Noah Horchler, David Duke guide Providence past Xavier

Noah Horchler scored a season-best 20 points and also collected nine rebounds to help host Providence notch an 83-68 victory over Xavier in Big East play on Wednesday night.Junior David Duke added 18 points and nine rebounds and matched his career best of nine assists for the Friars (12-11, 8-9 Big East). A.J. Reeves scored 16 points, Nate Watson added 15 points and seven rebounds and Jared Bynum had 10 points for Providence.Zach Freemantle registered 24 points and 12 rebounds and Paul Scruggs scored 22 points for Xavier (12-5, 5-5). Dwon Odom added 11 points for the Musketeers.Xavier played without third-leading scorer Nate Johnson (11.4 points per game), who has a left foot injury.The victory allowed the Friars to split the regular-season series with Xavier. The Musketeers won the first matchup 74-73 on Jan. 10 when Colby Jones made a 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left.Providence shot 53.7 percent from the field, including 11 of 21 from 3-point range.The Musketeers connected on 44.3 percent of their field-goal attempts and were just 3 of 17 from behind the arc.The Musketeers cut their 10-point halftime deficit to four early in the second half, but Providence pushed the lead to 49-40 on Horchler’s ferocious dunk with 13:05 left in the game.Bynum’s long 3-pointer gave the Friars a 58-47 lead with 9:44 remaining.