No. 16 Providence rallies late, downs No. 18 Butler 71-68

Providence guard Kris Dunn (3) raises his arms in the air after hitting a three-point shot during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Butler, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Providence, R.I. Providence guard Drew Edwards (25) runs toward Dunn smiling as Providence defeated Butler 71-68. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Ben Bentil scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half, and 16th-ranked Providence rallied late to outlast No. 18 Butler 71-68 on Tuesday night.

Rodney Bullock added 16 points for the Friars (16-3, 4-2 Big East), who improved to 3-1 this season against ranked opponents. It was Providence's second victory over Butler this season.

The Friars fought through some early foul trouble and poor shooting to overcome a four-point deficit in the closing minutes.

On Butler's final possession, Kelan Martin missed a 3-pointer, the Bulldogs got the rebound and Kellan Dunham fired up a desperation 3 at the buzzer that missed everything.

Dunham led Butler (13-5, 2-4) with 21 points, including six 3-pointers, while Roosevelt Jones added 16.

The Bulldogs have lost four straight games to ranked foes.