Massachusetts 77, Providence 75: Terrell Vinson’s tip-in as time expired powered the Minutemen to their second dramatic victory in as many games in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament.
Jesse Morgan scored a team-high 18 points, Chaz Williams chipped in 17 and Vinson added 14 for Massachusetts (2-0), which will meet No. 6 North Carolina State in Friday's semifinals after winning its season opener against Harvard at the buzzer on a 3-pointer from Sampson Carter.
After a 3-pointer from Morgan tied the game at 75 with 1:26 remaining, Williams’ 15-foot jumper hit off the back iron with just over a second remaining, giving Vinson enough time to collect the rebound in mid-air and score off the glass.
Without the services of injured point guard Vincent Council, the Friars appeared to be rattled initially by Massachusetts’ full-court pressure. Providence settled in as the half wore on, trimming an 11-point lead to 41-35 at the break with 10 offensive rebounds while the Minutemen committed 10 turnovers.
Bryce Cotton had 23 points for the Friars (2-1).
GAME NOTEBOOK: In the first matchup between the schools since 2000, Massachusetts improved to 6-22 all-time against Providence. … Council’s injury in the season opener left the Friars with only six academically eligible scholarship players available for this entire event. … Cotton, Kadeem Batts and LaDontae Henton have accounted for 177 of the Friars’ 220 points this season.