The Friars edged the Rams of URI, 50-49, Thursday night at a hostile Ryan Center.
There was nothing pretty about Providence’s win, but a depleted Friar team will take a win in an environment like that any day of the week.
The Friars shot just 29 percent in the second half, but they were still able to hang on by a slim margin.
Despite not allowing a single URI three-pointer in the first half, Providence took just a 29-25 lead into the break.
After the two teams battled back-and-forth for much of the second half, tempers started to boil over.
Rams head coach Dan Hurley thought that Josh Fortune shoved freshman E.C. Matthews after a play, leading to Hurley barking at the referees and Fortune, causing the two coaches to exchange pleasantries.
In the final seconds, justice was served as Matthews’ shot found nothing but air in an attempt to win the game.
Bryce Cotton led all scorers in the game with 15 points.
The Rams were led by Gilvydas Biruta, who scored 13 points and pulled down seven rebounds.
The Friars (8-2) won’t play again until Tuesday, December 17 at the Dunk against Yale at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1.