting to lead St. Peter’s, but he was held to six points in the second half. The Peacocks (3-9) have now dropped seven in a row.

The Friars jumped out an early 9-point lead, but a 20-6 run capped by an Akeem Gooding jumper put St. Peter’s in front, 27-22, midway through the first half.

By halftime, St. Peter’s edged ahead, 45-44, mostly on its 3-point shooting prowess (7-12).

The Friars kept pace by shooting 61 percent (19 of 31) in the first half, with Hanke scoring 15 and Geoff McDermott (10) and Jeff Xavier (10) on 15-of-18 shooting.

Providence regained the lead on a layup by McDermott with 16:48 left in the game, and the Friars kept the lead the rest of the way.

Xavier finished with 18 points and seven assists.

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N. Leon N. Leon
5-7,  12 Pts
2 Rebs, 8 Assists
R. Hanke R. Hanke
10-15,  23 Pts
14 Rebs, 0 Assists

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