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Providence 65, Rhode Island 58 (OT)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Ryan Gomes scored 20 of his 25 points
after halftime, sparking Providence to a 65-58 overtime win over
Rhode Island on Saturday.

Tuukka Kotti added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Friars
(5-3). Scott Hazelton scored 25 points on 9-of-24 shooting and
pulled down 11 rebounds to lead Rhode Island (1-5).

With Providence trailing 46-40 with five minutes left, Gomes
scored 10 of the Friars' final 13 points to help force overtime.

Providence took a 52-50 lead with a minute left on Dwight
Brewington's dunk. But Hazelton tied the score with 5.7 seconds
left. The Friars outscored URI 12-5 in overtime, as Brewington
scored seven points and Gomes added five.

Providence, leading 24-22 at halftime, took a 29-22 lead to
begin the second half. Then the Rams went on a 16-6 run highlighted
by a four-point play by Hazelton, giving the Rams their first lead,
38-35, with 12:15 remaining in regulation.

Marcel Momplaisir added 11 points for Rhode Island. Brewington
scored 11 points and Randall Hanke added 12 for Providence.