Providence uses big 2nd half to beat Xavier 75-63


Providence's Emmitt Holt (15) goes up to shoot in front of Xavier's Tim Stainbrook (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Providence, R.I., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)


Providence's Kyron Cartwright, center, drives between Xavier's RaShid Gaston, left, and Malcolm Bernard during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Providence, R.I., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)


Xavier's Malcolm Bernard (11) shoots against Providence's Rodney Bullock (5), Maliek White (4) and Emmitt Holt (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Providence, R.I., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Kyron Cartwright scored 17 points and made five assists, Rodney Bullock added 16 points with 10 rebounds, and Providence pulled away late to beat Xavier 75-63 on Wednesday night.

Trailing by two at halftime, Cartwright tied it at 33 with a tip-in and Providence led 37-36 on his jumper. Xavier’s Kaiser Gates tied it at 39 with a 3-pointer before Providence pulled ahead 47-41 after Jalen Lindsey hit two 3s amid an 11-2 run.

Bullock hit back-to-back jumpers and the Friars led by nine after Isaiah Jackson’s layup, by 13 after White’s consecutive layups, and by 18 after Jackson’s jumper with 2:51 to go.

Lindsey added 13 points with three 3-pointers for the Friars (16-11, 6-8 Big East), who were outrebounded 44-29 but scored 18 points off of 17 Xavier turnovers.

RaShid Gaston scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Xavier (18-8, 8-5), who have lost two straight.

Providence’s Emmitt Holt (15) goes up to shoot in front of Xavier’s Tim Stainbrook (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Providence, R.I., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/02/web1_115075794-8121274ad10046b08aa9d1dcc8b8f30a.jpgProvidence’s Emmitt Holt (15) goes up to shoot in front of Xavier’s Tim Stainbrook (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Providence, R.I., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Providence’s Kyron Cartwright, center, drives between Xavier’s RaShid Gaston, left, and Malcolm Bernard during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Providence, R.I., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/02/web1_115075794-25286fbf840a40468044246136292855.jpgProvidence’s Kyron Cartwright, center, drives between Xavier’s RaShid Gaston, left, and Malcolm Bernard during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Providence, R.I., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Xavier’s Malcolm Bernard (11) shoots against Providence’s Rodney Bullock (5), Maliek White (4) and Emmitt Holt (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Providence, R.I., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/02/web1_115075794-1752edcf142c4a0a845f5b0a4208a637.jpgXavier’s Malcolm Bernard (11) shoots against Providence’s Rodney Bullock (5), Maliek White (4) and Emmitt Holt (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Providence, R.I., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)