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Providence gets past Boston College 82-78 in OT

November 9, 2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Bryce Cotton scored seven of his 28 points in overtime, lifting Providence to an 82-78 win over Boston College on Friday night.

Boston College had opened a 75-72 lead in overtime, but Cotton scored the next four points — two coming on a jumper in the lane and two free throws. Olivier Hanlan then nailed a 3-pointer, pushing BC back in front before LaDontae Henton’s two free throws tied it at 78-all with 1:28 to play. Lee Goldsbrough hit two free throws 15 seconds later, moving Providence in front. Cotton hit one free throw with 26 seconds left and Henton hit the second of two with 15.9 seconds to play.

Henton scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Providence and Josh Fortune added 15. Providence outrebounded Boston College 36-20 and won despite shooting just 43 percent.

Hanlan led the Boston College with 23 points, Anderson had 21 and Joe Rahon 13.

It was the 108th meeting of the New England schools — located about 50 miles apart — who have played every season since the 1953-54 season. Providence, which plays in the new Big East, owns a 59-49 advantage over its rival from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Frairs had opened a 64-59 lead on Carson Desrosiers’ two free throws with 2:53 to play. The Eagles then scored the next six, grabbing a 65-64 edge on Hanlan’s two free throws with 1:34 to go. Rahon had the first two baskets on drives into the lane.

Providence’s Kadeem Batts’ short jumper in the lane with 1:19 left moved the Friars ahead 66-65. Cotton then scored off a drive, banking in a short over Rahon 30 seconds later.

The Eagles tied it at 70 when Hanlan was fouled and was credited with a basket on goaltending call with 18.8 seconds left. He calmly sank the ensuing free throw after a video review.

Cotton then airballed a foul-line jumper out of bounds, giving the Eagles the ball with 1.2 seconds left. A long inbounds pass was tipped and Providence grabbed possession as the horn sounded, sending the game to OT.

In the first half, BC closed with a 9-0 run, taking its four-point lead into intermission. Anderson, scoreless for nearly 16 minutes in the half, had six points during the spree. The Eagles held a 31-27 halftime edge.

Both teams struggled for offense in a tightly called first half that reflected the NCAA’s commitment to reduce hand checking on defense.

It was a contrast of styles for long stretches during the game: The Friars looked to get out on the break and the Eagles had lengthy possessions, slowly bringing the ball up the court and ran the shot clock into single digits on a number of offensive trips down the floor.

The Friars honored the 2013 World Series champion Red Sox at halftime, with utility player and former Providence baseball player John McDonald carrying the trophy onto the court during a brief ceremony.

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