Providence downs DePaul 62-54

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP)—Weyinmi Efejuku (Way-In-Mee Eff-eh-Juke-Oo) scored 18 points to lead four Friars in double figures as Providence beat DePaul 62-54 on Saturday.

Geoff McDermott added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Providence.

The Friars used a balanced attack and scrappy defense to edge the visiting Blue Demons, who never led in the game but hung close throughout the second half.

Poor perimeter shooting hurt DePaul (8-7, 0-2 Big East), which shot just 3-of-19 from beyond the arc.

Providence (10-4, 2-0 Big East) opened the game on a 9-2 run and led by as much as 12 early.

A Mac Koshwal jumper cut the Friars’ lead to 44-43 with 10:20 to go in the second half, but Providence responded with an 11-2 run. The Blue Demons never got within a possession again.

Will Walker had 14 points to lead DePaul. Mac Koshwal and Dar Tucker added 10 rebounds apiece.

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Krys Faber Krys Faber
4-5,  11 Pts
2 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Providence
Jeff Xavier Jeff Xavier
4-7,  10 Pts
6 Rebs, 4 Assists

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