Rams Lose Heartbreaker as #23 Providence Escapes, 74-72, on Tip-In at Buzzer

Rams Lose Heartbreaker as #23 Providence Escapes, 74-72, on Tip-In at Buzzer

How It Happened
Rhode Island lost a heartbreaker as No. 23 Providence scored on a Ben Bentil tip-in at the buzzer to give the visiting Friars a 74-72 victory Saturday night.

After Jared Terrell tied the game for the Rams (5-3) on a jumper with six seconds to go, Providence's Kris Dunn drove the lane and had a layup go off the rim. Bentil – who also had a dunk with 34 seconds to go – managed to just tip the ball in and give the Friars (8-1) the win.

Providence led 70-66 with 2:00 to go after Dunn stole an inbound pass and drove the length of the court for a dunk. A Kuran Iverson layup followed by a pair of Terrell free throws tied the score with 46 seconds left, setting up the dramatic final moments.

Inside the Box Score

  • Sophomore Jarvis Garrett had career highs in points and rebounds, scoring 17 and grabbing seven boards. Garrett consistently drove the lane past the Providence defense. 
  • Sophomore Jared Terrell had a season-high 19 points to go with four assists, three rebounds and two steals.
  • Junior Hassan Martin had 15 points and eight boards. Six of his rebounds came on the offensive end - a major reason Rhody had 21 second-chance points.
  • Freshman Christion Thompson had 10 points in the first half, including a four-point play when he was fouled while draining a 3-pointer right in front of the Providence bench. Thompson finished the night 3-for-3 from beyond the arc.
  • The Rhody rookie had a big hustle play in the second half, beating two Friars to a loose ball and managing to get the ball to Jared Terrell for a 3-point basket. 
  • Rhode Island started the game 0-for-6 from 3-point range, but then hit four of its next five attempts in the first half. The Rams finished 7-of-21 from beyond the arc.
  • This was the first game this season Rhode Island has not had a player with at least three steals. As a team, the Rams had just five on the night. 
  • Providence was led by Ben Bentil's 23 points and eight rebounds. Star Kris Dunn had 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and six turnovers.
  • Rhode Island's bench outscored Providence's bench 14-4. The Friars had a 46-28 edge for points in the paint.

Stats of the Game

  • 14 – There were 14 ties in the game, including 10 in the second half. 
  • 7,678 – The capacity crowd of 7,678 was the largest at the Ryan Center this season.

What's Next
Rhode Island is back in the Ryan Center Tuesday night to host Houston. The game tips off at 7 p.m.

The Rhody Sports Network will air the game live on B101 (101.5 FM), with Steve McDonald and Don Kaull. The pre-game show begins 30 minutes before tipoff.