Deja vu for Friars at UMass

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Providence (10-3) fell in a heartbreaker, 69-67, in overtime to #23/22 UMass last night at the Mullins Center.

After senior Bryce Cotton made a tough contested layup to send the game to overtime, UMass’ Derrick Gordon put back an offensive rebound to give his team the win with just one second remaining in the overtime period.

Looked a little familiar didn’t it? This marked the second straight season that UMass essentially beat Providence at the buzzer, clinching a win the same way in the Puerto Rico Tip Off last November.

Following the game, Providence head coach Ed Cooley stated: “I’m very, very, very disappointed we lost that game. This is back-to-back years losing at the buzzer to this team.”

The Friars deserved better than the ultimate outcome.

Fighting through a month of nothing but bad news for the program, the Friars proved that they’re still an elite team and played well enough to get a win on the road against a ranked opponent.

Led by Cotton’s game high 24 points, the Friars battled back from two UMass ten-point leads in the second half to force overtime.

Tyler Harris added 16 points for the Friars, while LaDontae Henton chipped in with 13.

UMass’ Cady LaLanne had a team high 14 points, leading five Minutemen in double figures.

The Friars are now set to kick off Big East play against Seton Hall on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Dunk. The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1.

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