Providence upsets No. 5 Xavier 81-72
PROVIDENCE, R.I/January 05, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Another layup bounced off the rim, Providence forward Rodney Bullock grabbed the defensive rebound with about 20 seconds left and Xavier coach Chris Mack stood in front of his bench with both hands in the air.
It was time to surrender.
The best start in Musketeers history was over, along with the second-longest winning streak in Mack’s tenure at the school.
“It certainly wasn’t our day,” Mack said Saturday after fifth-ranked Xavier lost to the Friars 81-72 to snap a 10-game winning streak. “We know who Providence is. We know what each of their strengths is. But being able to take it away, that’s different.”
Kyron Cartwright had 19 points, nine assists and four steals, and Bullock scored 17 with six rebounds and two blocked shots as the Friars (11-6, 2-2 Big East) beat a ranked team for the first time this season.
“Our kids met the challenge today,” said Providence coach Ed Cooley, whose Friars lost to No. 25 Creighton on Sunday and lost in overtime to Marquette on Wednesday. “Life in the Big East, it’s a monster every single game.”
Kerem Kanter had 24 points and 12 rebounds — eight on the offensive boards — in 20 minutes for Xavier