Massachusetts 69, Rhode Island 67

Ricky Harris’ layup with 3.5 seconds remaining gave

Massachusetts a 69-67 victory over Rhode Island on Saturday that

clinched an Atlantic 10 Conference tournament berth for the

Minutemen.

Harris scored 28 points and moved into third place in career

scoring for the Minutemen (11-19, 5-11) with 1,917 points, passing

Lou Roe.

The Rams (21-8, 9-7) led 49-40 with 11:38 left before a 12-1 run

gave Massachusetts a 52-50 lead.

After a layup by Delroy James gave Rhode Island its final lead,

62-61, with 2:49 left, baskets by Terrell Vinson and Harris put the

Minutemen ahead by three.

Rhode Island’s Marquis Jones tied the game at 67 on two free

throws with 37 seconds left but missed a 3-point try at the buzzer

after Harris’ go-ahead layup.

Javorn Farrell scored 12 points and Freddie Riley 11 for

Massachusetts.

Jones scored 15 points and James 12 for Rhode Island.