Providence, R.I. - The Providence men's basketball team defeated Brown in overtime, 77-72, behind 21 points and nine rebounds from Rodney Bullock (Hampton, Va.) on Wednesday night at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
Bullock was one of five different Friars to finish with double figures in scoring.
Freshman Makai Ashton-Langford (Worcester, Mass.) making his first start of the season scored 11 points, dished out seven assists, and corralled five rebounds.
Alpha Diallo (New York N.Y.) also finished with 11 points while Jalen Lindsay (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Maliek White (Richmond, Va.) each scored 10 points.
The Friars outscored Brown 9-4 in the overtime period with Ashton-Langford providing Providence's only basket of the frame. After Ashton-Langford's layup put the Friars up 71-70, Bullock and senior Kyron Cartwright (Compton, Calif.) combined to knock down six free throws over the final two minutes to seal the win.
Providence trailed 40-28 to begin the second half, but slowly worked their way back into the game.
Ashton-Langford scored four early second half points, and a Diallo bucket cut the Bears lead to 47-39 with 14:55 to play.
Just over three minutes later after back-to-back baskets by Bullock cut the Friars' deficit to six, Diallo drained a three pointer to pull Providence within three, 52-49.
After being down for the entire game, Ashton-Langford finally gave the Friars their first lead as his pretty finish at the basket capped off a 21-7 run for Providence that put them up 55-54 with 8:20 to play.
The two sides traded baskets into the contest's waning moments. It appeared as though the Friars were going to escape with a regulation win as Diallo flushed a two handed slam off a feed from Cartwright and Lindsey splashed a three from the corner to put Providence up 67-63 with less than a minute to play.
Brown, however, refused to go away as trailing by three with less than 20 seconds to go Tamenang Choh drove to the basket and finished an and-one layup to tie the game at 68 and send it to overtime.
The Bears started 9-of-11 from the field and behind eight points from Brandon Anderson took a 19-11 lead at the under 12 media timeout.
Providence clawed its way back as a three pointer by Lindsey and a tip in by Kalif Young (Vaughan, Ontario) cut the Bears lead to 24-21.
Brown, however, weathered the Friars brief spurt and a three pointer by Anderson pushed the Bears advantage back up to 10, 33-23, with four minutes to go in the half.
Obi Okolie drilled a three pointer with the shot clock winding down to hand Brown a 40-28 lead at the break.
Next up the Friars travel to take on UMass Amherst on Saturday at the Mullin Center with tipoff scheduled for 3pm.
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