Providence College said Wednesday that it would beef up security at its men's basketball games after the brother of a player walked onto the court to confront a referee during a game last weekend.
The college said uniformed Providence police officers will now
be positioned behind team benches during games at the Dunkin'
Donuts Center and that more security guards would also be used.
"It's a reaction an embarrassing situation," said Carl
LaBranche, Providence's associate athletic director for facilities
and game management. "As the renters and the school that's putting
on the event, our concern is any breach in safety and security."
The announcement comes four days after Jonathan Xavier, the
brother of Providence guard Jeff Xavier, came down from the stands
and jumped over the Providence bench to confront a referee during
the second half of Saturday's game against Marquette.
He was upset no foul was called after his brother was scraped in
the face while driving to the basket. Marquette won the game 91-82.
Marquette coach Buzz Williams had threatened to pull his team
off the court, saying it was a dangerous situation for his players.
A police department spokeswoman said Jonathan Xavier had been
charged with disorderly conduct. It was not immediately clear if he
had a lawyer.
The heightened security was used during Providence's win Monday
against Cincinnati, LaBranche said.