PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Brian Laing had 22 points and Jamar Nutter had 19 as Seton Hall won its third straight game and first Big East road game in two years, 88-75 over Providence.
Weyinmi Efejuku had a game-high 23 points and Jeff Xavier had 16 for Providence (12-6, 3-3) which lost for the time at home this season after eight wins. The Friars also had their three-game league win streak snapped.Larry Davis (13) and Eugene Harvey (10) were also in double figures for Seton HallThe Pirates (13-6, 3-3) didn't look as if they would come close to matching their league-best 82 points. They trailed 26-11 in the first half after making just 3 of 11 shots, then almost matched the Friars' rapid start with a 26-12 closing run in the final nine minutes of the half. Nutter contributed 12 points.Providence clung to a 38-37 halftime lead.Seton Hall took a 70-54 lead in the second half on a 21-6 run over six minutes. They made four 3-pointers, including two by Jeremy Hazell. The Pirates maintained at least a dougle-digit lead the rest of the way.Seton Hall had a big edge in several categories, shooting 28 of 56 (50 percent) to just 38 percent for the Friars (23 of 60). Seton Hall also made 8 of 16 3-point attempts while Providence was just 6 of 23. Providence made only 23 of 35 attempted free throws, while Seton Hall made 24 of 27.