PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Allan Ray scored 27 points and Jason
Fraser added a career-high 25 points and 13 rebounds as Villanova
hung on for a 83-78 overtime victory at Providence on Tuesday
Villanova (9-2, 2-1 Big East) won for just the second time in
the last 14 games at Providence and the Wildcats snapped a
four-game road losing streak to the Friars.
The Friars (9-6, 0-2) took their first lead since the first
half, 73-72, when DeSean White converted a three-point play with
3:13 left in overtime. Fraser responded with a three-point play of
his own with 2:51 remaining and Kyle Lowry sank one of two free
throws for a 76-73 lead.
Ray put the game out of reach with a 3-pointer with 48 seconds
Providence committed a season-high 30 turnovers. The Friars also
had a school-record 16 blocks, one shy of the conference mark set
by Georgetown against Providence on Feb. 22, 1989.
Villanova, which has won eight of its last nine games, was
playing without leading scorer and rebounder Curtis Sumpter for the
second straight game. The 6-foot-7 forward sprained his right knee
in practice last Friday.
"The doctors said it would be anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks,"
Villanova coach Jay Wright said Tuesday. "He's doing everything we
tell him to do and I'm hoping it's going to be the lower side of
The Friars played without their starting point guard, Donnie
McGrath, who missed the game with the flu.